Feminist Border Arts Film Festival

4th Annual #FBAFF March 8-9



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.

Free & Open to the Public. Refreshments will be served throughout each day.


Schedule Coming Soon!

#FBAFF19: Because inclusive filmmaking is revolutionary art

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.

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 are central to the festival’s goals as is the festival’s commitment to supporting artistically crafted cinematic experiences. The relationship between form and content is a generative principle of socially engaged art. 

  • #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 developed a day-long video art exhibition. Now, in its fourth year, the festival will incorporate a public viewing of selected films, a finalists’ showcase for awards voting, a video art exhibition, and a 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/ ‎