The El Paso Film Festival, a film festival on the far edge of Texas, is one of the largest showcases of independently made films in the southwest.

We curate the best Indie films shot by local, regional and national filmmakers. Come see what the best indie filmmakers are producing in what is becoming the fastest growing Independent film festival in Texas. The festival kicks off October 15-17, 2021.

The El Paso Film Festival was created by filmmaker Carlos Corral in 2018 with the support of the El Paso Filmmakers organization. With the philanthropic help of the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, the El Paso Film Festival screens original film showcases for aspiring filmmakers and for all who look to enjoy independent work that they won't see in a mainstream theater.

As the signature independent film festival of El Paso, the El Paso Film Festival brings quality short and feature films to its attendees and participants. Working to expand the introduction of new independent films, the festival inspires individuals and groups to embark on their creative journey to write and tell their story for the film and television industry.

From narrative to documentary films, philanthropic support is given to everyone involved in the art of filmmaking. The Paso Del Norte Community Foundation and El Paso Film Festival have thus teamed up to support independent cinema in the southwest border region. We look forward to seeing you at this year's spectacular event.

We love film. So, we support them with resources that go beyond viewing space and applause. With the philanthropic help of the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation, the El Paso Film Festival and its sponsors will be awarding up to $5,000 in cash prizes to independent filmmakers. We’re proud to be one of only 30 independent film festivals in the country to award the best films with cash prizes.

Category Awards - $1500
Best Feature Film (Narrative) - $500
Best Short Film (Narrative) - $250
Best Feature Film (Documentary) - $500
Best Short Film (Documentary) - $250

Grand Jury Award - $1000
The Grand Jury Prize is awarded by the EPFF Jury and recognizes the feature film with the most captivating story, values, and community impact. This award highlights the filmmaker and their work as the most commendable of all the films submitted to the festival.

Producer's Award - $500
The Producer's Award is given by Carlos Corral, Artistic Director of EPFF and Producer at MindWarp Films, LLC. The Producer is tasked with making sure the film production has all of the necessary resources, cast, and crew in order to achieve the Director's vision.

Director's Award - $500
Charles Horak, one the of EPFF Jury Members, honors the filmmaker who has exemplified exceptional talent, storytelling, and perseverance in bringing their film to light. Being a filmmaker requires having a vision that challenges the imagination of the audience and also requires a lot of endurance when telling an engaging story.

El Paso Filmmaker Award - $500
The El Paso Filmmakers Organization will present this award to an El Paso filmmaker who has illustrated remarkable capability, expertise, and hard work in telling a creative story.

Femme Frontera Award - $500
Angie Reza Tures, executive director of the Femme Frontera showcase, will present this award to a woman filmmaker that demonstrates outstanding talent and hard work in telling a unique story that connects on a personal level with the audience.

Audience Award - $500
The El Paso Film Festival recognizes the power of the audience. The audience casts their vote for their favorite film at the film festival. All votes are anonymous and only the attending audience members are eligible to vote for the best film of their choice.

The following rules govern all film submissions made to the El Paso Film Festival.

Only films that are submitted will be considered for competition.

ELIGIBILITY

Submissions must be accompanied by the applicable submission fee PER ENTRY and a completed online entry form. All films must be in English or have English subtitles at the time submitted.

Films must be submitted as an online streaming video via a participating submission platform (FilmFreeway), a password-protected streaming URL. DVDs & Blu-Rays will NOT be accepted as a form of submission.

If the submission link is found to be inactive or the password to be incorrect, the submission may be deemed ineligible. Please double check your links.

EPFF screens films as digital files for short/feature films and Blu-Ray Discs for feature films only, during the Festival. If you are unable or unwilling to provide us your short film as a digital file or your feature film as a digital file or Blu-Ray disc for exhibition, please DO NOT SUBMIT your film.

Films must have been completed after January 1, 2018 to be eligible for submission.

Films must be available for screening during the El Paso Film Festival, October of 2021.

Films that have been submitted to EPFF in previous years are eligible to be resubmitted, provided they are eligible according to all of EPFF’s current rules.

If your short film has already had its World Premiere, North American, US Premiere, Texas Premiere, Hometown Screening, Cast & Crew Screening, or Online Premiere, don’t worry, you are still eligible to submit and compete in our film festival.

Feature Film submissions must be at minimum an El Paso Premiere. We do make acceptations for Cast & Crew Screenings and Sneak Peeks.

If your feature film has already had its El Paso Premiere at another film festival, then your feature film may not be eligible to screen in competition.

We award the hard work filmmakers have put into their projects, regardless of where it has already screened. Submit with confidence.

EPFF reserves the right in its sole discretion to reject or disqualify any ineligible entries, without a refund.

