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, and animation shorts are highlighted.
#FBAFF18: Because inclusive filmmaking is revolutionary art
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. Several films this year address worldwide migrant and LGBT+ experiences.
This year 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 Border. Antebi 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.”
To view more information about the festival, including details about past festivals, click this link