Raza Cósmica: A constellation of Latinx sci-fi cinema is now accepting film submissions! San Antonio’s annual showcase of sci-fi and speculative films by Latinx and BIPOC filmmakers returns October 10-12, 2024.
Launched by MonteVideo in 2021, the festival is the signature program in the organization’s ongoing efforts to support Latinx-themed independent film screenings for underserved communities via non-traditional venues.
Previous editions of Raza Cósmica have showcased films from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, the Democratic Republic of Congo, France, Mexico, Peru, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Prior screenings have taken place at venues throughout San Antonio including Arthouse at Blue Star, Artpace, Cassiano Park, Central Library, the Jump-Start Performance Company, and Mission Marquee Plaza.
March 8, 2024 | Earlybird Deadline
May 10, 2024 | Deadline for Submissions
August 2, 2024 | Notification Date
Latina Spring Film Series
March 2, March 28, April 11, 2024
The Mexican American Civil Rights Institute (MACRI) and MonteVideo celebrate Women’s History Month with Latina Spring, a curated selection of inspiring films by women directors!
Presented in partnership with the Latino Collection and Resource Center, Indie Lens Pop-Up, and Jaime’s Place, these special screenings spotlight San Antonio filmmakers Chelsea Hernandez and Guillermina Zabala, folk music icon Joan Baez, and Academy Award-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio Martínez.
Watcha! | Joan Baez: I Am a Noise
Thursday, March 28, 2024| 7:00 PM Jaime’s Place | 1514 W. Commerce
Neither a conventional biopic nor a traditional concert film, this immersive documentary is a raw and intimate portrait of the legendary folk singer and activist that shifts back and forth through time as it follows Joan on her final tour and delves into her extraordinary archive, including newly discovered home movies, diaries, artwork, therapy tapes, and audio recordings.
A searingly honest look at a living legend, this film is a compelling and deeply personal exploration of an iconic artist who has never told the full truth of her life, as she experienced it, until now.
Watch the trailer here.
Watcha!: latina spring
Thursday, April 11, 2024| 8:00 PM Jaime’s Place | 1514 W. Commerce
This collection of award-winning short films features San Antonio artist Amalia Ortiz and filmmaker Guillermina Zabala, Corpus Christi native Sharon Arteaga, and Academy Award-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio Martínez.
Amalia Ortiz: La Valiente
Directed by Guillermina Zabala, 2021, USA, 10 min
This short documentary focuses on the creative process and inspiration of writer/performer Amalia Ortiz. Raised in the Rio Grande Valley and currently based in San Antonio, Ortiz is an award-winning writer, performer, and spoken word artist whose works speak of the Latino experience exploring themes about gender equality, police violence, cultural identity, and Chicano political resistance.
Directed by Evelyn Lorena, 2023, USA, 16 min
A young undocumented Guatemalan woman questions her worth as she dreams of joining a Country Club swim team in the American South. Watch the trailer here.
Directed by Sharon Arteaga, 2022, USA, 21 min
A self-involved teen and her overworked single mom confront their differences as their mobile home is towed away ... with them inside of it! Watch the trailer here.
Chica de Fábrica (Sweatshop Girl)
Directed by Selma Cervantes, 2023, Mexico, 16 min
Inés works as a seamstress in a sweatshop where pregnancy tests are periodically administered. When she becomes pregnant, she is sure that her condition will get her fired. She does everything she can to keep it a secret. Starring Academy Award-nominated actress Yalitza Aparicio Martínez. Watch the trailer here.
Directed by Kristal Sotomayor, 2023, USA, 21 min
Immigrant mother Linda Hernandez emerges as a community leader during the historic campaign to end the sharing of the Philadelphia police database with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Expanding Sanctuary tells a rarely told story about a Latinx immigrant community’s successful journey to change legislation and protect families.