Held annually in April on the campus of New Mexico State University, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival celebrates the power of cinema as a creative tool to reflect upon urgent social issues and thought-provoking representations of identity and difference. The festival emphasizes artistic vision in telling these stories through short film (15 min. and under), including live-action narrative, documentary, and animation. It showcases student, independent, and professional filmmakers, domestic and international.

The festival seeks shorts that explore topics connected to gender, gender identity, sexuality, race, indigeneity, class, dis/ability, transnationality and diaspora, migration, refugees and displaced persons, activisms, the environment, food/water insecurity, and other social justice perspectives and experiences.

Located in New Mexico— a state that includes nineteen sovereign Pueblo nations and is situated less than 50 miles from the U.S./Mexico border— the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival is committed to thinking about margins and liminal experience. The festival defines “feminist border arts” as a practice that challenges the limits of conventional representation through telling stories from the edge; threshold visions from the margins that create new ways of seeing, that visualize underrepresented ways of knowing. Selected films revive the promise of cinema, the possibility of film.

The Feminist Border Arts Film Festival is a selective screening event with a limited number of featured entries each year. There is no fee to enter and all events are free and open to the public. The 2018 festival will feature two live events: a screening of selected films on March 12 at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery in observance of International Women's Day and Women's History Month and the second will be the festival's main screening event in conjunction with the Creative Media Institute.

Submissions are due by March 19, 2018.

Gender & Sexuality Studies/Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at New Mexico State University sponsors the festival. The Creative Media Institute at NMSU additionally supports it with facility resources.

Gender & Sexuality Studies at NMSU offers a major, minor, and graduate minor. Students can complete requirements for the major online or in face-to-face courses. See gender.nmsu.edu for further details.

*Cover Image by Laura Anh Williams. Logo by Cassandra Dixon.*

Juried Awards: The jury is composed each year of select faculty, staff, students, community members, filmmakers, and film critics/scholars.
Best Live-Action Narrative
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best in Festival

Festival Director’s Prize (Awarded to Festival Director’s Choice for Best in Festival)

Audience Choice Awards: These awards are selected by festival attendees.
Best Live-Action Narrative
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best in Festival

Before submitting your film to the festival, review these conditions:

1. Films need to fit w/in the mission of the festival (see festival description above). Films that do not correspond in any way or only limitedly to the festival’s mission will not be considered.

2. This festival seeks to be accessible to as many filmgoers as possible. Please provide (large-scale) captions/subtitles for your film. Only films containing captions/subtitles will be considered for the live screening event.

3. We welcome films in any language. Please provide English subtitles. If your film is selected for the festival, we will need to download a copy with hardcoded subtitles.

4. Films may be no longer than 15 minutes in length.

5. Films produced before January 2015 will not be considered.

6. One film per director.

7. If your film is selected, we will need to download a copy of it for the live screening event either through Vimeo or from you directly.

8. While press kits are welcomed, they are not required. We would like, however, access to still images or any other information you have about your film for promotional purposes if possible.

9. The festival's live screening event prefers films that are not currently available on public formats such as You Tube or Vimeo.

10. Student entries should list the school where the project was produced in the credits or description.