Calling all filmmakers for Plaza Classic Film Festival


Applications are being accepted for the 11th El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.

There is no fee to enter. The deadline is June 15.

Submissions may be made at

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed Jan. 1, 2017, or after, and must be made locally, locally set or have a connection of some kind to the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces area (such as a director originally from El Paso). Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July.

This year’s Local Flavor series will be curated by El Paso filmmaker Zach Passero, who has been involved with the Plaza Classic Film Festival since it began in 2008. He has worked as a director, producer, editor, animator and actor on films such as "Wicked Lake," "Motel," "Glimpse," "All Cheerleaders Die," "The Woman," "By the River" and "James and the Giant Peach."

The Plaza Classic Film Festival will celebrate its 11th anniversary Aug. 2-12, 2018, in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

Previous Local Flavor showcases have included works by At the Drive-In/The Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez, cinematographer Ellie Ann Fenton and NMSU Creative Media Institute faculty members Ilana Lapid and Ross Marks.

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