Now in its sixth year, the Neighborhood Film Project has provided an outlet – and thousands of dollars in cash prizes – for local filmmakers to create stories that feature San Antonian neighborhoods and the people that make them tick. Generally the film competition – organized by the SA Film Commission a division of the Department of Culture and Creative Development – is considered a success.

But have you ever seen a film that won the Neighborhood Film Project? For most people, the answer is no.

This year, SA Film organizers and the Rivard Report hope to change that.

Join our team on Wednesday, July 22 at the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center for the first edition of the Rivard Report’s film series we’re calling City Block Cinema that will, for the first time, showcase the winners of the Neighborhood Film Project in a formal setting. We will show the four winning films from this year as well as four films from previous competitions. The event will give local filmmakers a chance to elegantly present their voices in a venue steeped with history.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with a reception in the foyer before the film screenings. Libations will be provided by Dor?ol Distilling Company and Alamo Beer Co. Tickets are available for just $10 through Brown Paper Tickets.

Here is a 2013 winning submission, “West of Downtown: An Animated Short” by Robert B. Gonzales:

We will announce the 2015 winners one at a time on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) leading up to the event with short profiles of each filmmaker on our homepage. Submissions vary in length from 30 seconds to seven minutes and have been judged by a panel of industry professionals including artists, screenwriters, filmmakers and other media professionals.

The one and only Molly Cox, interim President and CEO of SA2020, will serve as the emcee for the night.

One of our primary goals as a publication is to ensure that voices from the community are heard from a larger platform. This goal is exemplified by City Block Cinema. San Antonio’s talented and emerging local artists deserve to have their work shown and their voices heard.

Registration for the annual competition is free and will open again in early 2016. Visit for more contest information.

Follow us on Twitter @rivardreport and Facebook for updates on the event.

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Darian Thomas

Darian Thomas was born and raised in San Antonio. He studied at Mannes The New School for Music, and is currently a Music Composition major with a minor in Philosophy at the University of the Incarnate...