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Foundation Updates

The Plaza Classic Film Camp Returns

April 29, 2016

The second annual camp, sponsored in part by The Borderplex Alliance, will run weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 1-5 and 8-12 at its new location — the El Paso Public Library Main Branch, 501 N. Oregon, in downtown El Paso.

Aspiring filmmakers will be able to take advantage of the library’s auditorium, theater and Makerspace lab, which features editing stations, 3D printer and a sound booth.

Enrollment is open to children between the ages of 9 and 15.

Experienced teachers and professionals will guide camp participants to conceive, write, storyboard, shoot and edit their own films. The two-week intensive camp will be run by the Philosophic Systems Institute and will focus on the fundamentals of filmmaking, animation, acting, directing, and editing.

Their finished movies will be shown in a free, public program during the ninth annual Plaza Classic Film Festival, which returns August 4-14 to downtown El Paso.

Registration is available online at or by phone at 915-533-4020.

Deadline for registering is July 25. Early bird tuition is $300 through July 17. Late registration is $325 from July 18-25. Tuition includes materials, lunch and snacks. A limited number of scholarships are available to El Paso and Juarez residents. To apply for a scholarship go to

Deadline for scholarship applications is July 10.