Meet the filmmakers at SFLFF

Come get to know our visiting filmmakers at their Q&As, our opening night party and other functions. We’re adding more daily! Follow on Twitter for additions.

1.    Director Maru Buendía-Senties, Windows Q&A 9/17 7PM and opening night party.

2.    Reed Rickert, The Third Root, Q&A 9/17 5PM Opera Plaza Cinema and opening night party.

3.    Director Daniel Chávez Ontiveros, The Swan Kick Off Sept 7 – KPIX / CBS Studio Sept 7 5:30pm-8pm, opening night party and screening of film for Q&A (check schedule http://bit.ly/SFLFFTix)

4.    Director Agustin Contrera, Ruta Madre (Going South) Opening night film Q&A and opening night party.

5.    Director Arlan Parsa, The Way to Andina  Q&A Opera Plaza Cinema 9/16 1PM and opening night party.

CALL FOR ENTRIES: SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017

 

UPDATED June 19, 2017  

SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL 2017 CALL FOR ENTRIES
Bay Area film group invites creatives to participate in their 9th annual festival

SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Cine+Mas, a year round Bay Area film group, invites the film community to submit their short, feature, narrative, or documentary film made by, with or about Latinos to their 9th annual SF Latino Film Festival.

Festival dates are set for September 15-30, 2017 at multiple Bay Area theaters. The community event series is aimed at showcasing film from the Americas and the organizers invite everyone to take part in the festivities.

Those who would like to sponsor, host, or participate in upcoming events can contact a Cine+Mas development rep directly at info [at] sflatinofilmfestival [dot] com. And for more information about year-round programming, follow Cine+Mas on Twitter here.
Click on the FilmFreeway button below to get started with the submission process!

Cine+Mas is a fiscally sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501 (C) 3 non-profit organization. Outside of the group’s signature event each September, Cine+Mas hosts monthly screenings and collaborations with other festivals in San Francisco including: Calle 24 Arts Walk, Berlin & Beyond Film Fest, SF Int’l Film Fest, SF LGBT Film Festival, SF Jewish Film Fest, and promotional early screenings of mainstream films. Go to sflatinofilmfestival.org for more.

Media contact: Virginia Chavez, gini@sflatinofilmfestival.com

SF LATINO FILM FESTIVAL SETS LOCATIONS, SEEKS COLLABORATORS

The SF Latino Film Festival is gearing up for its 8th annual September events, celebrating independent film from the Americas and Europe. Our goal is to showcase film by, about, or made with Latinos—to shine a light on inclusion. Other films are presented to expose our innovative and influential Bay Area audiences to popular foreign film as a way to celebrate cultural differences.

The festival committee invites collaborators to sponsor, host, and contribute content to our upcoming events. Venues on the confirmed schedule include the following Bay Area locations.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema – New Mission 2550 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94110

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DeYoung Museum 50 Hagiwara Tea Garden Dr, San Francisco, CA 94118

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Eastside Arts Alliance 2277 International Blvd, Oakland, CA 94606

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Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 701 Mission St, San Francisco, CA 94103

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For more information, contact the festival development rep directly here: http://bit.ly/bizdevsf. The SF Latino Film Festival is a 501 C non-profit organization. Outside of our signature event each September, we host monthly screenings and collaborations with other festivals in San Francisco, including: Berlin & Beyond Film Fest, SF Int’l Film Fest, SF LGBT Film Festival, SF Jewish Film Fest, SF Flamenco Festival aside from promotional early screenings of mainstream films.

 

Short film casting call

Friend of the Cine+Mas and local filmmaker Noe Flores wants to see if you fit the bill! Auditions today and Saturday.  This is also posted as an active casting call on SFCasting.com. For more info, you can also contact Noe at noe.m.flores  (AT) gmail (DOT) com.

Here are the character breakdowns and audition info:

Angel, male, Latino, 30-40 years of age, speaks Spanish. Angel is bad dude. No smiles from this guy. Angel is from Mexico originally but has been in the US for many years now. He knows Juan (the principal role) from work, they both work at a restaurant, and has convinced Juan that you have do some illegitimate things if you want to survive as an immigrant. He’s very street savvy and will seize any opportunity to make more money at any cost. *PLEASE NOTE IF YOU SPEAK SPANISH

Nicolas, male, Latino, Teenager. Speaks spanish. Nicolas is a teenager. He is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and has been in the United States for a year. The only reason he’s here is because his older brother brought him, thinking he would have a better life in the U.S. He’s a good student but what he excels at is running. Running is what got him noticed in El Salvador. The local gangs were looking to him to join them and do some running for them when his older brother saw this and decided to bring Nicolas to the U.S. They now live in a large city in a shabby space and unsure of what the future holds. The younger you appear, the better. *PLEASE NOTE IF YOU SPEAK SPANISH

Juan, male, early to mid 20’s, Latino, speaks Spanish. Juan is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador and has been in the U.S. for 1 year. He came to bring his little 13 brother who was close to getting involved some of the gangs in E.S. He currently works as a busboy in a restaurant but is not earning a whole lot so he sometimes dabbles in criminal activity to get by. He doesn’t like doing it and definitely doesn’t want his little brother to get involved. Juan loves his family and will do what he must for his little brother. *PLEASE NOTE IF YOU SPEAK SPANISH

The auditions are Monday, Wednesday (24 June) from 7-9:30 and Saturday (27 June) from 10am – 1pm.

