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La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts

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A unique festival that presents short plays and short films to celebrate and showcase the Latinx community, its artists, and its stories. Short films and short plays are seldom seen by the general public but even more rare is seeing Latinx artists in Houston's prominent theatre and film scene.  In its third year, the festival will evolve by including dance theatre performances and short dance films to create a Latinx multidisciplinary experience never seen before. 

The 5th annual La Vida Es Cortos / Life Is Shorts Festival takes place

September 29 - October 1, 2023

Film submissions are now open. 


The Plays


Three Triple Six Four oh Five Three by Franky D. Gonzalez

Franky D. Gonzalez is a playwright and TV writer of Colombian descent splitting time between Dallas and Los Angeles. He holds a BA in Theatre from the University of North Texas. Most recently Franky was named the 4 Seasons Resident Playwright, a Sony Pictures Television Diverse Writers Program Fellow, the Bishop Arts Theatre Center Playwright-in-Residence, and a Core Writer with the Playwrights Center.


by Sylvia Chavez

Sylvia Chavez is a multi-disciplined writer/actor/artist from Southern California. Sylvia enjoys writing across a variety of genres: plays, short stories, poetry and essays. Sylvia’s plays have been featured in the Frida Kahlo Theater 10-Minute Play Festivals and at the Chicanas, Cholas, Y Chisme Theater Festivals.


The Films

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Mystified by her first period, Ceci calmly concludes she's dying. Yet she doesn't want to bother Dad with it, so she prepares a bucket list (including her first real kiss) and her funeral, because death should be an art.

Directed by Maria Victoria Ponce

La Vida Es Cortos 2022

The Sponsors

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Films were selected with an open call for short films through Film Freeway. 


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La Vida Es Cortos 2021

The Plays


Following a nationwide search TEATRX chose 4 plays to be produced at LVEC 2021!
Congratulations to the 4 playwrights!

Adrienne Dawes - "The Future is F******"

Ángela Estela - "Breaking the Binary" 

Josie Nericcio - "Carlotta Learns to Whistle"

Rebecca Dominguez - "Don't Quit"

The Films


Aster has two goals: hike the Appalachian Trail and eat. These seem like possible goals until you realize Aster has never been camping before and has struggled for years with an eating disorder.