Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

Feminist Border Arts Film Festival Presents:

Pandemic Pop Up! 

A Virtual Film Fest & Culture Work Exhibit

May 8-10, 2020

TY for Everyone!


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The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many delays and cancellations. It has created loss, suffering, and fear. During these times, we have also sought out newer forms of togetherness and social being. The pandemic has changed the ways in which we live and continuously offers up glimpses of the underbelly of how societies function. These uncoverings of social truths are akin to what Albert Camus named L’envers et l’endroit (“this side and that side”): the concept of both an outward face  and its opposite, like the two different sides of a rag rug. Contemporary examples of this are Jordan Peele’s film US and films by Bong Joon-ho like Snowpiecer and Parasite that dramatize large scale social inequalities, where one side’s comfort is dependent on the other side’s precarity. In addition to this, great numbers of people are consuming and producing creative media and other projects at unprecedented rates.

FBAFF Presents: Pandemic Pop Up!  A Virtual Film Fest & Culture Work Exhibit seeks to bring some of the different aspects of this current reality together. The films and culture work here provide different aspects–snapshots, really–of the world before and the early days of this new reality. This pop-up virtual exhibit offers a chance for reflection, escape, some fun, and release. Selected films, zines, and other media are curated into different programs. For example, the collection called “Quarantine/Beyond” is organized into films that reflect directly on this moment and others that shift to an entirely different reality. Another collection “Queer, Feminist, LGBT+++” is more of a reflection of the vitality of these overlapping communities and responds to cultural practices that subvert immediate realities for other vistas. Feminist Border Arts will also be featuring, for the first time, a few longer film and video pieces and a feature-length film, in addition to zines and other forms of low-fi creative media. Please note, films and other media have not been rated. View at your own discretion. 


About Feminist Border Arts

#FBAFF2020: Because inclusive filmmaking is revolutionary art

Held 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, independent, & 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.

In addition to #FBAFF, Feminist Border Arts also curates bespoke film and video programs, such as the Pandemic Pop Up! in May 2020 and our upcoming collaborations with 516 ARTS and The Guild in Albuquerque, as well as culture work exhibits. 

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: We are a growing festival. 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. In its fourth year, the festival organized public screenings of official selections, a finalists’ showcase for awards voting, the video art exhibition, and an invited filmmakers’ showcase. Now, in its fifth year, the festival will incorporate two days of public screenings of official selections as part of the first exhibition to be featured in the newly constructed University Art Museum: “Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020.”
  • #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 an 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/ ‎