FEMME Frontera
Dispelling border myths one story at a time.

Causes: Arts and Culture, Education, Women's Issues

Femme Frontera was founded in 2016 by six women filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region of El Paso, Texas, Las Cruces, New Mexico, and Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. We amplify films made by women and non-binary filmmakers from border regions around the world. Since 2017, Femme Frontera has been featured in Variety Magazine, Remezcla, and Texas Monthly magazine, among others. In 2019, Femme Frontera also became listed as one of the “Top 10 Film Festivals for Female Filmmakers” by Milan Arielle Productions as well as one of the top “Film Festivals who are Showing How Media Has the Power to Change the World” by GirlHQ.

In 2020, Femme Frontera was awarded funding from the Ford Foundation for organizational support and a grant from the Perspective Fund to expand the documentary program and integrate Spanish speaking only classes into its curriculum. In 2021, Femme Frontera was awarded a Sundance Arts Organization Grant to begin a Border Filmmakers’ Lab serving El Paso and Juarez women and non-binary filmmakers.

The Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase began as a celebration of films made by women filmmakers from the U.S.-Mexico border region. Since then, we have expanded to include powerful short films from around the world, whose stories challenge perceptions about women, border communities, immigrants, people of color, the LBGTQ+ community, and other underrepresented communities.

We are grateful to all of our supporters for making 2022 a grand success! We’re asking you to join us again today and help make 2023 even better!

We hope we can count on your support to:

  • increase funding opportunities for filmmakers from the El Paso-Juarez region
  • further amplify the voices of the next generation of women and non-binary filmmakers and children from the U.S.-Mexico border region
  • enhance and expand our educational programming
  • reach wider audiences by adding more Showcase tour dates and sharing more amazing stores from and about the U.S.-Mexico border region and beyond with the rest of the country
  • expand our La Frontera Film Lab which supports documentary filmmakers along the U.S.-Mexico border tell their stories from inception through distribution