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PCFF now accepting Local Flavor submissions

February 26

Submissions for this year’s Local Flavor Showcase and Awards are now open.

A total of $3,650 in cash prizes will be awarded to filmmakers this year, including new awards for students films.

The deadline to submit your films is 11:59 pm Monday, June 17. It is FREE to submit. You can enter your film here.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival’s Local Flavor Showcase and Awards is accepting short and feature-length films (works-in-progress will not be accepted). Projects must have been completed on or after January 1, 2023 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 online entry form’s Synopsis window.

A panel of judges will review all of the submissions and select finalists for this year’s showcase and awards program, which will be in the Plaza Theatre during this year’s Plaza Classic.

This year’s awards include the $1,500 First Prize, $1,000 Second Prize, and $750 Third Prize. A $250 Audience Favorite Award will be determined by a live text-to-vote during the showcase.

New this year: a $100 First Prize for a film by a college student; and a $50 First Prize for a film by a high school student.

Local Flavor is sponsored by the El Paso Film & Creative Industries Commission, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and the El Paso Community Foundation.

This year’s Local Flavor Showcase and Awards will be curated by El Paso-based, Emmy Award-winning Producer Javier Gonzalez; award-winning Las Cruces filmmaker and NMSU Creative Media Institute associate professor Ilana Lapid ; and Asia Saucedo, a member of the El Paso Community Foundation staff and longtime Plaza Classic Film Festival contributor.

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