The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase is an annual film festival held in El Paso, Texas, which celebrates short films made by women filmmakers from around the world, most especially women of color from border communities. Created in 2016, the festival is run by a collective of six women 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.

The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase, a 1.5 hour program, goes on tour each year and has screened at the following locations:
Echo Park Film Center Los Angeles, CA, Relativity School Los Angeles, CA, Southwestern University Georgetown, TX, Indie Grits Film Festival Columbia, SC, UWM Milwaukee, WI, 516 ARTS Albuquerque, NM, Cine Las Americas Austin, TX, San Diego, CA, Art Theater Champaign, IL and Cine Festival San Antonio, TX.

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, trans, and non-binary filmmakers, most especially female 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, NON-BINARY, OR TRANS filmmakers. 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.

IMPORTANT NOTE: We understand that we are currently going through a pandemic and that most of the world remains in lockdown. We are encouraging that filmmakers also consider submitting films that have been made while in quarantine on phones and webcams. Our priority has always been to share powerful stories! We don’t want filmmakers to feel limited by only submitting films made by traditional means.

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
  • Lorena Gordon

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

    November 2020