Film Festival submissions now being accepted



EPCC will be having its 6th Annual Tejano Film Festival at Premiere Cinema at Bassett Place on Thursday May 12. Showtime will be kicking off at 7 p.m. 

Submissions will be accepted from April 1 through April 29 by 10 a.m. to Elvira Carrizal-Dukes or Sal Armas.

Carrizal-Dukes was very excited at the growth for this year’s festival because of the opportunity presented for students. 

“This is a creative and professional opportunity for our students to screen their films in front of a public audience at an actual movie theatre. This a strong credit to add to their resume,” said Carrizal-Dukes.

This event has been a growing staple of the Spring Arts Festival. 

This year will be the first year where all submissions will be screened at Premiere Cinema.

One of the privileges will be the ample room of seating for the audience and movie makers with hopes of being displayed on the silver screen.  

Carrizal-Dukes went on to elaborate what else is new in this event and why it is setting up to be a huge deal and possibly being EPCC’s biggest festival ever.

“What’s new this year is that because of a standing room only crowd last year, this year we’re in a larger space,” she said.


“We’re definitely growing. Our students are empowered by the art of film and filmmaking.” 

“A lot pre-production. Pre-production has been going on since January when I first wrote the script,” said Paul Jimenez, who is a participant at this year’s festival, and since then just been fine tuning it sorting out all the details working on storyboards but now everything is starting to fall into place just need some extra actors or help if anyone wants to participate they can send me an email at

I’m looking forward to being a part of it this year, and super excited about seeing my work on a big screen.”

For any additional EPCC student’s who are intrigued by the possibility of seeing their art and creation on the big screen these are the requirements; film must have been made within the past year, any time after May 2015.

Entries must be submitted by current EPCC students in the role of director, producer, or writer.

The film can be fiction or nonfiction without exceeding the requirement of 15 minutes. 

Applicants must submit a film festival application as well as a release form for all actors, crew, and music.

If you need a release form contact Carrizal-Dukes at; (915)831-2844 or


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