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 (student, independent, and professional) that emphasize artistic vision in telling their stories. Live-action narrative, documentary, film essay, and animation (15 min. and under) are highlighted.
The festival seeks films that explore topics connected to gender, gender identity, race, sexuality, transgender experience, 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.
#FBAFF is a growing festival; we are expanding each year. #FBAFF is not an industry event. It not a festival for professional networking. #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.
#FBAFF18: Because inclusive filmmaking is revolutionary art
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