Save the Date: 2022 Houston Cinema Arts Festival

The 14th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival will take place November 10-17, 2022, with both in-person and virtual programming. We are proud to announce the return of both CineSpace, our annual short film competition with NASA, and the return of our new Borders | No Borders regional short film competition. Check back for more information regarding HCAF 2022!


Passes to the 2022 Houston Cinema Arts Festival will be on sale soon! The hybrid festival will take place November 10-17, 2022, with both in-person and virtual programming. The lineup will be announced in October, so stay tuned for more information.

Houston Cinema Arts Festival was named one of the 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the world by MovieMaker magazine, making the list alongside Blackstar Film Festival, CPH:DOX, Oak Cliff Film Festival, Morelia Film Festival, New Orleans Film Festival, and more. The list was selected by panelists across film practices, including Filmmaker Natalia Almada, Executive Producer of the Sundance Film Festival Gina Duncan, Cinematographer Shabier Kirchner, Writer/Director Anja Marquardt, Filmmaker Jane Schoenbrun, Documentarian Jiayan “Jenny” Shi, and Director Tyler Taormina.  
We’re incredibly excited and honored to be recognized, alongside such great company. It’s a privilege to represent Houston on a considerably global list like this. There’s now more reason than ever to mark your calendars for the 14th annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival, happening virtually and in-person, this November!



Houston Cinema Arts Festival 2021

November 11 – 22, 2021

The 13th Annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival took place from November 11th through 22nd virtually and in person across Houston. The Festival featured over 40 films, Q&A’s, performances, and workshops.



CineSpace, the Houston-based short film competition, is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their work inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery. All finalists are screened at the annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival in November, where the winners will be announced.



2021 Sundance Film Festival

Curated Selections from the 2021 Sundance Film Festival

Thank you to everyone who came out or our #Sundance Satellite screenings, virtually and in-person! Screenings were presented by Houston Cinema Arts Society and the Sundance Institute with Acura, SundanceTV, Chase Sapphire, and Adobe

With the support of HAA, NEA, TX Commission for the Arts, Brown Foundation, Kinder Foundation, MoonStruck, DeLuxe Theater, Black Public Media, and Independent Media Arts Foundation.


Get Involved


We are happy to offer annual memberships that include discounts to festival passes, exclusive access at special events, and more!

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Houston Cinema Arts Society is always eager to form new partnerships and work with organizations that share interest in the arts community. We offer a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities for both for-profit and non-profits.

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Want to join the HCAS team? We are always looking for volunteers both for our annual festival as well as our year-round programming.

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