Plaza Classic Film Festival
July 20, 2023 to July 30, 2023
El Paso, TX
About the Event:
The Plaza Classic Film Festival — which celebrated its 15th year July 28-August 7, 2022 — was started by the El Paso Community Foundation in 2008 as a special project to bring movies back to the historic Plaza Theatre. The Community Foundation purchased 35mm and then state-of-the-art 2K digital projection equipment (upgraded to 4K in 2018) for the atmospheric theater, which opened in 1930, closed in the early ’80s, and was restored for $38 million in 2006 in a joint partnership between the City of El Paso and the Community Foundation.
The Plaza Classic Film Festival also has become a major showcase for regional filmmakers through its Local Flavor series, sponsored by the Texas Film Commission. It screens features, shorts, documentaries and other projects, and its audience has tripled in recent years. The 2021 Local Flavor showcase handed out $2,250 in cash prizes to three local filmmakers, all women, in the fourth annual Local Flavor Awards, sponsored by TFCU. The 2022 festival featured the first Plaza Classic Film Festival Screenwriting Competition.Back to the event calendar