Located on the far edge of Texas, the El Paso Film Festival is one of the largest showcases of independently made films.

We curate the best indie filmmakers are producing right now, we are nurturing and growing a space for all who enjoy independent film. In providing a platform for people to see work that won't be seen in a mainstream theater, people have the chance to discover and support film and theatre artists while enjoying what is becoming the fastest growing Independent film festival in Far West Texas.

The El Paso Film Festival was created by filmmaker Carlos Corral in 2018 with the support of the El Paso Filmmakers organization and the philanthropic help of the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation. 

Since its inception, the El Paso Film Festival has prided itself on bringing quality short and feature films to its attendees and participants. El Paso Film Festival’s mission is to expand the introduction of new independent films and aims to inspire 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. To do so, the Paso Del Norte Community Foundation and El Paso Film Festival have teamed up and now provide support in the southwest border region for these projects.

The Team

Carlos Corral

Artistic Director, Filmmaker & Founder of El Paso Film Festival

Carlos Corral is a Texas filmmaker with true grit. With more than 13 years of experience working on a variety of high-profile television, documentary and feature film productions, he is among the most prolific personalities in the Texas film scene. Known mostly as a location sound mixer, his credits include producer, director and editor — just to name a few.

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Ximena Alvarez

Film Programmer

Ximena Alvarez is a Producer based in El Paso Texas, with experience in both the theatre and film industry. Originally from San Antonio Texas, Ximena is a 2019 graduate of the The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor’s Degree in Theater Arts.

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Isaac Marquez

Film Programmer

Raised in El Paso, Isaac Marquez has spent years dedicated to the craft of filmmaking, from working on sets to writing and editing his own projects. After spending some time abroad and interning for Austin Film Society and Austin Film Festival, he returned to his hometown to apply his knowledge as a festival programmer to the one and only El Paso Film Festival.

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Advisory Committee

Charles Horak

Charles Horak experience included being a radio host of the weekly radio program On Film and co-founded the Plaza Classic Film Festival just to name a few.

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Felipa Solis

Felipa Solis is a journalist, public relations specialist, community advocate, and executive director of El Paso Pro-Musica.

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Teresita Gonzalez Corral

Teresita has achieved the great distinction of being a Papen Family Award recipient and advisory board member for El Paso Pro Musica and the El Paso Pro Musica Foundation.

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Octavio Corral

Octavio was the head of business development at Mindful Creative and has spent the past 5 years working with nonprofits & foundations to help them better communicate their impact, engage their audiences, and improve online fundraising.

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Nora Herrera

Nora Herrera is a proud mother, businesswoman, philanthropist, and devoted partner. She dual majored in Finance and Marketing and graduated from the University of Texas at El Paso.

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Ernie Herrera

Ernie Herrera is a successful family man, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who has helped El Paso thrive for more than 25 years.

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Get Involved

If you love independent films as much as we do, find out how to get involved.

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Past Festivals

Want to see what our past festival films and guests have been? Take a look.

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