This weekends inaugural Oklahoma Cine Latino Film Festival includes over 20 films by Latino filmmakers, including feature films, documentaries, shorts and music videos.
Four local filmmakers have submitted projects for the event, which runs Friday and Saturday, but it has piqued interest from far south of the U.S. border, too.
"People who follow the film festival circuit have been finding us, so we have filmmakers from all over the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America, said Rogelio Almeida, an Oklahoma City-based filmmaker who helped organize the event.
The all-day portion on Saturday is free, and most films are family-friendly, Almeida said. (Check our listing for film ratings.)
"Most film festivals charge for admission to the event and to different screenings," Almeida said. "We wanted to make the festival free to the public so we could better showcase Latino filmmakers and encourage people to get involved in the industry."
The festival mission is to showcase Latino filmmakers, create awareness for the industry in the state and inspire involvement from the community.
Included in the Saturday portion of the festival are workshops, family activities, age-appropriate short films, presentations and student film competitions. The guest juror for that contest is award-winning actress Lymari Nadal (CSI: NY, Thieves and Liars, Battlestar Galactica). She might be best-known to U.S. audiences as the wife of Denzel Washington's character in the film American Gangster.
Gray Frederickson, an Oklahoma City Community College professor and a member of the team that produced The Godfather, also will be one of several featured speakers.
Five feature films including Nadal's América, a film she wrote and in which she played the title character will be screened during the festival. América shows Friday night as part of the opening VIP reception at El Nacional Media Group, 300 SW 25th St.
The Friday reception also includes food, drink, music and a Q&A with Nadal. Admission to Fridays event is $25.
Student films are Saturdays primary focus, and Almeida said the jury will evaluate films in two categories: high school and college.
"We want to separate them into categories so that the competition is more fair," Almeida said. "Nadal is the main juror, but we are pleased that award-winning screenwriter Nora Contreras will also be on the jury."
Almeida rounds out the judges panel.
Contreras is an actress, producer and writer. Her award-winning film Habitos Curiosos was recently screened in OKC and will be shown Saturday, along with Yveete, on which she was an actor and executive producer. The competition concludes with a Q&A with participating filmmakers, followed by a presentation of Cine Latino awards.
Almeida said that Instructions Not Included, showing Saturday, is the highest-grossing film in the U.S. that is written, produced and directed by a Latino team. The film has grossed over $100 million.
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