What: Audition for a short film

When: Wednesday June 24 7-9:30pm & Saturday June 27 10am-1pm

Where: 925 Mission Street, San Francisco

Filmmaker Diversity Program at HBO

HBOAccess is a new four-week program created by HBO to provide project development, master classes and mentoring opportunities to emerging, diverse filmmakers, and it’s accepting applications starting today.

The intent of the program to “identify diverse talent, provide development and mentorship, and afford participants opportunity to create short-form content for HBO,” per the premium network’s announcement. Filmmakers equipped with knowledge of cameras and scripts (and the ability to be in Los Angeles for the production period in June — housing and travel are not included) are allowed to submit one narrative directing sample (either a full-length feature, short or webisode).

Four filmmakers will be chosen from the submissions, and each will be paired with a mentor (an HBO development executive), provided with creative master classes and given a budget to create short-form content for HBO. At the end of the four-week process, each project will be considered for production as a 10-15 minute film or webisode series to air on various HBO platforms including, but not limited to, HBO Go, HBO, HBO’s YouTube channel, HBO.com film festivals, charity screenings and other outlets.

“We are thrilled to present this opportunity to filmmakers who might not otherwise find their way through our doors,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. “I believe this undertaking will serve as a valuable experience not only for those who are chosen to participate, but for us at HBO as well.”

 

The timeline for submissions is as follows:

Feb. 3, 2014 – Application process opens at withoutabox.com.

March 3, 2014 – Application process closes (or on the date upon which submissions reach the cap of 500 applicants, whichever comes first).

March 2014 – 20 candidates will be chosen to advance to second-round interviews (conducted in person or via Skype). Candidates will be expected to discuss their project in detail. Additionally, candidates must own and assign to HBO all rights necessary to develop and produce their idea.

May 8, 2014 – Four finalists are notified.

June 3, 2014 to June 26, 2014 – HBOAccess™ program is held in Los Angeles.

 

HBO’s definition of “diverse” includes those who identify as Asian Pacific American, Sub-Continent Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans and women.

Source: Indiewire

Call for Entries Extended – June 7

Cine+Mas SF has extended the call for entries. The deadline is May 17 June 7.  Shorts, features, documentaries, or narrative fiction- all welcome.  The Festival includes films from the US, Latin America, the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal.

eMail us or call if you have any questions or requests (fee waiver?).

For full details and the form click here: http://bit.ly/2013Entries

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Cine+Más SF ha extendido la convocatoria. La fecha límite es el 17 de mayo 7 de junio. Cortometrajes, largometrajes, documentales o narrativas de ficción todos bienvenidos. El Festival incluye películas de los EE.UU., América Latina, el Caribe, España y Portugal.

Envíenos un correo electrónico o llame si  tiene cualquier duda o petición (¿exención de cuotas?).

Para más detalles y la ficha de inscripción haga clic aquí: http://bit.ly/2013Entries

@SFLucho

 

 

Attention Bay Area Documentary Makers- SF Foundation Grant Opp

Call for Proposals: Bay Area Documentary Fund

Many award winning documentaries have emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area. In recognition of this notable documentary tradition, The San Francisco Foundation invites accomplished film/video/digital media artists to apply to the Bay Area Documentary Fund for early production support. Last year, the Bay Area Documentary Fund granted $125,000 to seven documentary movies.

This year, grants ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 will be given to support documentary projects in early production phases by experienced filmmakers with an esteemed body of previously created work.

Projects should address issues pertinent to the five Bay Area counties we serve – Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, San Francisco, or San Mateo – and align with the Foundation’s programmatic goals. The San Francisco Foundation is interested in documentaries exploring issues that have been historically underexposed, misinterpreted, or ignored.

Complete proposals are due Friday, April 12, 2013, by 11:59 p.m.

For complete eligibility requirements, application instructions, and evaluation criteria, please visit our Bay Area Documentary Fund page.

Please note that this application requires an online application as well as submission of previously completed work.

If you have additional questions, please contact Tere Romo, Arts and Culture program officer, at 415.733.8523 or tromo@sff.org.

