Reimagining Borders Film Challenge | Las Cruces Film Festival |
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Among many events planned in conjunction with the 2022 Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) is an opportunity for anyone to make a movie in 48 hours between February 25 and 27, then have it screened during the festival.

The seventh annual LCIFF, presented by New Mexico State University (NMSU) and Visit Las Cruces, will run from March 2 – 6. NMSU’s Southwest and Border Cultures Institute and NMSU’s Creative Media Institute are partnering with the film festival to offer the Reimagining Borders 48-Hour Film Challenge.

Filmmakers may register individually or in teams. The challenge is open to anyone who can write, shoot, and edit a short film in 48 hours. Registration costs $10 and is open until the launch of the competition.

The kickoff and mandatory safety meeting are at 6 p.m. Friday, February 25, at Salud! de Mesilla (1800 Avenida de Mesilla, suite B). Filmmakers will have 48 hours to write, shoot, and edit a short film. Entries must be delivered on a flash drive (that the team provides) by 6 p.m. February 27 to Kyle Ivy outside Milton Hall on the NMSU campus.

All films successfully completed for the Reimagining Borders 48-Hour Film Challenge and complying with all 48-Hour Challenge rules will be screed at the 2022 LCIFF event from 4 – 6 p.m. at Allen Theaters’ Cineport 10. Films created by filmmakers under 18 years old will be screened at 2 p.m. on March 6 for an audience award.

Winners will be announced at the LCIFF Award Ceremony at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at the Rio Grande Theatre.

To register, all team members must agree to the COVID-safe filming rules listed in the online registration form. Failure to adhere to these rules will result in immediate disqualification.

Every participant on a team must fill out a registration form and agree to comply with the rules. Once registered, team members will receive an invitation and Zoom link to the kick-off event by mail. Scholarships are available to waive the $10 fee.

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