Houston Cinema Arts Festival

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Simon Rex in Red Rocket
Red Rocket will be the opening night film at the 2021 Houston Cinema Arts Festival. Photo courtesy of A24

The 2021 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will feature over 40 documentary and narrative films, short film blocks, Q&As, dance performances, DJ sets, and workshops. This year’s theme, The Third Coast, is a loving lens through which to celebrate and explore the Gulf Coast region and especially Houston where the term was coined, and its film, art, music, cultures, performance, food history, peoples, threats, and opportunities.

Notable films to be screened include opening night film Red RocketC'mon, C'monThe Humans, and a 50th anniversary screening of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song.

The festival will also feature the annual CineSpace short film competition with NASA, the new Borders | No Borders regional short film competition, and a new imagining of the festival’s guiding programming conceit: “local meets global.”

The festival will take place at multiple locations, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and Rice Cinema. There will also be virtual options for some films.

Event Details


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Rice Cinema
6100 Main St.
Houston, TX 77005

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Ticket Info

Free-$30 per screening; $50-$179 for festival pass