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.
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.
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.