2020 Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

The 5th annual Feminist Border Arts Film Festival


March 5th & 6th, 2020

University Art Museum

Free & Open to the Public

FBAFF: 5 Years

The 2020 season will be the fifth anniversary of the festival. To celebrate this, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival is partnering with the newly-constructed University Art Museum (UAM) located in Devasthali Hall on the campus of New Mexico State University. It is doing so to participate in the inaugural exhibition to be mounted in the new premises: “Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020,” co-curated by Marisa Sage (Director, UAM) and Laurel Nakadate (NY based photographer and filmmaker). “Labor: Motherhood and Art in 2020” addresses and challenges the documented human experiences of motherhood and the ways the mother and childrearing have been perceived and portrayed in art, both historically and in current popular culture. Building upon the multitudes of conversations happening in the contemporary art world “Labor” looks at motherhood through the lenses of empathy, intimacy, feminism, failure, dedication, and routine.

For its part, the Feminist Border Arts Film Festival will feature a two-day event of public screenings of selected films that encompass and/or expand on artistic/critical explorations of mothering, mothers, the maternal, the divine feminine, queer family, queer or/and trans parenting, race and mothering/parenting, dis/ability and mothering/parenting, refugee and transnational mothering/parenting and more. In short, the festival seeks films that deal with notions of the mother, mothering, kinship bonds, parenting, or the family that intersect with topics of gender, gender identity, sexuality, race, indigeneity, class, dis/ability, transnationality and diaspora, migration, refugees and displaced persons, activisms, the environment, food/water/housing insecurity, and other social justice perspectives and experiences. Our selected films will be screened alongside video works by artists like Mickalene Thomas, Tierney Gearon, Ann Fessler, who are showcased in the “Labor” exhibition.

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#FBAFF2020: 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. 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/ ‎