The Plaza Classic Film Festival is back, showcasing Local Flavor and screening the award-winning script, El Pavo Bravo.


The 15th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival returns with over 90 classic films, special guests such as EGOT winner Rita Moreno, former El Pasoans F. Murray Abraham, and Encanto composer Germaine Franco.

The film festival will feature its Local Flavor Showcase on Thursday, August 4, giving local filmmakers a chance to screen their projects for a shot at cash prizes courtesy of the Texas Film Commission and Raiz Federal Credit Union.


First place will take home a $1,000 first prize, second place $750 prize, and $500 for third place. There will also be a $250 favorite audience award selected the night of the screenings via text-to-vote.

Admission: $5, available at the Plaza Theatre Box Office and

After the local film screenings, attendees can join local filmmakers at a free Local Flavor After-Party on the Sabor Patio at the Hotel Paso del Norte from 9-11 p.m.

Local Flavor Showcase:

  • Aqui es El Paso (Dubeth Ramferi Cortez), 20 minutes — Narrative about an immigrant stranded in Juarez.
  • Arkansas, etc. (Brandon Tyler), 14:45 minutes — Impressionistic short about a loner and a runaway.
  • Dada Noise 2 (Christopher Rakas), 3:12 minutes — A writer gives his heart away in this experimental short.
  • Melody (Lauren Roman), 5:11 minutes — Animated short about a father who sings his daughter into existence.
  • Ome Tlaloc (Jacqueline Barragan), 8:39 minutes — Documentary; tattoo artist embraces his indigenous culture.
  • That Tingling Sensation (Ryan Rox), 29:59 minutes — A young man is forced to confront his prejudices.
  • Visiones Diurnas (J. Genaro Limon and Arantza C. Shaeffer), 4:38 minutes — Experimental short in which a pianist and painter in quarantine discover new possibilities.
  • Where Is the Governor? (Carlos Humberto Tejeda), 9:30 minutes — A superhero tries to save the state.

The evening will also feature the long-awaited award-winning script, El Pavo Bravo, one of five scripts to win the Hornitos Tequila Black List “Take Your Shot” short film program.

Directed by Austin Savage and Roland Esparza, El Pavo Bravo tells the story of a "luchador who, after the death of a friend, quits the ring and takes up music in pursuit of a long-lost love."

El Pavo Bravo will make its festival premiere with an out-of-competition showing at 10 p.m. Saturday, August 6 (replacing the previously announced Desperately Seeking Susan) - Admission is free.

El Paso is full of talent, and this year you can check out some of the city's most talented filmmakers, so make plans to go out and support locals at the 15th Annual Plaza Classic Film Festival.

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