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'Snow White' coming to 10th annual PCFF


May 25

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is considered one of the greatest animated movies ever made — and it’s coming to the El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.

It’s the 80th anniversary of the animated classic, which was Walt Disney’s first feature-length animated film.

This marks the first time Snow White will be shown at the Plaza Classic Film Festival.

The 10th anniversary edition of the Plaza Classic will run from Aug. 3-13 in and around El Paso’s Plaza Theatre. We will be bringing back some of our “greatest hits” and showing a lot more movies we’ve never shown before.

In honor of our birthday, we are announcing 10 more titles we’ve lined up for this summer.

In addition to Snow White, we’ll show:

Romancing the Stone (1984)

The Unsinkable Molly Brown, with El Paso native Debbie Reynolds (1964)

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)

Cronos (1993)

The Secret of NIMH, directed by El Paso native Don Bluth (1982)

An American in Paris (1951)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)

Festival passes are on sale now by clicking here. Individual tickets go on sale in early July.


Plaza Classic Film Camp returns


May 12

The El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Camp, sponsored by One Source Federal Credit Union, will be bigger and better this summer.

The third annual camp will offer separate two-week camps — one for animation; the other for live-action filmmaking.

The concurrent camps will run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 31-August 4 and August 7-11 at the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, in downtown El Paso.

Enrollment is open to children between the ages of 9 and 16.

Experienced faculty will focus on the fundamentals of filmmaking. During the two-week intensive camp, students will learn to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films.

Their finished movies will be shown in a free, public program during the 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival August 3-13 in downtown El Paso.

Tuition is $300 through July 16, 2017; $325 from July 17-23, 2017. Tuition includes materials, lunch, snacks and t-shirts. Applicants are asked to submit short videos or essays about why they want to participate in the Plaza Classic Film Camp.

Thanks to One Source Federal Credit Union, scholarships will be available to children who qualify based on income.

Registration is available online at plazaclassic.com/summer_camp.


PCFF goes to 'Casablanca' for 10th anniversary


May 03

A long, beautiful relationship continues when the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival brings back the classic World War II-era romance Casablanca.

It was the first prime-time feature shown at the first PCFF, then known as The Movies Return to the Plaza Theatre, in 2008, and we brought it back in 2012.

This year’s film festival, our 10th annual, will be August 3-13 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We’re playing it again, Sam, by bringing back some of our “greatest hits” to mark the occasion.

The three-time Academy Award winner starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman is one of 10 movies we are announcing today.

The others are:

Singin’ in the Rain, shown during the first and 2010 editions of PCFF, will be part of a tribute to El Paso native (and PCFF 2010 headliner) Debbie Reynolds

Citizen Kane, the 1941 Orson Welles classic, shown at PCFF 2010 and 2013, is considered one of the best movies ever made

The Graduate, a new, 50th anniversary restoration of the Dustin Hoffmann classic, which we showed in 2009 and 2013

Jaws, which scared the wits out of the PCFF audience in 2010, returns in a 2012 restoration

Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring the late Gene Wilder as the impish candy man, tickled audiences at PCFF 2009 and 2012

The Treasure of Sierra Madre, the first movie ever shown at PCFF, will be the first one we show this year

Monty Python’s Life of Brian, makes its PCFF debut

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, the 1997 Mike Myers spy spoof also makes its PCFF debut (but tickets will not cost $1 million)

The Atomic Cafe, the 1982 documentary that found humor and tragedy in Cold War propaganda


Local Flavor submissions open for PCFF 2017


March 01

The El Paso Community Foundation’s 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for Local Flavor, the region’s largest showcase of locally made and connected films.

The non-competitive film series, which is generously sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, features short and feature-length films of various types, including fiction, documentary, animated, experimental and music video.

There is no entry fee. It’s FREE. The entry deadline is June 9, 2017.

Submissions may be made here.

Any type of film may be submitted. No works-in-progress will be accepted. Projects must have been completed after January 1, 2015 and must be made locally, be locallyl set or have a local connection (such as a director originally from El Paso).

Entries selected for the Local Flavor series will be announced in July.

The 10th annual Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

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


2017 passes on sale now


January 10

A Festival Pass is one of the best ways to enjoy the Plaza Classic Film Festival, and help underwrite it!

The 10th anniversary of the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival will be August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre. We will celebrate all of the things that have made this festival so special since it began in 2008.

A Festival Pass is the best way to enjoy many of the more than 90 movies we show each year is with a Festival Pass. For $200, you get admission to all ticketed movies, a jump-the-line express lane, invitations to private events, discounts at nearby businesses and more.

They are on sale now.

We also offer a limited number of Film Club passes, which are for high school students, ages 14 to 18, with a strong interest in film. They are $100.

You may purchase your passes at plazaclassic.com/tickets, or by calling 915-533-4020.