Festival de Cine Latino Americano Makes its Debut in Fort Worth

Festival de Cine Latino Americano FDCLA latin cinema fort worth

In honor of Latin America’s countless contributions to the silver screen, a group of local actors, producers and film scholars unites to host the first annual Festival de Cine Latino Americano (FDCLA) in Fort Worth. Over 26 films will be screened at the Cine in La Gran Plaza in South Fort Worth, off of Seminary and I35W, opening its doors the evening of Thursday, September 22, 2016 to kick off a weekend of film, fun and a fiesta to remember—complete with hosts that are known locally and nationally. 

FDCLA's mission is to build awareness of independent films and film as an art form. The festival will be the largest Latino-based festival in North Texas. Besides the lineup of films, there will be events and panels by local filmmakers and talent. Local award-winning filmmaker Ya'ke Smith will participate in a discussion panel that will be moderated by Nancy De Los Santos, who is an advocate for Latinos in Hollywood. 

The FDCLA Opening Night film is The Thin Yellow Line with director Celso R. Garcia in attendence. VIP Tickets to the opening ceremony can be purchased for $100 on the Festival website, and include full access to the Festival as well as the opening ceremony where attendees will rub elbows with directors, producers and actors from some of the films. This price also includes food and drinks, and only a limited quantity will be sold.

Dozens of films from all over the world—from Texas to South America, and everywhere in between—are being screened to bring attendees the best of the best from short films to documentaries to feature-length pieces. One of the featured screenings is Humberto Busto's short film La Teta de Botero. Bustos will be in attendence. Entries will be judged and winners will be chosen to win awards that will be presented on the final night of the Festival (Sunday, the 25th). 

Tickets to the Festival are $10 a person per day, and more information can be found regarding when and where to purchase them on the Festival’s website. The Festival Passes include admission to the screenings of the films, and concessions from participating vendors will be available for separate purchase. Individuals, groups and companies interested in sponsoring FDCLA can get sponsorship info on the Festival’s webpage as well.

FDCLA International, LLC is a group formed by members of the Latin American film community in the DFW Metroplex whose mission is to increase awareness, exposure and participation in the Latin American film and arts.

FESTIVAL LINEUP

September 22-OPENING DAY from 6pm-9pm

FDCLA Featured Film- Thin Yellow Line

Roped off section of the Gran Plaza

Q&A with the director and cast

(VIP only)- Mingle with director and cast

Lite food and wine will be served

Live band will be playing

September 23- 6pm-9pm

Series of short films and feature films shown in Blocks

Workshops

Honoring a guest with an award

Q&A with the director and cast after each block

September 24-11am -10pm

Series of short films and feature films shown in Blocks

Workshops

Honoring a guest with an award

Q&A with the director and cast after each block

September 25-11am -10pm

Series of short films and feature films shown in Blocks

Workshops

Honoring a guest with an award

Q&A with the director and cast after each block

Awards ceremony for each category

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