#FBAFF22 - #SolidarityShorts - A Mobile Video Event - June 2022

Feminist Border Arts seeks short film and videos addressing topics of solidarity. The films will be screened online during #Pride in June.

What is solidarity? What groups, topics, and issues need to be addressed? Who or what is often left out of such calls? What is feminist solidarity? What is LGBTQIA+ solidarity? How to express solidarity between different movements, groups, and issues? What happens if we do not? What can happen if we do turn toward collectivity, mutuality, empathy, and love? What change does change make? We are an academic film festival who still believes that film and visual media "are like a machine that generates empathy” (Roger Ebert).

This is a special #SolidarityShorts mobile and online event. Films will be screened online throughout the month of June. The reason for this is because it is important to circulate the ideas and images these films produce to a wide audience and to promote greater ease of access to support the mission of this project as one that seeks to bring Pride together with other important topics and movements through expressions of solidarity. Films selected for screening will be circulated on FBA and NMSU Gender & Sexuality Studies websites, social media accounts, and YouTube channel.

The festival emphasizes artistic vision in telling these stories through short film, including live-action narrative, documentary, essay film, video art, experimental film, and animation. The festival showcases student, indie, and professional filmmakers, domestic and international.

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 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 to open minds, create new vistas, and challenge dehumanizing forms of representation.

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 identity, difference, and liminal experience as well as issues of sovereignty, decolonizing, belonging, and humanizing experiences. 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 to open minds, create new vistas, and challenge dehumanizing forms of representation.

FBAFF is a highly selective film festival. Each season fewer than 1% of submitted films are accepted. Films curated by FBAFF signify important and emergent creations for viewer consideration through digital and public humanities efforts.

Festival programing is curated in conversation with the teaching, outreach, and research & creative activity missions of Feminist Border Arts and NMSU's Gender & Sexuality Studies academic program.

To that end, FBAFF offers honors in its different categories that selected by festival directors, viewers, and esteemed guests.

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

1. Film directly addresses themes of solidarity or topics of connection and consideration between peoples, groups, and individuals (among other possibilities).

2. Film is an original work by submitter(s) and can be legally circulated online by FBA and NMSU Gender and Sexuality Studies on our university websites, YouTube channel, and social media accounts. As a note, make especially sure you are licensed to use all music in your film.

3. Accepted film lengths are 60 seconds to 3 minutes with specs and formats compatible with YouTube, TikTok, and Instagram (MP4 or MOV). Most submissions will have a vertical orientation with dimensions and resolution of 1080×1920.

4. If your film is selected for the festival, you retain your rights and give us permission to upload a copy of your film as part of a curated program for the festival on our YouTube channel, NMSU websites, and social media accounts. NOTE, if your film is selected we will need to download a copy ASAP (MP4 or MOV).

5. All selected films must include hardcoded English language captions/subtitles (i.e. Captions need to be embedded in the film. We will not add them.).

6. We welcome films in any language, but films must include hardcoded English language captions (i.e. captions need to be downloaded in the film. We will not add them.).

7. One film per director. While films are not screened using the MPA rating system, please be sure that submitted films are acceptable for circulation to wide, diverse, and social aware audiences.

8. Acceptance of your film does not automatically mean it will be exhibited. However, it remains an official selection of the festival.