2013 Oscar Nominations Announced

The 2013 Oscar nominees were announced this morning.  Film lovers everywhere will surely be playing catch-up to see some of the films nominated. Of particular interest to us is to spotlight  those films nominated that have either a US-Latino, Latin American, or Spanish theme, cast, or production. The Oscars air on Sunday February 24th on ABC 4PM/PST.

Argo has seven nominations including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor, Film Editing, Music (Original Score), Sound Editing, Sound Mixing – Jose Antonio Garcia, Writing (Adapted Screenplay) . The film is inspired by the  true-life account of former CIA agent Tony Mendez, author of The Master of Disguise.

No is a Chilean production directed by Pablo Larraín nominated for Foreign Language Film.  Gael Garcia Bernal stars in this drama about an ad man that put together the campaign to defeat Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet back in 1988.

Claudio Miranda

Claudio Miranda is nominated for Cinematography for Life of Pi. This is his second nomination having been nominated in the same category in 2009 for The Curious Life of Benjamin Button.  Miranda was born in Chile.

 

 

Paco Delgado

Paco Delgado is nominated for Costume Design for Les Misérables. Delgado is a Spanish born costume designer with a long list of film credits including  the Almodovar films- The Skin I Live In and  Bad Education.

 

Sixto Rodriguez

Searching for Sugarman is nominated for Feature Documentary. The subject of the film is Sixto Rodriguez, a 70’s Mexican-American folk singer who was a cult-hero in South Africa but unknown and  forgotten elsewhere.

 

 

Inocente is nominated for Documentary Short Subject. This is an inspiring film about a homeless, undocumented teen in San Diego pursuing her passion for life and art. Inocente narrates the film.

Fresh Guacamole is nominated for Short Film (Animated). There’s nothing more Mexican than guacamole.

@SFLucho

Official Selection Short Films 2012

This is the Official Selection of Shorts.

Get the entire schedule here: http://bit.ly/FestSchedule2012. For the full schedule of events look at this calendar. Select “agenda” calendar view to see it more clearly. The festival dates are September 13-28, 2012.

Vote for your Favorite Short Film by texting 64631.

101 A Doctor’s job
104 Behind the Mirror
106 Bombing Arizona
110 Dry
111 Each Time I Remember I Forget
114 God Only Watches
116 Inverted, 3 1/2 turns, in the Tuck Position
120 Maestra
121 Miles Away
129 The Crazy Life
130 The Crocodile
131 The Empty Nest
133 The Invisible Line
134 The People’s Wardrobe
135 The Volcano
136 Tropico Exotico
140 We’re All Meant To Be Queens

There are three programs including Latin America, LGBT, and US Latino. Some shorts are paired with features.

Every Time I Remember I Forget/ Cada Vez Que Me Acuerdo Me Olvido
Uruguay/Spain/UK 2011 14 min
Dir. Laura González

Maria is an old lady suffering from Alzheimers who keeps returning to her childhood during the Spanish Civil War.  Rosa, a young Colombian, has lived through a war in her own country.  When she starts taking care of Maria, it is the beginning of a special relationship.
*Shown with feature- Children of Memory
Sept 16 1:15PM Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://childrenofmemory.bpt.me
Sept 23 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://memory.bpt.me

The Invisible Line / La Línea Invisible
Mexico/France/USA 2011 43 min
Dir. Lisa Díez Gracia
The Hñahñu (Otomi Indians) community of El Alberto, Hidalgo (Mexico) organizes a strange tourist attraction. An eco-park by day, after nightfall transforms into a representation of the U.S.-Mexican border. Community members help reenact the illegal border crossing, complete with border patrol and narcos, in order to give tourists a more realistic perspective on the trials of the journey. Shown with Maestra.
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center. Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me

Maestra
USA 2012 33 min
Dir. Catherine Murphy

Cuba, 1961: 250,000 volunteers taught 700,000 people to read and write in one year. 100,000 of the teachers were under 18 years old. Over half were women. This story is told through the personal testimonies of the young women who taught in rural communities across the island – and found themselves deeply transformed in the process.
*Shown with The Invisible Line
Sept 22 3PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://maestra.bpt.me

Miles Away
USA 2012 12 min
Dir. Ariel Dovas, Jose Alfaro
On moving day, a mother and her son unpack their differences and discover a new home together. *Shown with feature, Smuggled, Sept 15 1PM Opera Plaza.
Tickets: http://smuggled.bpt.me

The Volcano/ El Volcan
2012 Chile 22 min
Dir. Pablo Abrahams

Luisito and Alexis are two kids who are involved in a story of friendship and survival in a marginal slum in Santiago, Chile.
*Shown with feature Voices of Chile Sept 23 1PM Mission Cultural Center .Tickets: http://voicesofchilemcc.bpt.me Sept 24 7:30PM Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center. Tickets: http://voicesofchile.bpt.me

