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The Borderlands Film Festival has changed its name and is returning as the Borderscene Film Festival in the fall of 2019.
“Every time we turned around somebody had the name Borderlands and we were trying to create something unique,” said Chief Operating Officer Michael Evans. “We are creating a scene, films are scene, we’ve got these scenic mountains. So, the board decided to change to a name that was more integral and represented film.”
This year’s event takes place Sept. 6-9 at the Allen Theatres’ Cineport 10 and Video 4 in Las Cruces.
With 450 films submitted from 48 countries, the top 15 percent will be screened at the festival, or about 70.
This year’s theme is “Overcoming Challenges.”
Almost every film has some challenge, Evans said, whether it’s personal growth or financial resources.
“To fulfill this year’s theme, the Borderscene Film Festival will have dedicated programming and workshops celebrating filmmakers who have overcome great challenges in order to get their film completed,” Evans said.
To maximize the exposure an independent filmmaker receives, this year the festival will have online access for those who cannot attend the festival in person.
“It’s a challenge because we want a bigger audience at the theater,” Evans said. “But, if you only want it at home, you can’t come to the workshop, the parties.”
Online passes will be available at www.BordersceneFilmFestival.org beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4.
“We totally dropped our ticket prices,” Evans said. “It would be better to have 100 people in there for 5 bucks than three people for $25, we really cut the tickets back.”
Prices include a single movie for $2.50, a day movie pass for $7.50, a three-day movie pass for $15, and an all access (VIP) $50 pass good for all movies and parties, including the opening night film on Sept. 7.
Call 575-646-2737 or email info@BordersceneFilmFestival.org.
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