Nov 14 - 18 2019
2019 Houston Cinema Arts Festival

2019 Houston Cinema Arts Festival

Presented by Houston Cinema Arts Society at Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium

The Houston Cinema Arts Festival is a five-day, multi-venue festival that includes a multitude of narrative and documentary films, live multimedia performances, panel discussions, Meet the Makers workshops, and free outdoor and student field trip screenings. In its relatively short history, HCAS has brought notable guest artists, such as Tilda Swinton, Alex Gibney, Guillermo Arriaga, Isabella Rossellini, John Turturro, Shirley MacLaine, Rick Linklater, Ethan Hawke, Fisher Stevens, Robert Redford, Tracy Letts, James Ivory, Julie Taymor, Will Forte, and Thomas Haden Church among many others, to the festival.
Trey Edward Shults, one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars and a native Houstonian, will open HCAF19 at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston on Thursday, November 14 with a screening of his festival darling Waves. Shults will then conduct a post-screening discussion with Houston Cinema Arts Society board member, hip-hop icon, and Rice lecturer Bun B. The evening will be capped off with a lively afterparty — also at the museum — featuring DJ Flash Gordon Parks.

Other notable HCAF19 highlights include:

– The Texas premiere of a new restoration of Euzhan Palcy’s seminal 1983 award-winning masterwork Sugar Cane Alley at MFAH on Saturday, November 16 with the director in attendance.

– The cult 1972 documentary Black Rodeo rides into the Houston Cinema Arts Festival with Director Jeff Kanew, internet archivist and “Yeehaw Agenda” term coiner Bri Malandro, and African-American Rodeo riders on Sunday, November 17.

–  CineSpace returns for its fifth year with award-winning NASA-inspired short films selected out of hundreds of submissions from across the globe.

– The Texas premiere of The Science of Fictions (Rice Cinema), the Houston premiere of Portrait of a Lady on Fire (MFAH), and the Houston premiere of Always in Season with dir. Jacqueline Olive in person (The DeLuxe Theater) – HCAF19’s three Closing Night Films on Monday, November 18.

Admission Info

Passes on Sale Now!
Festival Passes are currently on sale! Get yours now for the stellar price of $129!

Single Tickets
Single tickets for the 2019 festival are available for purchase! We recommend purchasing in advance as seating is limited. Free events still require a reservation through our eventbrite, go to the film pages to reserve your tickets.
Same Day Sales
On the same day of events / screenings, the box office is located at the venues. Tickets will only be available at the venues, not online on the day of!

Tickets will be sold as rush tickets at each venue on a first-come, first-served basis. Note: Sales on the day of screening at the MFAH will be CASH ONLY.

Houston Cinema Arts Society is excited to have your as guest at our 11th Houston Cinema Arts Festival this November 14- 18, 2019.  Your Festival Pass will allow you entrance to all screenings during the Festival.  Here’s a few things you should know:

Pass Holders will be admitted for priority seating 30 minutes prior to published screening time. Priority seating ends 15 minutes prior to screening time.  All unoccupied seats will be released 10 minutes prior to screening time to the general public and vouchers at this time will be redeemed on a first-come, first-served basis.  HCAS cannot guarantee a seat for late arrivals. There will be no seating after the screening has begun. Final seating is at the discretion of House Management.

You’ll see a line for Pass Holders when you arrive.  In that line, you’ll show your pass to receive a physical ticket to the film, which you’ll hand to the usher at the door.

A pass will NOT get you into A Taste of Sky, Taste of Houston but it will give you a $10 discount! Please email to receive this discount code if you did not already receive it in an email.

Dates & Times

2019/11/14 - 2019/11/18

Location Info

Museum of Fine Arts Houston - Brown Auditorium

1001 Bissonnet Street, Houston, TX 77006