The festival will debut from September 18 to October 16, 2021

HITN: Entries are officially being accepted for the first edition of the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival
30 de julio de 2021

HITN announced that entries are officially being accepted for the first edition of the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival to debut from September 18 to October 16, 2021. The online film festival, which champions young Latinx filmmakers, was previously planned for April 2020 but had to be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival is designed to support emerging Latinx filmmakers and creatives in their endeavors. It informs, inspires, and elevates the voices of those who struggle for visibility on screen and behind the camera by providing a platform for young changemakers to express themselves through art, creativity, and innovation.

“This initiative aims to shine a light on compelling, untold Latinx stories. We want to showcase the talents, vision, history, and culture of historically marginalized and underrepresented communities; in this way, the festival gives young Latinos a platform to express their perspectives through film.”, commented Lina Sands, director of Marketing at HITN.

“This festival’s theme speaks to what brought us to this moment in time and invites us to imagine a future where we are all seen, heard, and most importantly, counted. Beyond promoting diversity and inclusion, the festival and its series of Conversations Among X virtual panels are designed to invite discussion and reflection among the larger Latinx content-creating community about the issues that affect us today. Whether you are an amateur filmmaker in college or a high school student who aspires to make movies one day, we want to hear your story,” added Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival director.

It will also present a tri-weekly series of networking and entertaining virtual panels featuring well-known, award-winning filmmakers, artists, and creatives - all sharing their stories, experiences, and insights to help young Latinx looking to grow in the industry. Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on or through Film Freeway. Entries will be selected by submission only. Films must be 30 minutes or less in length.