Awards & Prizes


The El Paso Film Festival Jury Members all choose their favorite films and present their distinguished awards at the Awards Ceremony during the closing ceremony of the festival. Through the philanthropic resources of the Paso Del Norte Foundation and its sponsors, the El Paso Film Festival awards up to $5,000 in cash prizes between all the winning short and feature films. 

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Category Awards - $1,500

Sponsored by The Herrera Group

  • Best Feature Film (Narrative) - $500
  • Best Short Film (Narrative) - $250
  • Best Feature Film (Documentary) - $500
  • Best Short Film (Documentary) - $250


Grand Jury Prize Sponsor - $1,000

Sponsored by El Paso Cosmetic Surgery

When deciding on the Grand Jury Award, The EPFF Jury awards the short or feature film with the most captivating story, values, and community impact. This award highlights the filmmaker and their film as the most praiseworthy of all the films submitted to the festival.



Producer Award - $500

Sponsored by MindWarp Films

The Producer Award is given by Carlos Corral, Artistic Director of the El Paso Film Festival and Producer at MindWarp Films, LLC. The Producer is tasked with making sure the film production has all of the necessary resources, cast, and crew in order to achieve the Director's vision.



Director Award - $500

Sponsored by Rio Bravo Film Fund

The Director Award will honor the filmmaker who has exemplified exceptional talent, storytelling, and perseverance in bringing their film to light. Being a filmmaker requires having a vision that challenges the imagination of the audience and also requires a lot of endurance when telling an engaging story.



El Paso Filmmaker Award - $500

Sponsored by Mindful Creative Group

The El Paso Filmmakers Organization will present this award to an El Paso Filmmaker who has illustrated exceptional capability, expertise, and hard work in telling their own personal story.


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Foundation Award - $500

Sponsored by Paso Del Norte Foundation

The Paso Del Norte Foundation will present this award to a Filmmaker who has exemplified remarkable talent and hard work in telling their own unique story that connects on a personal level with the audience.



Audience Award - $500

Sponsored by Mattress Firm El Paso

The El Paso Film Festival recognizes the power of the audience. We ask our audience members to cast their vote for their favorite film. All votes are anonymous, and only the attending audiences are eligible to vote for the best film of their choice.