Held annually 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, essay film, video art, and animation. The festival showcases student 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.

Our festival entails film screenings at the campus digital theater and a video art exhibition at the University Art Gallery. This year the festival seeks to expand its offerings by inviting a small number of filmmakers to speak on panels about their films and to discuss methods to make inclusive/revolutionary storytelling a reality. As films are selected, various filmmakers will be contacted about attending. Due to limited resources, our ability to invite and support travel/lodging for filmmakers is restricted to a small number.

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.

Gender & Sexuality Studies/Department of Interdisciplinary Studies at New Mexico State University sponsor the event in collaboration with the Creative Media Institute and the University Art Gallery.

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 Essay Film (when applicable)
Best in Festival

Festival Director’s Prize (Awarded to the Festival Directors’ Choice for Revolutionary Vision in Festival)

Audience Choice Awards: These awards are selected by festival attendees.
Best Live-Action Narrative
Best Animation
Best Documentary
Best Essay Film (when applicable)
Best in Festival

Video Art Exhibition Awards
Best Art Documentary
Best Video Art Short
Best Avant-Garde Animation Short

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. Only films containing hardcoded captions/subtitles will be considered for live screening events.

3. We welcome films in any language. Please provide hardcoded 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 2016 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. If we cannot download a copy of your film, we cannot show your film.

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.

11. Acceptance of your film does not automatically mean your film will be shown at live screening events. It is, however, upon acceptance an official selection of the festival.