Houston Cinema Arts Festival


“The Third Coast” November 11–22, 2021

The 13th annual Houston Cinema Arts Festival takes place virtually and in venues across Houston. The festival features more than 40 films, along with shorts programs, Q&As, DJ sets, and live performances.

The MFAH hosts screenings in Brown Auditorium Theater from November 11 to 15.

This year’s theme, “The Third Coast,” celebrates and explores the Gulf Coast region. HCAF 2021 also sees the return of two short-film competitions: CineSpace, the annual event in conjunction with NASA; and the second edition of “Borders | No Borders.”

Schedule & Tickets


The MFAH film department is supported by Tenaris; the Vaughn Foundation; Nina and Michael Zilkha; The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Consulate General of Italy in Houston; Franci Neely; Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Consulate General of Brazil in Houston; Lois Chiles Foundation; ILEX Foundation; and L’Alliance Française de Houston.