Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

Held annually in April, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival features short films (under 15 min.) by student and professional filmmakers, domestic and international that address pressing social issues and create thought-provoking depictions of identity and difference. The festival defines “feminist border arts” as a practice that constantly reconfigures boundaries and challenges the limits of conventional representation. These films are perspectives from the edge; they are visions from the margins that create new ways of seeing. They revive the promise of cinema, the possibility of film.

The festival showcases live-action narratives, animation, and documentaries that explore gender and identity, sexuality, race, class, transnationality, migration, refugees and displaced persons, dis/ability, the environment, as well as other categories of identity and difference.

The festival is founded and organized by Dr. M. Catherine Jonet and sponsored by Gender & Sexuality Studies/Interdisciplinary Studies Department at NMSU. See Dr. Jonet’s website for further information and the festival archive.

The call for entries for the inaugural festival received 273 entries in total. In its second year, the festival received over 3,000 entries from more than 50 countries. The films selected for the festival are determined through each film’s distinct contribution to the festival’s mission and the film’s artistic impact. Many films in this festival make their New Mexico, Southwestern, and even U.S. debut. Other films have been featured in prominent festivals like Sundance, Outfest, and more.

Read the press release for the 2017 film festival. Also available in Spanish.

2017 Awards

Juried Awards are selected by faculty in Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Interdisciplinary Studies Department and other members of the NMSU campus community

2017 Jury

Cynthia Bejarano: Regent’s Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Manal Hamzeh: Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies  

Amy Lanasa: Department Head of the Creative Media Institute, Writer/Filmmaker

Ilana Lapid: Assistant Professor of Creative Media, Filmmaker

Tony Stagliano: Assistant Professor of English, Creative Research Center Director, Filmmaker

Patti Wojahn: Department Head of Interdisciplinary Studies, Borderlands Writing Project Director

Laura Anh Williams: Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director: Gender & Sexuality Studies, Artist

2017 Juried Awards Recipients:

  • Best Animation: “The Bus Trip” by Sarah Gampel
  • Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Short: “The Fisherman of Lesbos” by Nikolia Apostolou
  • Best Live-Action Narrative: “I Say Dust” by Darine Hotait
  • Best in Festival: “I Say Dust” by Darine Hotait

Festival Director’s Prize (Awarded to Festival Director’s Choice for Best in Festival): “LostFound” by Shakti Bhagchandani

Audience Awards

Audience Award are selected by audience members during the festival’s major event on April 24 at the CMI Theater-Milton Hall 171 on the campus of New Mexico State University

2017 Audience Choice Awards Recipients

  • Best Animation: “I, Destini” by Nicholas Pilarski and Destini Riley
  • Best Documentary or Non-Fiction Short: “The Fisherman of Lesbos” by Nikolia Apostolou
  • Best Narrative: “New Neighbors” by E. G. Bailey
  • Best in Festival:“I Say Dust” by Darine Hotaitl

2017 Program

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2016 #FBAFF

2016 Awards

Juried Awards are selected by faculty in Gender & Sexuality Studies and the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.

Cynthia Bejarano: Regent’s Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies

Manal Hamzeh: Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies  

Patti Wojahn: Department Head of Interdisciplinary Studies, Borderlands Writing Project Director

Laura Anh Williams: Assistant Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies, Director: Gender & Sexuality Studies, Artist

2016 Juried Awards Recipients:

  • Best Animation: “The Edge” by Alexandra Averyanova
  • Best Live-Action Narrative: “Domingo (Sunday)” by Erika Oregel

Audience Awards

Audience Award are selected by audience members during the festival’s major event on the campus of New Mexico State University.

2016 Audience Choice Awards Recipients:

  • Best Animation: “In  Black” by  Lai  Wei
  • Best Live-Action Narrative: “Schleierhaft” by Tim Ellrich