On the heels of a successful 2013 festival that featured an array of notable actors, directors, producers, live performances and Academy Award-nominated films, the Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) announces today that its 2014 Houston Cinema Arts Festival (HCAF 2014) will take place from Nov. 12-16.
HCAS has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to help support the HCAF, which is the only U.S. festival dedicated to films by and about the visual, performing and literary arts. HCAS was one of seven institutions in Houston and 22 in Texas to receive a 2014 grant from the NEA, an independent federal agency that funds and promotes artistic excellence, creativity and innovation for the benefit of individuals and communities.
“We are so pleased with the success of the latest Houston Cinema Arts Festival and the outpouring of positive feedback from across the city,” HCAS Executive Director Trish Rigdon said. “With the generous support of the NEA and other partners, as well as our passionate volunteers and supporters, we fully expect 2014 to deliver our best festival yet and truly establish it as an integral part of Houston’s cultural fabric.”
HCAF 2013 presented 68 films, exhibitions and live performances during its five-day run, hosted primarily at Downtown and Museum District venues including Sundance Cinemas Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH).
The 2013 festival launched in spectacular fashion at the MFAH with the red-carpet Houston premiere of Oscar-nominated documentary Cutie and the Boxer, followed by a Q&A with Houston-born director Zachary Heinzerling and film subjects Ushio and Noriko Shinohara.