Latin American Shorts Program
Sept 26 7:30PM ATA, ickets: http://latinamericanshorts.bpt.me
Dry / A Secas
Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Andreas Papacostas
An animated short on water conservation.
The Empty Nest / El Nido Vacío
Spain/Venezuela/USA 2012 25 min
Director/Writer: Francisco Lupini-Basagoiti

A scatterbrained, well-meaning sex therapist embarks on a journey to reconnect with her angst-ridden son after discovering his troubles may stem from the sizable ‘problem’ tucked inside his trousers.
Inverse, 3 ½ Turns, in Position C/ Inverso Tres y Media Vueltas, en Posición C
Mexico 2012 2 min
Dir. Carlos Lenin
A young man dives into the abyss. Alongside him, a young couple caresses and smiles hanging onto a moment of ecstasy.
The People’s Wardrobe/ El Ropero del Pueblo
Chile 2011 20 min
Dir. Peter McPhee Cruz

Chile, 1932. In middle of an economic depression Alicia helps by repairing worn out clothes that are delivered to poor people. She meets a younger girl who forms part of the world Alicia will discover: the world of poverty. A friendship ensues despite their differences and the political tension around them.
Trópico Exótico
Colombia 2012 22 min
Dir. Viviana Gómez Echeverry

Emilio’s dream of being an established musician is coming to fruition as his band becomes more and more successful.  Then Violeta, his ex-girlfriend and muse, suddenly comes back one night, shaking things up and reigniting their relationship.  Just when everything seems to be going right, destiny plays a dirty card that will change their lives.

LGBT Latino Shorts Program
Sept 26 at ATA. Tickets: http://lgbtshorts.bpt.me
Fallen Comrade
USA 2012 13 min Drama
Dir. James Valdez
A story about the bond between two soldiers and the impact after one is lost in combat. *Also show with feature doc, Homeboy, Sept 16 7:15.

Recipe for Love
2011 USA 26 min. LGBT
Dir. Chauncey Wales
Two women from different backgrounds embark on a journey of self-discovery, passion, and their love of food.

We’re All Meant To Be Queens /Todas Íbamos a Ser Reinas
USA 2012 25 min
Dir. Miguel Angel Astudillo
An intimate portrait of  Aurora Grajeda & Rosa Cortez, two transgender women from Mexico living in San Francisco., where the intersecting experience of migration and self-discovery, reveal the inner struggle in coming to terms with their true identity .

US Latino Shorts Program
Sept 22 1PM Mission Cultural Center Tickets: http://uslatinoshorts.bpt.me
Bombing Arizona
USA 2012 8 min
Dir. Ricardo Bracamonte
What’s the motivation behind the work of graffiti artists?  The answers, both diverse and surprising, form a nuanced study of street art in Arizona. *Also shown with feature doc, Bertsolari, Sept 15 5:15pm. Opera Plaza Cinema. Tickets: http://bertsolari.bpt.me

The Crocodile / El Cocodrilo
USA 2012 15 min
Dir. Steve Acevedo
A Mexican journalist and a cartel assassin collide in a diner with tragic consequences for both.
*Also shown with feature doc, Reporter, Sept 16 Opera Plaza Cinema Tickets:http://reporter.bpt.me  and Sept 28 7PM MACLA Tickets:  http://reportero.bpt.me

A Doctor’s Job / ¡Una Carrerita, Doctor!
Peru/USA 2011 10 min

A stubborn but caring ER physician has to drive a taxicab in order to make ends meet in Lima, a city that constantly challenges his pride and work ethics.
Also shown with feature, Sin Padre, Sept 14 9:30PM Victoria Theater. Tickets: http://sinpadre.bpt.me

God Only Watches / Dios Solo Mira
Puerto Rico 2011 15 min Drama
Dir. Alejandro Villalba, Miguel Díaz Rivera

In the aftermath of an earthquake in Haiti, a photojournalist chooses to take the picture of a man’s suicide instead of saving his life. But as the photo becomes infamous, he is haunted by a series of mysterious photos that depict his own death.

La Vida Loca
Dir. Adrian Nava
USA 2012 28 min

A film based on a true story about the Chicano gang life and a young man’s search for redemption after his friend is murdered.


 

Call For Entries- 2012

The fourth edition of the San Francisco Latino Film Festival takes place in September. If you’re interested in submitting a film, you can download the application here.  We’re looking for recent works-  shorts and features, documentaries and fiction films- by US Latino, Latin American, and Iberian (Spain/Portugal) filmmakers. The mission of the festival is to provide a platform for these filmmakers and their stories.

Cine+Mas SF Latino Film Festival Entry Form 2012– PDF

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