Unlike some festivals, this one announces its winners well before the first public screening - and the jury's choice for Best Feature Film, Washington Heights, will open the five-day fest. The movie, directed by Alfredo de Villa, is about a subject close to our hearts: an aspiring comic book artist trying to make it in New York City. Manny Perez, who stars in the film, will be on hand for a mixer at 7pm; the films (two short subjects precede Washington Heights) begin at 8pm. Admission is $8, $6 for seniors, students, and GCAC members; all-events passes are available for $30. The Current will have more coverage as the event gets underway next week - until then, see www.guadalupeculturalarts.org for more info. JOHN DEFORE


Guadalupe Theater
1301 Guadalupe St., 271-3151

San Antonio CineFestival. Opening night features Washington Heights, winner of the 2003 Premio Mesquite Award for Best Feature Film. 7pm reception, 8pm film Feb 19. $6-8 evening screenings, $30 pass.

Poetry jam, Thursday, February 20, 9:30pm

Premio Mesquite awards ceremony, Saturday February 22, 7pm

Danzón, a classic Mexican film, Sunday, February 23


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