El Paso, TX

July 28 - August 7, 2022 • El Paso, TX

Local Flavor

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is accepting submissions for its popular Local Flavor showcase of locally made and connected films.

A total of $2,500 in cash prizes will be awarded to the top three films and the winner of the audience vote.

Local Flavor is open to short and feature-length films of various types. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed January 1, 2021 or after, and must be made locally, set locally or have a connection of some kind to the El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces area, which should be noted in the entry.

Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July and screened during the festival.

The showcase will culminate with the fifth annual Local Flavor Awards, which will hand out $2,500 to filmmakers — $1,000 for First Prize, $750 for Second Prize, $500 for Third Prize and the $250 Audience Favorite.

The awards will be announced during the Local Flavor showcase on August 4 in the Plaza Theatre, its first appearance in the historic theater.

There is no cost to submit a film. It’s FREE. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2022.

Use the form below to submit.

The Local Flavor series will be curated for the fifth year by El Paso filmmakers Zach Passero (First Date, Weird Kidz, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, Wicked Lake, Motel, Glimpse) and Lucky McKee (Old Man, Kindred Spirits, The Man Who Killed Hitler and Then the Bigfoot, May, The Woman), and festival director Doug Pullen of the El Paso Community Foundation.

Call 915-533-4020 or email local@plazaclassic.com for more information.

Local Flavor is a popular component of the Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns for its 15th year July 28-August 7, 2022. Among this year’s confirmed titles are Singin’ in the Rain, Rebel Without a Cause, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Halloween and our 14th annual free outdoor showing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Local Flavor Submission Form

THIS IS A SELECTION BASED EVENT. EACH ENTRY MUST BE CLEARLY MARKED WITH THE TITLE OF THE FILM AND BE ACCOMPANIED BY AN ENTRY FORM. ONLY ONE FORM PER ENTRY. ENTRY DOES NOT GUARANTEE SCREENING. THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL CHOOSES FILMS BASED ON QUALITY, CREATIVITY, AND ORIGINALITY. FESTIVAL SCREENERS WILL MAKE FINAL SELECTIONS ON PROGRAMMING FOR THE FESTIVAL. YOUR SIGNATURE INDICATES THAT ALL INFORMATION ON THIS APPLICATION IS COMPLETE, THAT YOU ARE AUTHORIZED TO REPRESENT THE FILM AND THAT THE ENTRY CONTAINS NO COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL that APPLICANT DOES NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO USE. THE UNDERSIGNED GIVES PERMISSION TO THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL TO SCREEN THE SUBMISSION AND ALLOW USE OF THE FILM FOR PROMOTIONAL MEANS BY THE PLAZA CLASSIC FILM FESTIVAL. SUBMISSIONS WILL NOT BE RETURNED.