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17th Cine Las Americas International Film Festival
Full Program by Program Section


New Releases [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of fourteen narrative and documentary features by the finest emerging and established filmmakers to audiences in Central Texas. This year’s selections represent thirteen countries’ participation in production and co-production of the films, and highlights a diversity of themes, genres and styles characteristic of contemporary national and international cinema trends.


Las Movies: The Films of Efraín Gutiérrez [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas launched Las Movies in October of 2013. The intention of this recurrent series is to challenge audiences to reconsider cultural representations and stereotypes, and to inspire young filmmakers to renew in their work themes that are relevant to Mexican-American culture.

Narrative Feature Competition [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of twelve films from emerging and promising talent, including selections from all over the Americas and the Iberian Peninsula in a variety of genres and form. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Narrative Feature.


Documentary Feature Competition [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a selection of twelve documentaries on a wide variety of topics, representing diversity in audio design, narrative style, and formal technique, with the common thread of including themes and points of view that are underrepresented in popular media. The works screened in this category are eligible for both a jury award and an audience award for Best Documentary Feature.


Panorama Feature Films [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important narrative and documentary feature films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the features program; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation.


Hecho En Tejas [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents “Hecho en Tejas,” a series of films shot and/or produced in Texas, to showcase the wide variety of work being produced in the state by filmmakers with varied backgrounds. Five features as well as a selection of nine short films are scheduled during this year’s festival. For a fifth consecutive year, Cine Las Americas is pleased to count on a partnership with the Texas Archive of the Moving Image (TAMI) to present a jury award to the best “Hecho en Tejas” film.

Narrative Shorts Competition [Go to Films]

The narrative short film competition at Cine Las Americas represents some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, from the abstract to the realistic, the tragic to the comic, and everything in between. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Narrative Short.

Documentary Shorts Competition [Go to Films]

The documentary short film competition at Cine Las Americas includes some of the most powerful and compelling work programmed at the festival, representing individual and community topics and concerns in their contemporary contexts. These films will open for features throughout the festival, and are eligible for a jury award for Best Documentary Short.

Panorama Short Films [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas presents a diverse array of important narrative and documentary short films, which we consider essential to share with Central Texas audiences. Collectively, the films represent innovative and independent filmmakers in compliment to the rest of the program; they showcase a variety of traditionally underrepresented cultures and issues, personal experiences, new perspectives and aesthetic innovation.

Emergencia Youth Film Day [Go to Films]

Cine Las Americas is pleased to open the 2014 Emergencia lineup with two special presentations, in cooperation with the Austin School of Film and the Smithsonian National Museum of American Indian. Following the special programs, the Emergencia Youth Jury members will share the competition lineup with those in attendance; the films in competition are eligible for an audience award for Best Emergencia Youth Film. As a celebration of filmmakers on the rise, the Emergencia Youth Film Competition represents a special section of the festival showcasing works by filmmakers 19 years or younger. This year, the competition was curated by members representing Connelly Cougar Productions, based in Austin, Texas. 



The Marchesa Hall and Theater, Austin Film Society's new home for classic, independent and art house film programming, will feature Opening and Closing nights, international new releases, and 'Hecho en Tejas,' a rich selection of films made in Texas.

Marchesa will also host a retrospective of films by pioneer Mexican American filmmaker Efraín Gutiérrez. A native of west San Antonio, Guriérrez single-handedly won a place in Texas cinemas for Chicano films during the seventies. The director, actor, writer and producer will be in attendance for the screening of three feature films and one short documentary, presented in restored archival 35mm prints.

The Alamo Drafthouse Village will be home for the festival with two auditoriums, screening the full Narrative Competition lineup including twelve feature films and as many short films. New Releases and films screening in the official selection of the program will complement this schedule. The Village allows for festival goers to decide between multiple screenings and reprisals, and selected screenings will have directors and talent in attendance.

The Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center will present free screenings throughout the festival. The Documentary Competition will be programmed here, in addition to the official selection of documentary features and the Emergencia Youth Film Day on Saturday, April 26. Free screenings will also be offered at St. Edward's University, bringing screenings of high educational value and international interest to the community.