Binational Independent Film Festival

The Festival Begins May 1 to May 5, 2019

El Festival Empieza Del 1 al 5 de Mayo, 2019


Downtown (Main) Library Auditorium
10:00 a.m. Documentary presentation Retablos:
Paint my Miracle.

Talk with PhD Philip Lewis.
La Fe Culture and Technology Center
10:00 a.m. Carlos Gallardo talk to the kids and trailer presentations.
Union Cinema
6:30 p.m. Movie presentation Redcon-1
Talk with Carlos Gallardo (Award Presentation) and Chee Keong Cheung (Director)
Downtown (Main) Library Auditorium
10:00 Immigration Documentary Hitting the Border and talk by Director Robert Holguin.
Pebble Hills High School
11:00 a.m. Carlos Gallardo and Chee Keong Cheung talk with students.
Union Cinema
6:30 p.m. Movie presentation Radio Silence
Talk with producer and director Troy Scoughton Sr.
Union Cinema
6:30 p.m. Movie presentation La Diosa del Mar
Talk with Actress and Producer Karla Barahona (award presentation).
Union Cinema
6:30 p.m. Documentary presentation Hitting the Wall
Talk Director and Producer Robert Holguin.
Union Cinema
2:00 p.m. Shorts by filmmakers from El Paso, Texas, and Juarez, Mexico.
Talk with Robert Holguin, Cinema Oculto, and Carlos Tejeda

Festival Press Release

2019 Binational Independent Film Festival Press Release

The XIX Festival goes to super-Independent Mode with Carlos Gallardo (the original El Mariachi) who is receiving The Independent Hispanic Actor Award, but not only that: he will come with a new movie by Chee Keong Cheung who had already visited the festival years before with his second film (now on his third!).

On the Mexican side of the festival, but still at UTEP’s Union Cinema we are giving the Lifetime Achievement Award to Manuel Ojeda and the International Independent Actress Award to Karla Barahona.

This is a special year, since we are going to also celebrate the spirit of independent films in our area with films by filmmakers from El Paso (Robert Holguin), Juarez (Cinema Oculto), and Las Cruces (PRC Productions), so get ready for our own filmmakers and our own border stories.

And finally, with our famous talks with celebrities after the films, and the Academic talks as well.

Once more at UTEP’s Union Cinema, free parking during the presentations which will be at 6:30 p.m. each night, and at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday only.

So, come and celebrate Independent Cinema with international celebrities, but this XIX, and very proudly, local celebrities as well!

Binational Film Festival Announces Honorees

2019 Festival Honorees

Carlos Gallardo

Karla Barahona

Chee Keong Cheung

Troy Scoughton, Sr., p.g.a. – Producer

Robert Holguin