Student and nonprofessional filmmakers living in Arizona and Sonora can submit short films about life in the borderlands to the Cinema On The Border contest now through Oct. 7.
Five winners from each state will be selected for a film screening in Douglas on Oct. 26. And the 10 winning filmmakers will have transportation, food and lodging paid to attend a borderlands film workshop in Douglas on Oct. 25-26. The workshop, led by Tucson-based filmmaker Luis Carlos Davis, is also open to the public.
“It’s just an opportunity for us to take control of or list our own narratives of the borderlands. It’s just a way we can tell our own stories,” said Jenea Sanchez, president of the Border Arts Corridor, which is hosting the event in collaboration with the Sonoran Cultural Institute (ISC).
Sanchez said the goal is to strengthen bonds between artists in the two states. She encourages anyone with a film about the borderlands to apply, even if it was shot on a cellphone.
“It’s really exciting to be doing something new,” she said, calling this a first run of what will hopefully become an annual contest.
Films must be one to 10 minutes long and touch on themes related to the Arizona-Sonora borderlands. Films in English need subtitles in Spanish, and films in Spanish must have English subtitles. Up to three entries are allowed per filmmaker.
For more information or to submit a film, see the Sonora Cultural Institute’s website.