The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase is an annual film festival held in El Paso, Texas, which celebrates short films made by women and nonbinary filmmakers from around the world, most especially filmmakers of color from border communities. Created in 2016, the festival is run by women and nonbinary filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region. Femme Frontera has been featured in Variety Magazine, Texas Monthly magazine, and Remezcla. In 2018, the Showcase was listed as one of the top film festivals for female filmmakers.

Though priority will be given to filmmakers who were born, live, and/or created their short films in El Paso, TX, Las Cruces, NM, Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and their surrounding communities, FFFS welcomes short film submissions made by all women and non-binary filmmakers, most especially BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color), Migrant, Mexican, Mexican-American, Transfronterizx, and/or LGBTQIA filmmakers from around the world.

Open to shorts under 20 minutes in length.

Projects must be DIRECTED by WOMEN and NON-BINARY filmmakers ONLY. Any genre accepted. Priority will be given to stories told by immigrants, people of color, the LBGTQ community, and most especially films that take place along border regions around the world.

If you are a student or unable to pay the submission fee at this time, please send an email to You may qualify for a waiver.

The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Showcase for promotional purposes.

The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.

The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless Femme Frontera from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.

Overall Rating
  • Autumn Palen

    Such an outstandingly positive experience through and through. The whole team is so kind-hearted, and the network they've fostered is so dedicated to supporting one another. I'd absolutely attend again - such an honor to have been part of it!

    September 2023
  • An incredible showcase run by absolutely wonderful people. It has been such a fantastic experience being included in this years lineup. They care so much about filmmakers, and what makes it truly unique is how many opportunities they offer- you film "travels" with the showcase to various showcases and fest around the world. Such a great experience!

    February 2023
  • Ying-Fang Shen

    Wonderful team and showcase! I had a great experience.

    November 2021
  • Lorena Gordon

    The whole Femme Frontera team put together such a beautiful showcase of films this year. Loved my experience.

    November 2020