Thirteen San Antonio filmmakers will be among 182 films from around the world to be screened at the 17th annual San Antonio Film Festival.
The festival, which begins June 16, is directed by longtime San Antonio filmmaker and film instructor Adam Rocha. The festival will feature 11 days of short, narrative and documentary films at six different locations around the city through June 26. Four of the screening events will be free.
“It’s the longest festival we’ve had to date,” said Rocha, 38, whose festival last year received a nomination for excellence by the Hollywood Reporter.
“The entire world comes to San Antonio. It’s a wonderful opportunity to come out and show the world that San Antonio audiences appreciate and support film,” he said.
Rocha, who is also an award-winning high school teacher and college film professor at San Antonio College, partnered for the first time this year with local PBS station KLRN’s “Fresh Cut” film competition to showcase local films produced by area students.
As a result, the festival will feature 22 films by local student filmmakers during a night of free outdoors screenings from 8 p.m. – midnight, Saturday, June 18 at Pearl Park, 200 E. Grayson. The films also will be aired on KLRN in July.
In addition to the free outdoor screenings, two free workshops will be held during the course of the festival. One by former San Antonio filmmaker James F. Robinson, writer/director of “Still Breathing,” will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, June 24 at the Instituto Cultural De Mexico, 600 Hemisfair Park. The workshop will focus on producing films on a small budget.
The second workshop will focus on music licensing for film projects. It will be held Saturday, June 25, at the same place and time, and conducted by Austin film music supervisor Dominique Preyer. Preyer has worked on many films, including “The Ascent,” and “Lovely, Still.”
Rocha curated the festival along with esteemed San Antonio filmmakers Joy-Marie Scot, Ralph Lopez and Scott Langford.
Ten jury prizes will be awarded.
One of the highlights of the festival will be a documentary produced by Eva Longoria called “The Harvest/La Cosecha,” directed by German director U. Roberto Romano. The film documents the lives of children who work in the fields for 12 hours a day for six months in the United States.
Rocha said Longoria’s documentary represents a link between the local film community and the rest of the world.
“If you have Eva Longoria working with a German director, we are one world in that instance,” he said.
If You Go
Cost per person for the event is $10 per day, $15 for evening screenings only and $75 for the entire festival.
The locations include: The Friendly Spot, 943 S. Alamo St.; the Main Plaza, 115 Main Plaza; Pearl Park, 200 E. Grayson; San Antonio Public Library, Central Library, 600 Soledad; Instituto Cultural de Mexico, auditorium and Orozco Gallery, 600 Hemisfair Park; San Antonio Museum of Art, 200 West Jones.
For more information, call (210) 977-9004.