The El Paso Film Festival returns next month and after a year going virtual, the event is back and in-person. The film festival will begin the evening of Thursday, October 14th and run through Sunday, October 17th.

The 2020 El Paso Film Festival was held virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with the City of El Paso's high vaccination rate organizers believe the time is right for the in-person movies to come back.

Carlos Corral is the artisitic director of the El Paso Film Festival and he's confident bringing the festival back "in some capacity" this year is the right thing to do.

“Our first priority is to follow our city and county guidelines in order keep El Pasosans safe so that everyone can enjoy our festival this year. If you haven’t done so already, we encourage everyone to get their COVID-19 vaccination so that their friends, family, and neighbors can all enjoy this year’s festivities with an added layer of protection.”

The El Paso Health Authority does require masks while indoors but people can still enjoy the films through streaming as well. The film festival has its own streaming channels on Apple TV, Roku TV, and Amazon Fire TV, as well as streaming online.

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Filmmakers can also win cash prizes at the film festival. Up to $6,000 in prize money will be awarded to independent filmmakers for their films. For more information on the El Paso Film Festival please visit the festival's website.

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