The board of directors for Cine Las Americas, home of the Latino and Indigenous People-focused Cine Las Americas Film Festival, has canceled the 23rd annual film festival, scheduled for May 6-10, because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

"I am confident I speak for our board, staff, volunteers, sponsors, venues, vendors and many more who work with us year-round in preparation for what would have been the 23rd edition of this wonderful film festival, that it is truly heart-breaking to make a decision like this," executive director Jean Anne Lauer said in a statement. "However, we know that this is the right course of action. We appreciate the love and support we receive from our CLA family, our Austin community, and – of course – our filmmakers. We appreciate everyone’s patience as well as we sort out a path forward that will allow us to share some exceptional films with our audiences and celebrate the filmmakers whose talent and voices we seek to champion."

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Cine Las Americas will announce its plans moving forward for 2020 at a later date. The organization is considering an online showcase of films that would have been screened at this year’s film festival, as well as a year-round series of presentations once restrictions on public gatherings are lifted.

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