A city the size of El Paso should have its own independent film festival.
And starting Sept. 14, 2018, it will.
The El Paso Film Festival, in a partnership with the El Paso Museum of Art, will take place Sept. 14-16 in Downtown El Paso and will feature 43 independent short films and five feature films.
The films by local, regional and national filmmakers will be shown at the El Paso Energy Theater in the museum and the Philanthropy Theater at the Plaza Theatre.
“I think it's time that a city of our size has a name film festival, just like Austin, Dallas and even Las Cruces,” said Carlos Corral, the festival's artistic director.
Corral said the competitive festival is an offshoot of the Local Flavor series that is part of the Plaza Classic Film Festival. With the help of the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, the festival and its sponsors will be able to award up to $5,000 in prizes to independent filmmakers.
"I used to do Local Flavor and the quality of the films and the submissions have really gone up. And I just thought we should spin off into an independent film festival for the city," said Corral, who has a bachelor's degree in radio-television-film from the University of Texas at Austin.