El Paso, TX

July 18 - July 28, 2024 • El Paso, TX

Special Guests

Austin Savage

El Paso’s Austin Savage coordinates the Plaza Classic Film Festival Screenwriting Competition. He is a freelance writer, director and actor with more than 20 years of experience in the performing arts. His screenplay, El Pavo Bravo, is a Nicholl Quarterfinalist and has made it to the second round at Sundance and won first prize in The Black List x Hornitos “Take Your Shot” Competition. It’s also a short film.

Austin was heavily involved in the theater department at UTEP as a student, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in theater in 2009. He founded The Border Theatre in 2010, a collaborative designed to develop original, cutting-edge works that explore the human experience through the artistry of theater. He serves as its artistic director, and written, directed or supervised more than 17 original works, including the improvisational Icarus Was a Rookie series that toured local venues. Austin recently completed his Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting at Emerson College.

Austin Savage will appear with the Plaza Classic Film Festival Screenwriting Competition Pitch Fest at 8 pm Wednesday, July 26 at the International Bar, 114A Mills Ave., and the PCFF Screenwriting Competition Table Read at 12:30 pm Sunday, July 30 in the Philanthropy Theatre.