Some of the 915's most talented filmmakers are coming together for the upcoming El Paso Film Festival beginning this Thursday at the Philanthropy Theatre.


Celebrate and support the 915's most talented filmmakers during the 4-day El Paso Film Festival beginning this Thursday at the Philanthropy Theatre.

Discover over 50 of the best-curated shorts, features, and documentaries at this year's El Paso Film Festival, where local, regional, and international films are screened and showcased over 4-days.


In 2019 the El Paso Film Festival brought in famed filmmaker Robert Rodriguez - and then in 2020 had to go virtual because of the pandemic – but now the local film fest returns for 4-days to the Philanthropy Theatre inside the Plaza Theatre in downtown El Paso.

This year 45-shorts and 8-film features will round out the schedule, including two standout films with El Paso connections, First Date and Dirty Feathers.

First Date is a film directed by Darren Knapp & Manuel Crosby, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, but its post-production was all handled in El Paso. Dirty Feathers is another feature film/documentary that has received much acclaim directed by Carlos A. Corral, which follows a homeless couple from the El Paso community.  Dirty Feathers was also just featured at the Berlin International Film Festival earlier this year in February.

Mix and mingle with film lovers and connect with filmmakers from the region representing the best in cinematic storytelling.


  • $10 - Single ticket for each film feature (Tickets available at the Plaza Theatre Box Office)
  • $50 pass film pass – Gives access to all feature films and shorts
  • $125: This ticket includes all feature films and shorts and provides access to the Hotel Paso del Norte's El Mirador party.
  • To purchase tickets – click HERE.

Celebrate the opening night of the El Paso Film Festival and the El Paso creative community.

Creativ El Paso invites anyone in film, music, graphic design, or photography to meet and network with the most creative minds in the city.

The Manor at Ten Eleven will host the creative bash offering a cash bar, free food on Thursday, October 14th, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Can't make it to the festival? No problem.

Experience past film selections from the El Paso Film Festival, streaming now on Apple TV, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV.

  • 4th Annual El Paso Film Festival
  • Philanthropy Theatre (Inside the Plaza Theatre)
  • September 14 – 17, 2021

Visit for the complete film screening schedule.

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