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Local Flavor submissions open for PCFF 2017

March 1

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.

Plaza Classic Film Festival pass sale

December 14

The Plaza Classic Film Festival celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2017.

Get a jump start on next year’s festival with a Festival Pass, which includes admission to all ticketed events, an express lane for admission, invitations to private receptions and more.

Festival passes are on sale now through December 31, 2016 for $175. Call 915-533-4020 or go to plazaclassic.com/tickets.

Holiday movies return to the Plaza!!

December 1

For the first time in four years, the El Paso Community Foundation’s Plaza Classic Film Festival is bringing back the Holiday Movies at the Plaza Theatre, sponsored by One Source Federal Credit Union.

Part of El Paso Live’s new WinterFest, we’ll spread some family-friendly holiday cheer by showing old and not-so-old Christmas favorites including It’s a Wonderful Life, White Christmas, Home Alone and The Santa Clause — three movies on Friday, December 16, and three more on Sunday, December 18.

Tickets are ONLY $2! They go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, December 2 at the Plaza Theatre box office, Ticketmaster outlets, ticketmaster.com and 800-745-3000.

And in true Plaza Classic style, organists Ken Fedorick, Richard Garven and Laurie Koval will play half-hour sets before each movie on the Plaza Theatre’s original, restored Wyler Mighty Wurlitzer Organ.

Friday, December 16

1 p.m. — A Christmas Story (1983)

3:30 p.m. — Home Alone (1990)

7 p.m. — It’s a Wonderful Life (1946, 70th anniversary)

Sunday, December 18

1 p.m. — The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)

3:30 p.m. — White Christmas (1954)

6 p.m. — The Santa Clause (1994)

The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival returns for its 10th anniversary August 3-13, 2017 in and around the Plaza Theatre Performing Arts Centre.

PCFF hosts fundraiser for Ilana Lapid's 'Yochi'

August 11

New Mexico State University assistant professor and USC film school grad Ilana Lapid returns to the El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival with her latest project, Yochi, shot in Belize using non-actors.

The Plaza Classic Film Festival is helping Ilana raise money for post-production costs with a special showing of the 26-minute drama at 4 p.m. Saturday, August 13 in the Foundation Room, 333 N. Oregon. An audience Q&A will follow.

Admission is $10 at the door. Donations will be accepted during the event.

Yochi is an olive-eyed, 9-year-old, selectively mute Mayan boy who guards a nest of endangered yellow-headed parrots in the pine savannah of western Belize. When he discovers his older brother is poaching to pay debts, his loyalties are put to the test. Yochi emerges from Ilana’s continued interest in telling stories that explore human relationships and put a personal face to global conflicts.

Ilana Lapid, a faculty member of NMSU’s Creative Media Institute, is a filmmaker and educator with a strong interest in the transformative power of visual storytelling and comparative border cinema. Born in New York City, she grew up in Jerusalem, Ottawa and Las Cruces, N.M. She holds a BA from Yale, an MFA from the University of Southern California in Film Production, received a Fulbright to work with visual stories of Roma (Gypsy) children, and was Artist in Residence at Slifka Center at Yale.

She has directed multiple shorts that won awards at international festivals, including Red Mesa, which won Best Short at the LA Latino International Film Festival and was shown at the 2009 Plaza Classic Film Festival. A feature she co-wrote with Joshua Wheeler, Lordsburg, was a finalist at the Sundance Screenwriter Lab. Her 2015 short La Catrina was selected for the 2016 Women in Film and Television International Showcase, and is included in PCFF 2016’s Local Flavor series.