2019 Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

2019 FBAFF Award Winning Films


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Click here to view the 2019 FBAFF Online Showcase

2019 Program and Press Information

Downloadable FBAFF19 Program (PDF)


Featured Filmmakers

Read the 2019 Press Release

Interview with KRWG Radio

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival to be held this weekend at NMSU

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival – News 22 NMSU


FBAFF19 Poster

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Free & Open to the Public

Join us on March 8 & 9 for two days of film, filmmakers, conversation, and food. Students, community members, staff, faculty, filmmakers, all are welcome to this event. We begin on March 8th, International Women’s Day,  with a three hour video program that will play on repeat during the day in Williams Annex 107 (1390 E University Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001) from 10am to 5pm. Next, the festival will feature 4 filmmakers in a showcases at the CMI Digital Theater (2915 McFie CircleLas Cruces, NM 88003) that highlights their work and puts them in conversation with each other. This event is moderated by filmmaker Aimée Schaefer.  A dessert reception will follow after.

Saturday, March 9 will be a day of film screenings. All screenings are organized into thematically linked programs that include a mix of documentary, live action narrative, & animation. After a reception at 6pm, the festival will conclude with a finale featuring films selected as festival finalists. Audience and jury members will vote for their favorites. Please join us for screenings throughout the day and this very special finale event at 6.30pm. Drinks and refreshments will be served throughout each day/evening.

The jury for 2019 FBAFF will lead by filmmaker Shakti Bhagchandani who will also serve as this year’s peer reviewer of the festival.

Sponsored by Gender and Sexuality Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, the Creative Media Institute, and the University Art Gallery. #FBAFF19 is supported by New Mexico Humanities Council, Community Foundation of Southern NM, Devasthali Family Foundation Fund, and Southwest & Border Cultures Institute.

About Us

#FBAFF19: Because inclusive filmmaking is revolutionary art

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.

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.


  • #FABFF is a growing festival; we are expanding each year. In the first year, with a few hundred entries, the festival began as a two hour program. In its second year, the festival expanded further to more than one event. It featured the work of films selected as finalists with the viewing public as the central event of the festival and screened other accepted films with students in Gender & Sexuality Studies. During the third year, the festival expanded in screen time to continue to feature finalists and also develop a day-long video art exhibition. Now, in its fourth year, the festival will incorporate public screenings of official selections, a finalists’ showcase for awards voting, the video art exhibition, and an invited filmmakers’ showcase that will feature a handful of directors working to transform cinema as an artistically important and socially engaged practice.  
  • #FBAFF is a festival dedicated to film viewing; to the students, community members, makers, activists, and scholars who believe in the power of art & the importance of cinema to transform lives and cultural landscapes. As Jeff Chang writes: “Political transformation must be accompanied not just by spontaneous and organized expressions of unrest and risk but by an explosion of mass creativity.” #FBAFF seeks to be a outlet for that explosion of mass creativity that accompanies social change.
  • #FBAFF is as much an artistic production as it is a showcase of visionary and transformative work in film. Each year’s program is carefully curated.  Selected films are organized according to a narrative structure that allows them to speak to each other/play off one another and develop overarching themes that directly speak to contemporary social issues and prompt audience reflection. 
  • #FBAFF occurs annually through outreach work, collaboration, and a passion for film. #FBAFF is organized by G&SS faculty members Dr. Jonet and Dr. Williams; we are artists, self-taught filmmakers, and scholars. Research, narrative structure, visual design work in promotional materials, and music created to frame screening events work together to render #FBAFF a specialized experience. For these reasons, #FBAFF is a peer reviewed film festival. 
  • #FBAFF integrates scholarship and art with a public purpose. There is no fee to enter and all events are free and open to the public. 
  • Many films at #FBAFF 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. 

To view more information about the festival, including details about past festivals, click this link  https://genders.nmsu.edu/fbaff-archive/ ‎