CineSol Film Festival Returns for 25th Year

SOUTH PADRE ISLAND — CineSol Film Festival is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week, returning to where it all started — South Padre Island.

This year’s film festival coincides with the Island’s inaugural FamFest, and the film festival will be offering its screenings and events at the South Padre Island Convention Centre. CineSol begins today and runs through Sunday.

“ We will be screening 40 independent films over three days,” CineSol organizers said in a press release. “There are 12 films with (Rio Grande Valley) ties or connections. Films include 10 documentaries, six features, and 24 shorts.”

The film festival has claim to international status, given that films featured this year include several foreign offerings, including one film from the United Kingdom, one from Indonesia, one from Ireland, one from Bulgaria, one from Mexico and six from Spain.

This year’s celebrity guest will be McAllen graduate Catherine Hardwicke, director of “Twilight.” Hardwicke will be leading a masterclass on Saturday. That evening, after a screening of “Twilight,” she will be answering questions about the movie from those in attendance. Also, she will be showing exclusive footage of an upcoming feature to be released in January.

Most events during CineSol are $5, except for “Tejano” and 36 Hour Film Race Results, which cost $10. The “Twilight” screening is $10 for the movie — $20 for dinner and a movie. A Weekend Pass is $50.