The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center announces the call for entries for CineFestival San Antonio, the nation’s original and longest-running Latino film festival. Celebrating its 45th edition, San Antonio’s annual celebration of independent Latino cinema will take place July 11-14, 2024. The festival will accept films finalized after January 2023, continuing its call for programming focusing on Chicano, Latinx and Native American cinema, with an emphasis on Texas and San Antonio related films.

To learn more about the call for entries, including program sections, fees, and to submit a film, visit:

Featured programs this summer will include its traditional Mesquite Award nominees for Best Texas Short Film, Texas and San Antonio showcases, and a small selection of national and international Latinx feature and short films. Master classes and panels are designed for established filmmakers to share artistic insight and industry knowledge with attending filmmakers.

Almost fifty percent of the festival’s events will be free and open to the public. Free community events include Family Day, a Youth Film showcase including work made by artists 18 years old or younger, a matinee Senior Cinema screening for the area’s elderly film lovers and Cine en el Barrio. CineFestival San Antonio traditionally hosts screenings, Q&A sessions, panels, workshops, receptions and after parties.

As the Guadalupe Theater undergoes a full makeover, CineFestival will take place at different venues throughout San Antonio and the full line up of venues will be made available in early spring.

“It’s an honor to be part of CineFestival’s 45th edition continuing to be a destination for Latinx and Chicanx filmmakers working in Texas and beyond, and it is great to see a growing number of local San Antonio filmmakers share their work with us,” said CineFestival Director Eugenio del Bosque. “As the festival continues its long history, we are also looking forward to reaching new audiences and continuing to develop meaningful opportunities for exchanging of ideas and artistic insight for these participating artists.”

“CineFestival is honored to be able to continue serving a growing community of local, regional, and national film and media artists of all levels of experience. The spirit of the festival is to foster the work of San Antonio and Texas based filmmakers as their voices mature, while keeping our finger on the pulse of what nationwide filmmakers are producing and offering in an international context.” 

Important Dates: 

2/23/2024 - Open Call for Entries  

3/15/2024 – Early Bird Deadline  

5/5/2024 - Regular Deadline   

5/25/2024 - Late Deadline   

7/11/2024 to 7/14/2024 – 45th CineFestival San Antonio