With NETFLIX securing Albuquerque Studios as part of a plan to bring as much as $1 billion in production to New Mexico over the next 10 years, we are poised to become one the dominate film locations in the United States. Las Cruces, NM is the 2nd largest city in the state, with one successful film studio and another one in the process, we are building our base as part of the film industry locally and nationwide. With an average of 294 days of sun annually and the addition to 5% on top of the already amazing state tax rebates for film, Las Cruces is truly a desirable location to film.

The 3rd annual Borderscene Film Festival is a celebration featuring 3 days of high-quality independent film in the majestic Southwestern town of Las Cruces, New Mexico. Bringing the best films to New Mexico from around the world, with an emphasis on US Military-produced projects, and providing a rich educational opportunity to professional filmmakers and the general public alike through its on-site workshops and panel discussions.

Putting filmmakers first is the key to making this the best festival experience in the southwest. Accepted films receive one night of lodging and access to meals, multiple after parties and networking activities. We treat the filmmakers as the stars!

The Borderscene Film Festival’s mission is to connect independent filmmakers with industry professionals by providing a positive film event, inspiring filmmakers without those direct film industry connections. We make that connection for you! What this means is the Borderscene Film Festival will provide opportunities for independent film professionals at every level to participate, learn, network, and even get their films distributed!

Borderscene Film Festival is doing its part in providing such opportunities to filmmakers worldwide by putting a spotlight on a theme each year. As such, the third annual festival theme is: Breaking Barriers. For 2020, our desire is for an inclusive community where barriers don't exist, and all voices are heard and appreciated. This film festival will serve as a platform to share the unique and diverse perspectives of all members of our film community. Together we will learn to create a truly inclusive organization, where all people will enjoy a fulfilling and self-directed life beyond the barriers holding them back.

This year’s U.S. Military category is sponsored by VetFlicks. VetFlicks recently worked with Fun Academy and their animated WWI film SGT STUBBY: AN AMERICAN HERO was short listed (Top 25) for the 91st Academy Awards: Animated Feature Film category. The film that wins the U.S. Military award will have the opportunity to have their film distributed by VetFlicks!! VetFlicks also provides feedback and assistance to veteran filmmakers.

Due to its proximity to the international border, the Borderscene Film Festival is also dedicated to developing, promoting and increasing awareness of international stories by presenting a variety of international programming from all over the world.

Each year the festival honors well-known film industry professionals. In 2019, the festival honored Harry Hamlin (Clash of the Titans, LA Law) and Thaao Penghlis (Days of our Lives, General Hospital) with Lifetime Achievement awards.

The Borderscene Film Festival (BFF) aims to champion the great independent filmmaker and takes place September 10 - 14, 2020.

Grand Jury Award


Best Feature
Best Short


Best Feature
Best Short


Best Documentary

Audience Choice:

Best Feature
Best Short

Best US Military
Best Animation
Best New Mexico
Best of the Borderplex
Best Episodic Project
Best Student Film
Best Music Video

We understand how fees can add up for filmmakers. We also understand that a not-for-profit film festival needs to stay in business. So, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM ASKING FOR A FULL FEE WAIVER. Full Fee Waivers will only be provided to films previously submitted and not selected or the submitting filmmaker who had their film selected during a previous festival season.

Films completed prior to January 2017 are ineligible.

For entries into the Student category, the school where the project was produced must be mentioned within credits.

Filmmakers need only submit to one category. The awards that each selected film is eligible for will be assigned by BFF staff.

By submitting to the Borderscene Film Festival, filmmaker implies understanding and acceptance of festival rules & terms.

Filmmaker submitting hereby attests that he/she is fully empowered to authorize public screening(s) and the promotion of such screenings and, by being selected to this festival agrees to the provisions outlined below:

- Filmmaker will not submit industrial or instructional works.

- For films selected, filmmaker will provide press kit items as requested by Borderscene Film Festival for use at its discretion in promoting the film festival and its activities.

- Scheduling screenings of films selected is at the discretion of the Borderscene Film Festival.

- Filmmaker’s representative shall make best efforts to attend the film’s screening, and participate in question-and-answer session with audience following screenings.

- By submitting, and if selected, Filmmaker gives permission to Borderscene Film Festival to screen selected film(s), during the festival's 2nd Annual run, in a public forum, in multiple cities, any number of times, any media format, as needed.

- Foreign language films must have subtitles in English.

Overall Rating
  • Jeff Fry

    The Borderscene Film Festival provided an opportunity for me to revisit Las Cruces, NM, where I resided for a short while as a child. I honestly wasn't expecting much, but found myself amazingly surprised by the caliber of such a young festival. Their catered events, partial hotel compensation, engaged sponsorship, trophies, and workshops conducted by veteran talent easily competes with many of the larger, established festivals, yet it has an intimate, family ambiance.

    The festival draws filmmakers from around the globe, screening top-notch films and providing ample time and opportunity for networking. Communication is excellent, and the directors and volunteers are gracious and eager to accommodate needs.

    The Borderscene Film Festival is not only a strong, up and coming contender for a lasting presence on the festival circuit, it's an excellent emissary for the burgeoning film industry in the American southwest.

    Thank you, Borderscene, for providing us with a wonderful place to stay and play [our films].

    October 2019
  • Jimmy Kustes

    We were so happy to have Body Swap nominated for Best US Feature at Borderscene. This is a great festival and only getting better each year

    September 2019
  • Thank you for picking my film BENZIN for your interesting festival.

    September 2019
  • Sean Kinney

    This is a small festival that makes you feel like family. I met tons of great filmmakers, and got to spend quality time with them. The screenings were not filled, but the Q&A let me know that my film landed with my audience. I would recommend it.

    September 2019
  • Andre Gaumond

    This is a great young festival. They are welcoming you with all their love. They even pay food and lodging. I was pleased that my tv series project SWAP win the Best Episodic. Good luck for next year.

    September 2019