FBAFF Archive

Formerly Featured on FBAFF Page

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

About the Festival

The Feminist Border Arts Film Festival celebrates the power of cinema as a creative tool to grapple with urgent social issues and to revolutionize questions of representation. The festival features short films by U.S. and international filmmakers that emphasize artistic vision in telling stories. Live-action narrative, documentary, and animation shorts that explore identity, LGBT+, migration, disability, climate change, and more are highlighted.

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, TIFF, Outfest, Cannes, and more.

Feminist Border Arts: a Filmmaking Practice

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. 

Background Information on the Festival

In its first year, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival received a couple of hundred entries. The festival has grown since that earlier effort. It received over 3,000 entries for it second season in 2017 and has received more than 2,000 entries for the 2018 festival. All films screened at this year’s signature event on  April 16th at the CMI Digital Theatre, including English language films, are subtitled/captioned in support of the hearing impaired.


2018 marks the third season of the festival and it continues to be one of growth. With over 2100 submissions from 103 countries, the 2018 season will include the festival’s signature event on April 16th at the CMI Digital Theater from 6:00pm-8:30pm; an online showcase of publically available submissions on Vimeo and YouTube (April 16th-May 16th); collections of films curated especially for students enrolled in Gender & Sexuality Studies courses at NMSU that will be shown during the spring 2018 semester; and the video art exhibition “Border Zones, Liminal Bodies,” which premiered at the University Art Gallery on March 12th. All films are official selections of the festival. 

The 2018 festival will also be debuting a sequence from Nicole Antebi’s work-in-progress, Fred’s Rainbow Bar and Other Stages on the International BorderAntebi grew up in El Paso and now lives and works in NY. Her film takes place in the pre-NAFTA 1990s and combines “live action, archival imagery, and a variety of animation styles to tell the story of an unsuspecting teenager growing up in El Paso Texas and frequenting Ciudad Juárez on a regular basis.”

 

Video Art Exhibit: Border Zones, Liminial Bodies

The FBAFF 2018 season featured a special live screening event  showcasing experimental filmmaking, video art, and art docs.  It was held at the University Art Gallery and all films featured in the program are official selections of #FBAFF18. The videos played continuously on March 12, 2018 from 10am-6pm in the gallery. Nearly 100 people were in attendance to view the films throughout the day.

This event was so successful that the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival and the University Art Gallery plan to make the video art exhibition a regular screening event for the festival in upcoming seasons. We are also seeking to bring the exhibit to other galleries across the U.S.A. and beyond.


Image from “Listen” by Min Min Hein

Read the press release for the video art exhibit here.

See the Program:

Download (PDF, 8.72MB)

 


Feminist Border Arts Film Festival: Looking Back

#FBAFF 2017 

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

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

2017 Program

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#FBAFF 2016 

2016 Jury

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