By Ricardo Felix
The Plaza Classic Film Festival has opened submissions for the festival’s eighth annual Local Flavor series.
The Local Flavor film series, sponsored by the Texas Film Commission, is the region’s largest showcase of independently made films from both sides of the border.
“Local Flavor exposes the general audience to work that is been done here,” Program Director Doug Pullen said. “They are stories that are rooted in local culture, which is unique because it’s a bi-cultural community and not every American city can claim that.”
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The Plaza Classic Film Festival is now accepting submissions for the Local Flavor series.
This non-competitive series accepts any type of film including: features, shorts, documentaries, animations, music videos and experimental videos. There is no fee for submitting projects.
“It’s a great opportunity for students to have their work seen by a larger audience,” Lisa Elliott, mass communication professor of EPCC, said. “They [students] will earn the opportunity to have a professional credit on their resume and the reward of having their work exhibited in a first-rate festival.”
Last year, the series received more than 50 submissions.
From those submissions, 40 films, ranging from short narrative stories, animations to music videos were played.
That includes student-made films.
Some of the films were Los Chidos by local writer-director Omar Rodrigues Lopez, short film 9:30 am by Juarez’s Jellyfish Collective and El Fuego Detras by Leo Aguirre.
This year, the series is expecting 75 to 80 submissions.
Elliot said the Plaza Classic Film Festival brings more than just revenue to El Paso from visitors attending the series.
“It gives El Pasoans a chance to see classic films in a variety of venues, including the gorgeously renovated Plaza Theatre,” she said. “It's a magical experience.”
Films can be submitted by filling out the online form available at plazaclassic.com/localflavor.
The deadline to submit films is June 12.
For any questions regarding submissions, email firstname.lastname@example.org.