2023 Theme: “Changing the Narrative, Recognizing Who We Really Are.”
In 2023, the Mexican-American Cultural Education Foundation (MACEF), a 501 (c)3, will celebrate the second annual Mexican-American Film and Television Festival & Awards at the historic Raleigh Studios in Hollywood.
The Mexican-American Film and Television Festival & Awards mission is to provide Mexican-American/Chicano filmmakers, who represent 40 million Americans of Mexican decent, a venue to showcase, promote and celebrate their beautiful art. A place for the Mexican-American/Chicano filmmaking community to network, honor each other, show support, and promote each other. A place for Hollywood to see our best filmmakers, as well as talented newcomers, and learn how we Mexican-Americans want our unique culture and people to be represented, as an important part of the American fabric rather than the old stereotypical images.
Have Your Film Featured at the 2023 Mexican-American Film and Television Festival & Awards.
The MACEF Film Festival submission application is for those individuals who want to showcase their work to other film lovers, filmmakers, and important Hollywood Players. The MACEF Film Festival will feature two days of films made by Mexican-Americans, featuring Mexican-Americans and championed by Mexican-Americans. Along with opportunities to network with industry professionals and members of the audience, there will be opportunities to meet with people who have made a positive impact on the Mexican-American community. Recognizing the importance of storytelling, there will be a curated selection of historical works presented by highly celebrated Mexican-American/Chicano filmmakers and actors.
- Applicants can be of any background, but the production team must include at least one producer, writer or director and one lead actor who identifies as Mexican-American or Chicanx of any generation or mixed ethnicity.
- Films must be the original work of the applicants.
- Qualifying films will be assessed by the quality of the story, and culturally positive, non-stereotypical stories will have priority.
- Films must be submitted by January 15th, 2023. A digital link to the film or TV pilot is required.
- Applicants are responsible for obtaining all necessary rights to third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to trademarks, copyrights and music. MACEF is not liable for any violations of permissions.
Look Back at Our 2022 Film Festival
The Illustrious Awards
The Mexican-American Film and Television Festival & Awards will be a first-class, star-studded red-carpet event to celebrate and promote Mexican-American/Chicano films, television, celebrities and filmmakers, a place to be seen by some of the major players in the industry and influential leaders. The capstone of the festival will be the award ceremony, with twelve categories receiving the “Mexican-American Illustrious Awards,” in honor of our illustrious Mexican cultural heritage.
One notoriously stereotypical scene in a movie or TV show will also receive the “La Chancla Award,” which denounces tired old stereotypical depictions of Mexican-Americans.
BEST SHORT FILM
BEST TV SERIES
BEST MALE ACTOR
BEST FEMALE ACTRESS
BEST SCREENPLAY FOR FILM
BEST SCREENPLAY FOR TV
THE LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
THE PRESIDENTS AWARD (in recognition of social justice efforts)
It will certainly be an unforgettable night of celebration for Mexican Americans in Hollywood!
Huge Thank You To Our Film Festival Board 2023
Dr. Jose-Luis Ruiz — President MACEF
Author, Researcher, Activist, Cosmetic Dentist
Jerry Velasco — Chair of Judging
Actor, Producer, Councilman, Activist
Bel Hernandez — Programming Director
CEO, Founder and Publisher of Latin Heat Media, Actress, MACEF Advisory Board member
Panel of Judges
Mike Gomez — Judge
Actor, Producer, Activist, Councilman
Jesus Treviño — Judge
Director, Producer & Writer
Enrique Castillo — Judge
Actor/Director Enrique Castillo, (Ugly Little Monkeys, Blood in Blood Out)
Dennis Leoni — Judge
Actor, Producer, Writer
Joel Bailey — Judge
EMMY Award recipient, Producer, Writer, Director, Actor
Sylvia Morales — Judge
Film Director, Screenwriter, Author, Professor
Sid De La Cruz — Judge
Award Winning Film Composer
Bill Virchis — Judge
Producing, Artistic and Theatre Director
Carolyn Caldera De Fanti — Producer
Film and Television Producer