Since our founding in 2018, the El Paso Film Festival has awarded over $15,000 in cash prizes to filmmakers. If blood, sweat and tears was all it took to make great films, we’d call it a day. But the truth is, filmmaking takes a financial investment.

Our film festival empowers individuals to seek and create stories that are specific to their experiences.

We’re proud to be one of only 30 independent film festivals in the country to award the best films with cash prizes. Filmmaking can be costly. Until the mechanisms that create them become as cheap as paper and pencil, filmmakers will struggle to bring their unique visions to life. 

Cash prizes are one way that producers can recoup costs and continue making the films we enjoy. And if you ever produced an independent film you know how a little can go a long way.

As a supporter and attendee of the El Paso Film Festival, you will be providing the funds necessary to ensure the longevity and sustainability of the organization, and also support our goal of becoming an Oscar-qualifying film festival, which will make El Paso, TX a destination for filmmakers all over the world.


If you love independent films as much as we do, spend your time and energy volunteering and learning how the festival works.

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Your donations elevate the impact and development of filmmakers as they showcase their talents on a bi-national stage. 

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Your business will gain exposure to a large network of young professional filmmakers and audiences.

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