Cine Las Americas is proud to announce the 18th Annual Cine Las Americas International Film Festival, scheduled for April 22 – 26, 2015. Films will be presented at partnership venues The Marchesa, The Mexican American Cultural Center and St. Edward’s University. The festival will once again offer narrative and documentary feature and short films and videos, as well as experimental and animation selections, in competitive and non-competitive sections.

For the 18th consecutive year, Austin will serve as host to a wide range of international films and filmmakers as the festival creates networking opportunities for industry professionals, and provides a rich cultural experience for statewide audiences. The festival will showcase contemporary films from the US, Canada, Latin America (North Central, South America, and the Caribbean) and the Iberian Peninsula. All films are presented in English and/or subtitled.

Jean Lauer leads the coordination of this year’s festival as Film Festival Director. Lauer has worked with Cine Las Americas since 2009 as film programmer for the festival and other year round Cine screenings. “Cine Las Americas is an organization that, like many arts organizations, continues to evolve over the years,” says Lauer. “Each year, Cine’s goal is to respond to new trends and voices in film and media arts, and showcase the best local, national and international talent at the festival.”

In 2014, the festival screened 63 feature films and 81 short films, representing over 30 countries. In its history, Cine Las Americas has presented more than 1,700 films in Austin and at various screenings across the state of Texas, becoming one of the most prestigious Latino film organizations in the country.

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