Cine-Lit 2019

What’s Cine-Lit? 

Cine-Lit is the continuing, cooperative organization created by Portland State University (Department of World Languages and Literatures), the University of Oregon, and Oregon State University that, in conjunction with the Portland International Film Festival, organizes an international symposium on Hispanic film and fiction every 3-4 years. 

Cine-Lit 9
March 9-11, 2019, Portland, Oregon

Conference Locations: 
March 9, 10: Portland State University
March 11: University of Oregon – White Stag Block, Portland

 Photo of Cine-Lit poster

Click here to access the Cine-Lit 9 program


The 2019 Cine-Lit edition (Cine-Lit 9) is focusing on women and gender. Cine-Lit 9 themes include (but are not limited to): women filmmakers & sexism in the film industry, LGBTQIA themes and representations, migrations, cinematographic adaptations, cinema and ideology, historical memory film, marginalized voices in Hispanic cinema, new films and directors, Hispanic cinema in the US, indigenous cinema, and cognitive approaches to film.

We are thrilled that Cine-Lit 9 will Feature Filmmakers Lucrecia Martel (Argentina), Almudena Carracedo (Spain), and Natalia Cabral (Dominican Republic)

Cine-Lit 2019 Keynote Speakers:
Ana López (Tulane)
Barbara Zecchi (U Mass Amherst)
Deborah Shaw (University of Portsmouth, UK)
Deborah Martin (University College London, UK)

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Cine-Lit Objectives

Since its conception in 1990, the global objective of Cine-Lit has been twofold. Its primary goal is to provide academic fora dedicated to the critical analysis of the relationship between Hispanic culture, cinematography, and fiction. Cine-Lit’s other endeavor is to promote the enrichment of the Oregon community’s comprehension of the Hispanic world’s diverse cultures via the viewing of the most recent Hispanic films at the Portland International Film Festival and via direct contact with Hispanic cineastes and writers at the symposia, screenings, and local college campuses.


During the Cine-Lit three-day meeting, professors and students from around the world share their research on the relationship between cinema and literature in the Hispanic world.  They also participate in workshops, attend roundtable discussions with the invited cineastes, and listen to the keynote speakers. These meetings are free and open to the public. 

Each afternoon and evening speakers and audiences have the opportunity to watch the latest Hispanic films that are being screened at the Portland International Film Festival in connection to the themes discussed at the conference.  

One of the highlights of Cine-Lit is the presence of the invited Hispanic cineastes whose films are being screened by the Festival.  This allows the Cine-Lit participants to interact with the artists and also creates a special atmosphere for the Festival’s film-goers, who have the chance to ask questions to the directors after the screening of their films.  

For PSU students, Cine-Lit is a great opportunity to present their research at a prestigious international symposium and to interact with Hispanic filmmakers and film scholars from around the world.

Cine-Lit is connected to the WLL Spanish graduate seminar SPAN 554 “Film and Cognition,” taught by Dr. Jaén Portillo.

Cine-Lit also provides opportunities for faculty and students from diverse PSU departments to collaborate.


Since its creation, Cine-Lit has managed to invite a number of both established and emerging Hispanic cineastes. Their presence at the symposia and participation in the roundtable discussions and the Q&A sessions after the screenings of their films at the Portland International Film Festival create an especially informative event, which helps make Hispanic film known in the Northwest of the United States.

The Cine-Lit project began in 1990 and Cine-Lit had 38 participants in its first edition. The latest Cine-Lit in 2015 had 240 participants. The list of directors and screenwriters from Latin America and Spain who have participated in Cine-Lit also continues to grow impressively. Amongst the guests at Cine-Lit II were Galician director Chano Piñeiro, Basque director Arantxa Lazcano, and veteran cineastes Pedro Olea and Pilar Miró (the conference offered a retrospective of the latter’s films). Directors present at Cine-Lit III included Mexico’s Ernesto and Eva Rimoch and Argentina’s Juan Carlos Desanzo and Eliseo Subiela, as well as Colombian director Sergio Cabrera (again a retrospective of his works was offered). During Cine-Lit IV Andalusian director Pilar Távora screened her version of García Lorca’s Yerma and Helena Taberna presented Extranjeras. Cine-Lit VI included veteran Mexican director Felipe Cazals, debutant Mexican directors Ricardo Benet, Andrés León, Jaime Aparicio, and Argentine director Enrique Gabriel. Cine-Lit VII brought six filmmakers from Latin America and Spain, as well as very important specialists on Hispanic cinema (Prof. Roman Gubern from U of Barcelona, and Prof. Charles Ramirez Berg from U of Texas at Austin). Furthermore, 220 speakers from Europe, Latin America, and Canada participated in Cine-Lit in this edition. Additionally, the Portland International Film Festival screened 18 films from the Hispanic World as part of Cine-lit VII. Cine-Lit VIII, included the participation of 240 speakers and featured Hispanic film directors Celina Murga (Argentina), Mariana Chenillo (Mexico), Juan Carlos Valdivia (Bolivia), Javier Corcuera (Peru), as well as the winner of that year’s Goya for Best New Director, Carlos Marqués-Marcet (Spain).  

Pictures from Cine-lit’s latest editions

Photo of Cine-lit 2011 directors

Cine-Lit 7 (2011). Cine-lit organizers Dr. Gina Herrmann, Dr. Isabel Jaén Portillo, Dr. Guy Wood, Dr. Fernando Fabio Sánchez, Dr. Jaume Martí-Olivella, and Portland International Film Festival Director Bill Foster pose with film directors Ricardo Benet, Oriol Porta, Felipe Cazals, Marcelino Islas, and Amat Escalante, and screenwriter Roberto Brodsky. 

 Photo of Cine-lit 2015 directors

Cine-Lit 8 (2015). Keynote speakers, organizers, and Cine-Lit supporters pose with filmmakers Celina Murga, Carlos Marqués-Marcet, Mariana Chenillo, Juan Carlos Valdivia, and Javier Corcuera, after the directors’ roundtable.

Click here to access the Cine-Lit 8 program