ORIGINALITY & PERMISSIONS

Films must be the original work of the applicants.

By entering the competition, you represent that you have secured all necessary rights.

Films that are selected may be used in promotional materials for the El Paso Film Festival and may be selected to be part of the online screening library and streaming television channels for special guests, industry professionals, and audience members.

Applicants are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary rights and permissions for third-party materials included in their films, including but not limited to music, trademarks, logos, copyrights, and other intellectual property rights. EPFF expressly disclaims all liability or responsibility for any violations of the foregoing.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

DO NOT SUBMIT WORKS IN PROGRESS! We strongly advise filmmakers to submit their film only after it is fully finished. The film will judged as a completed work only.

STORY AND SOUND! That’s what we look for in our entries. Make sure your story can be heard. If your short or feature film is submitted with a bad sound mix, it will automatically be disqualified and the filmmaker will not receive a refund for their submission.

Once an entry payment has been received we cannot provide a refund. If a payment is disputed by an entrant for any reason, the entrant may be subject to any transaction fees or similar amounts incurred by EPFF in connection with the dispute.

Online Debit/Credit Payment is the only method we accept for submission fees at this time. Mailed checks will be shredded and destroyed upon receipt.

Please include in your cover letter if your film was SHOT IN EL PASO (include locations) or if you are an EL PASO FILMMAKER. El Paso Filmmakers are eligible for the El Paso Filmmaker Award.

SELECTED FILMS AND WINNERS

EPFF has no obligation to disclose the identities of screeners or judges. Notes, feedback, or information relating to the submitted project will not be provided, nor will the details regarding the submission review or selection process.

EPFF explicitly disclaims any liability or responsibility for any comments, notes, or opinions expressed about a submission, whether by EPFF or by its volunteers.

Winners will be announced during the film festival. The jury’s decision is final.

Winners receiving cash prizes are solely responsible for payment of all applicable local, state, and federal taxes.

RETURNS & ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: 

Press materials will not be returned under any circumstances.

COMPETITION IS VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. COMPETITION CERTIFICATION

I have read all of the rules, understand, and have complied with these rules and warrant the submission of my/our original work and that there are no disputes regarding the ownership of the project submission.

I also warrant the submitted material does not defame or invade the rights of any person living or dead. To the best of my/our knowledge, all the statements herein are true and correct.

I understand that failure to adhere to the competition rules and regulations will result in disqualification and forfeiture of entry fee. I acknowledge that once an entry payment has been processed, EPFF will not provide a refund.

No revisions of materials will be accepted once entry has been submitted.

BY SUBMITTING THE MATERIAL, I/WE HEREBY AGREES TO INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND DEFEND THE FESTIVAL, ITS EMPLOYEES, DIRECTORS, REPRESENTATIVES, AND AFFILIATES FROM ALL LIABILITY, CLAIMS, AND DAMAGES IN CONNECTION WITH THE SUBMISSION AND FROM ANY FEES AND EXPENSES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO REASONABLE ATTORNEYS’ FEES, THAT ANY OF THEM MAY INCUR IN CONNECTION THEREWITH.

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  • Loved it! A great place for filmmakers to connect and share their work on a bi-national stage!

    February 2021
  • Andrew Shebay

    We were very honored to be accepted and receive the Producer's Award at El Paso Film Festival this year. We wish we could have been there in person but due to Covid the festival had to make the decision to go virtual. However, it was an amazing experience and our film was able to reach more viewers. The Q&A sessions hosted by Carlos Corral were great and we're very thankful that this festival stepped up to the plate and was able to proceed with such an amazing festival with everything else going on. Thank you to El Paso Film Fest and all the Staff for such a great fest this year! Look forward to seeing everyone in person next year.

    December 2020
  • Erin McGoff

    EPFF is a wonderful festival run by equally wonderful people! Although COVID impacted this year's event, they still were incredibly organized and programmed some excellent films. This is definitely a festival on the rise. I'm already excited for next year (where we can hopefully be in person!)

    December 2020
  • Kevin Ford

    El Paso Film Festival is an incredible festival, and I was honored that our film The Pushback was able to be a part of it this year. 2020 was so challenging for filmmakers, and I was inspired from afar watching how EPFF remained dedicated to helping filmmakers get their works seen, and created an entire virtual festival to keep many of our dreams alive! The diversity of the programming is worth noting, and I believe it inspires a very wide audience to participate. I'll be keeping my eye on EPFF and hope to bring many more films there in years to come!

    December 2020
  • Michael Vukadinovich

    This is a super cool, well-organized festival with great films, friendly and communicative people, and cash prizes! I loved the indy spirit of it and so happy to have been apart of it. Thanks Carlos!

    December 2020