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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

SAFILM Releases Lineup, Dates for 2020 Festival, Which Will Run from August to December

Posted By on Wed, Jul 29, 2020 at 1:16 PM

click to enlarge Kevin (L) and Leslie Alejandro in Adult Night - COURTESY OF ALEJANDRO FILMS
  • Courtesy of Alejandro Films
  • Kevin (L) and Leslie Alejandro in Adult Night
Who needs one film festival when you can have five?

Like most film festivals across the nation this year, the 26th Annual San Antonio Film Festival (SAFILM) will go exclusively online – but will do so with a slight twist.

Instead of its regular week-long festival, SAFILM will extend its event until the end of 2020 with five mini festivals taking place each month starting in early August.

The first of the mini fests happens August 4-9 through Eventive, a platform that caters to virtual film festivals and screenings.

More films selected by SAFILM will then screen on the platform September 16-20, October 14-18, November 11-15 and December 9-13.

“To ensure the safety of our audiences and our filmmakers, the San Antonio Film Festival will be 100 percent online for the first time ever,” said Adam Rocha, SAFILM founder and executive director. “The world has changed their entertainment viewing habits, so we are conforming to these new habits.”

click to enlarge Lisa Ferris as Carol Burnett in Pipe Dream - COURTESY OF WATERMARK FILMS
  • Courtesy of Watermark Films
  • Lisa Ferris as Carol Burnett in Pipe Dream
This year, SAFILM selected 112 short films, 30 feature films and 14 high school films from around the world, including Japan, Spain, Israel, France and Bulgaria.

In August, actor, director and San Antonio native Kevin Alejandro (TV’s Lucifer) and his co-director wife Leslie will screen their short comedy Adult Night about a married couple whose relationship is tested when they try to spice up their love life by swinging. Leslie Alejandro will also screen her short documentary project She’s Having My Baby on surrogacy during the August mini fest.

“[We’re] so extremely honored to screen our films at this year’s festival,” Kevin Alejandro said. “The fact that they are two completely genre of film shows how diverse SAFILM really is. We look forward to hearing the response for both.”

Other films screening over the next five months include the short drama Pipe Dream, directed by Chris King, about iconic comedian and San Antonio native Carol Burnett; short drama Waiting Game, directed by Jon Bloch and starring San Antonio native Bruce McGill (Lincoln); and the feature drama Seneca starring actors Armando Riesco (Garden State), Tony Plana (¡Three Amigos!) and Francesca Curran (TV’s Orange is the New Black).

click to enlarge San Antonio native Bruce McGill in Waiting Game - COURTESY OF KINOGO PICTURES
  • Courtesy of Kinogo Pictures
  • San Antonio native Bruce McGill in Waiting Game
A handful of local filmmakers and San Antonio natives will also screen their projects, including short films by Justin Rodriguez (Glossolalia), Grace Goen (Unseen), Alex Ramirez (The Quiet Shore) and Paulina Rodriguez-Manseau (Mors Bornum); and features from Will Shipley (The Good Wolf) and Alejandro DeHoyos (Passport Preachers), among others.

In the documentary Passport Preachers, DeHoyos follows a group of Christian evangelists who travel around the world to bring the word of God to people in places like the jungles of India and slums of Kenya. This is the fourth time in 16 years DeHoyos has screened a movie at SAFILM.

“It’s an awesome feeling of acceptance as a filmmaker to have an opportunity to screen in my hometown,” DeHoyos said. “The recognition and encouragement I receive from my peers has always replenished my confidence to continue making films and improve my storytelling craft.”

For a rundown of all the films and the entire schedule and to purchase tickets, visit

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