Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsNews41st Internationales Frauen Film Fest Dortmund+Cologne from 16 – 21 April in Cologne

41st Internationales Frauen Film Fest Dortmund+Cologne from 16 – 21 April in Cologne

The Internationales  Frauen Film Fest Dortmund+Cologne begins on Tuesday, 16 April. The festival, which is supported by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, will be presenting an extremely diverse and international programme with 95 films from 40 countries. The thematic focus on "Rage & Horror" traces images and stories of female rage and feminist horror, with the Filmstiftung-backed feature film "Tiger Stripes" by Amanda Nell Eu also selected for this section. The production from Malaysia was co-produced by Cologne-based Weydemann Bros. and awarded the Semaine de la Critique’s Grand Prix on its world premiere in Cannes in 2023.

One of the ten selected queer films in the "Desired! – film lust & queer" series is the Filmstiftung-backed documentary musical "Reas" by Lola Arias. The film follows women and trans* people who have served prison sentences in the Ezeiza women’s prison in Buenos Aires as they reconstruct scenes from their past and stage a possible future. The production by Cologne-based Sutor Kolonko had its world premiere at this year’s Berlinale.

The festival takes place annually, alternating between the cities of Dortmund and Cologne, and is being held this year in Cologne, with some of the films also set to be shown at Dortmund’s Schauburg cinema. The German competition entry "Elbow" by Aslı Özarslan will open the festival. Elsewhere in the festival programme, the "Panorama" section will be screening eight documentaries and experimental films.

The festival will close with the awarding of five prizes with purses totalling 17,000 Euros, including the International Debut Feature Film Award, the world’s only prize for young up-and-coming women directors of photography and the SHOOT Emerging Female Artists Prize at the KHM.

The Internationales Frauen Film Fest Dortmund+Cologne is one of the internationally most prestigious festivals for women working in the film industry. For more than 40 years, the festival has made an important contribution to the visibility of the artistic and economic importance of women in the film and cinema industry. The Filmstiftung NRW has supported the IFFF Dortmund+Cologne for many years and is very happy to be one of its partners.

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