El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX


Local Flavor selections announced

July 12

Nine films — seven shorts and two features — were selected for Plaza Classic Film Festival Local Flavor showcase, sponsored by the El Paso Film and Creative Industries Commission and the Texas Film Commission.

The main program, the Local Flavor Showcase and Awards, features the seven shorts, submitted by filmmakers from El Paso, Ciudad Juarez, Las Cruces, NM and Los Angeles. It will be at 4 pm Sunday, July 30, the last day of the festival, in the Plaza Theatre. Tickets are $6 at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and Ticketmaster.

It will be followed immediately by a free reception for filmmakers in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon, across from San Jacinto Plaza.

All seven shorts will be screened, followed by the presentation of the Local Flavor Awards — $1,500 first prize, $1,000 second prize, $750 third prize, and $250 for the audience favorite, which will be determined by a text-to-vote during the program.

Two feature-length submissions, which also are in the running for awards, will be shown separately at the El Paso Museum of Art.

This year’s selections were chosen by a panel consisting of filmmaker and New Mexico State University film professor Ilana Lapid of Las Cruces, film producer Javier Gonzalez of El Paso and El Paso Community Foundation staff member Asia Saucedo, a veteran of the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

Click here to see what’s in this year’s Local Flavor!