BROOKLYN, NY – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Sep 20, 2021–
The eagerly awaited ¡Tú Cuentas! by HITN-TV! Cine Youth Fest is launching in a virtual format this week. The month-long online film festival (September 18 – October 16) showcases the work of aspiring Latinx filmmakers and creatives and is accessible through Tú Cuentas! Ciné Youth Fest website and YouTube channel.
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Premiere during Hispanic Heritage Month, Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest is a celebration of the impact and influence of Latinx creatives in the film industry. The festival allows storytellers to share their experiences and culture with the next generation of young content creators and inspires Latinx artists to grow in front of and behind the lens. (Graphic: Business Wire)
Premiere during Hispanic Heritage Month, Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest is a celebration of the impact and influence of Latinx creatives in the film industry. The festival allows storytellers to share their experiences and culture with the next generation of young content creators and inspires Latinx artists to grow in front of and behind the lens.
“Our young Latinx community offers distinct perspectives developed from unique life experiences. These storytellers just need a way to make their voices heard and our goal with the film festival is to provide a platform to amplify their work, ”said Lina Sands, Director of Marketing at HITN. “By the Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest, we offer them the opportunity to express their creativity and encourage an ongoing conversation about social and cultural change.
HITN has received over 400 short film submissions spanning a wide range of production styles, perspectives and topics. The online film festival will present a new selection of short films each week under a common theme:
- Arts and culture: Sep 17 – Sep 25
- The Next Generation of Latinx Filmmakers: Sep 27 – Oct 2
- Social justice, education and empowerment: Oct. 4 – Oct. 10
The Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest is presented in collaboration with educational institutions in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Dallas, Pennsylvania, Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico. An independent jury will assess all entries and select the top 20 finalists based on criteria such as subject knowledge, creativity in approaching the subject, technical aspects (such as directing, acting, cinematography and editing ), originality and inspiration. and the narrative impact of the play.
The Cine Youth Fest jury includes prominent Latinx arts leaders from across the country, including director Freddie Marrero, actor Julio Ramos, project director at the National Association of Independent Latino Producers (NALIP) Liliana Espinoza , director, writer and producer Paloma Suau, Mexican-American actor and producer Raul Torres, programmer and director Sophie Gordon, and professor of documentary production and LGBTQ non-fiction studies at Hunter College-CUNY Tami Kashia Gold.
A grand prize winner will be selected from the pool of finalists to receive a cash prize of $ 5,000. An additional student scholarship of $ 2,000 will be awarded for outstanding work submitted by a student. Other participants with honorable mentions will receive certificates to access virtual learning cinema courses. The winners will be announced on October 24, 2021 on HITN-TV at 11 a.m. ET and on the HITN GO network app.
The film festival builds on the foundations of HITN’s multiplatform initiative to increase the reach and visibility of independent filmmakers. In addition to participating in the film festival and scholarship competition, young filmmakers and creatives had the opportunity to participate in Conversations Among “X”, a roundtable series featuring key voices from the Latinx arts community who were broadcast live on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitch social media channels.
“Isolation and frustration have been recurring themes throughout 2020-2021 as COVID-19, social injustice and economic uncertainty have affected our communities,” said Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Director of the Ciné Jeunesse Festival. “Through the film festival, we have two goals: first, to reconnect the bridge between young Latinxes and the creative community at large; and second, to provide a showcase for a diverse storytelling that inspires and drives positive change. “
To mark the launch of the inaugural film festival, HITN will host the Cine Youth Fest Young Filmmakers Conference on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at St. Francis College in Brooklyn, NY, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. ET. The virtual event is free and open to the public.
During the Young Filmmakers Conference, students will have the opportunity to connect and engage with industry professionals. The event will feature interactive online workshops, panels and small group Q&A. Some of the highly anticipated sessions will focus on immersive storytelling and cinematography, while others, including the “Filmmakers Roundup” meetups, will give students the opportunity to connect directly with award-winning industry experts.
For more information on the Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Fest and the Young Filmmakers Conference, visit https://cineyouthfest.org/.
HITN-TV is a leading Spanish-language media company providing educational and cultural programming for the whole family. It reaches over 44 million homes in the United States and Puerto Rico via DIRECTV, AT&T U-verse, AT&T TV, DISH Network, Verizon FiOS TV, Comcast Xfinity, Charter Spectrum, Mediacom, CenturyLink, Prism and Altice, Liberty Cable & Claro (Puerto Rico). Download the “HITN GO” Everywhere application available on Apple, Android, Apple TV and Roku® with a wired subscription. For more information visit: www.hitn.org and follow @HITNtv on social platforms.
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