Valente Rodriguez


Valente was born in south Texas in 1964. His first acting Job was a feature film called Salsa the Motion Picture in January of 1988. Since then Valente has appeared in numerous Film/TV and Theatre productions – Film: Blood in… Blood out…, Mi Familia, Roosters, Erin Brockovich, Deep Blue Sea, Volcano, The Ugly Truth,  It’s Complicated, McFarland USA. TV: Golden Girls, Mad About You, X-files, ER –  he was a regular on the George Lopez show as Ernie (120 episodes). And a regular on the Fran Drescher show Happily Divorced.

He has performed on numerous stages in LA and through out The United States. He produced three films in the Rio Grande Valley, directing one of them, in 2010 and in 2015 graduated with a Masters in Theatre from UTRGV.



Kerry Valderrama


Kerry Valderrama is a former airborne infantryman with the 82nd Airborne Division and served as a team leader in Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. He received a B.A. from Methodist University in Political Science and a minor in Spanish. While attending the University of Texas at San Antonio for his Masters degree in International Relations, Kerry withdrew halfway through the program to pursue a career in the entertainment industry.

Since working in the entertainment industry, Kerry has directed, produced and written two award-winning feature films, numerous commercials, music videos, created a comic book series (distributed through Diamond Comics), 



Sandra Avila


Sandra Avila currently works as a manager producer in Los Angeles focused on overseeing a roster of talented, diverse film & TV screenwriters and directors. A priority of which is creating content for the U.S. Latino Market.

Prior to joining Inclusion, she had her own production company, Avila Entertainment for six years. She also did a four-year stint at Maya Entertainment where she oversaw all TV and film projects for the company. These include the indie comedy, TACO SHOP (May 2018 release- Maya Cinemas/ Sony Home Entertainment) starring Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), the completion of the features, HARLEM HOSTEL starring Ramon Rodriguez (TRANSFORMERS: Revenge of the Fallen), VALE TODO and in 2009, Maya’s first TV production, ONE HOT SUMMER starring Vanessa Marcil and Jon Seda, in collaboration with the Lifetime Movie Network.



The PitcH



The South Texas International Film Festival believes that all filmmakers deserve an opportunity to prove themselves as artists and that many times they lack a platform to express their creative ideas. This is why the STXIFF is hosting once again “The Pitch”, an event dedicated to filmmakers who wish to pitch their feature film project to a jury of film industry experts.

Submissions are open from June 22, 2018 and must be submitted no later than July 29th, 2018 at 11:59 PM. The projects must be submitted via the online application with their respective PDF documents before the deadline and must comply with the following guidelines:

  1. The online application form must be submitted before the deadline on August 10th, 2018 no later than 11:00 PM along with the $15 entry fee. No project will be accepted after the determined deadline.

  2. The competition is only for feature film projects.

  3. The following documents must be submitted in PDF along with the form:

    1. Feature film screenplay (60-110 pages in standard industry format)

    2. Proof of copyright. The screenplay must be copyrighted by filing with Writer’s Guild of America (WGA)

  4. It is recommended but not required to include the following documents:

    1. Director’s statement (1-2 pages)

    2. Director’s CV or filmography, if any

    3. Top sheet budget for film

    4. Artistic/visual proposal (actors suggested, production design, photography, etc.) Note: include letters of intent for known talent, if any

  5. The selection of projects for competition will be announced before the start of the 4th edition of the South Texas International Film Festival.

  6. The total amount of finalists selected will be three. If selected, up to two members of the production team (e.g. director, writer or producer) must make their own arrangements to attend the event on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 in order to present the project to the Jury. 

  7. Each team will have no more than 10 minutes to present the pitch for their project.

  8. The Pitch will be live and open to audience members.

  9. The decision of the selected project will be announced during the event at the Award Ceremony on Saturday, September 8th, 2018. All decisions made by the Selection Committee and Jury will be final and unappealable.

  10. Any other situations not clarified in this document will be evaluated by the STXIFF Board Members and the Jury from The Pitch.

All selected projects will automatically receive two Award Ceremony tickets for the STXIFF where the winner will be announced. The winner of the competition will be awarded a cash prize of $500 and feedback from industry leaders. If there are other questions that require clarification, please contact us at Best of success!

Once we receive all your materials, we will send you an online payment option.