HITN TV is officially accepting application submissions from aspiring participants for its ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival, set to debut from 18th Sept. to 16th October of this year. “This initiative aims to shine a light on compelling, untold Latinx stories," said Lina Sands, Director of Marketing at HITN. "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."
The online film festival, intended to celebrate and support the work of emerging filmmakers and creatives, was initially supposed to launch last year, but was delayed as a result of the pandemic. “We’re excited to be back and look forward to welcoming submissions for our rescheduled 2021 inaugural edition," added Luis Alejandro Molina, ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival Director. “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.”
The festival 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. “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,” Molina said.
Beyond the film festival, the ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival presents 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. Fees vary by date and entry-type.”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," Molina said.
The ¡Tú Cuentas! Cine Youth Festival hosts short films that feature a Latinx in a creative lead position either in front or behind the camera. High school and college students are invited to direct, shoot and create their films to enter the festival. English or Spanish-language works of fiction or nonfiction are welcome. All submitted films must be a duration of 30 minutes or less in length. Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on CineYouthFest.org or through Film Freeway.
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.” Lina Sands Director of Marketing, HITN