Make your own movie during 48-Hour Film Challenge


Do you have what it takes to write, shoot and edit a film in 48 hours? If so, the Las Cruces International Film Festival (LCIFF) is inviting you to join the 2022 “Reimagining Borders” 48-Hour Film Challenge.

LCIFF is joining with the Southwest & Border Cultures Institute and New Mexico State University’s Creative Media Institute to offer the challenge.

Filmmakers from Las Cruces, El Paso and Juarez are welcome and encouraged to participate in the challenge, which is encouraging competitors to “transcend borders, overcome limitations and reimagine how we make films in 2022,” LCIFF said in a news release

Challenge dates are Friday-Sunday, Feb. 25-27.

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The entry fee is $10. Scholarships are available. Filmmakers from Juarez should contact Kyle Ivy at for payment instructions.

Prizes are $400 for first place, $250 for second, $100 for third, $100 for the winner of the audience award and $100 for the winner of the under 18 teams audience award.

Participants must attend the challenge’s kickoff safety meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25 at Salud de Mesilla, 1800 Avenida de Mesilla, and then will have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film. The completed film (challenge entry) must be delivered on a flash drive (that you provide) to Kyle Ivy outside Milton Hall, located on McFie Circle on the NMSU campus, by 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 27.

There will be a simultaneous online kickoff event in Spanish. Films from Mexico must be submitted online with the same Feb. 27 deadline, with a second identical version of the film, subtitled in English, uploaded by 9 p.m. Feb. 27. Email Kyle Ivy for instructions at

Filmmaking teams of all sizes and ages are welcome to participate in the challenge.

All films successfully completed for the challenge, with filmmakers following all challenge rules, will screen at the 2022 LCIFF 4-6 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Allen Theaters Cineport 10. Films created by filmmakers under 18 years old will be screened at 2 p.m. March 6.

Winners will be announced at the LCIFF award ceremony at 7 p.m. March 5 at Rio Grande Theatre, 211 N. Main St.

For more information, contact Ivy at 575-642-5323, LCIFF, Jenn Garcia at 575-973-8999 and Ilana Lapid at 575- 646-5652. The email address is