Film und Medien Stiftung NRWNewsPressInternationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln begins on 29 March, 2022

Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln begins on 29 March, 2022

  • 100 films from 35 countries in Cologne and Dortmund from 29 March to 3 April
  • Film programme available online until 10 April
  • Focus: the relationship between humans and natur

The Internationales Frauen* Film Fest Dortmund+Köln will open on Tuesday, 29 March. The festival, which is held alternately between the two cities, will be focused this year in Cologne as a physical event again. Individual films will also be shown at the Schauburg in Dortmund. In addition, a selection of the entire programme will be available for online streaming until 10 April. This year saw a total of 800 films being submitted, with 100 films from 35 countries now being presented in eight festival sections. This year’s festival focus "The Connection II – Films that Heal" casts a light on the relationship between humans and nature.

Sections and awards
Six prizes will be awarded in a total of eight sections, including € 10,000 for best film in the International Debut Feature Film Competition. The National Competition for Women Directors of Photography offers two awards for a feature film and documentary (each endowed with € 2,500). The Shoot – KHM & IFFF Dortmund+Köln Award for Female Artists of the KHM comes with prize money of € 1,000, the same amount being offered for the choices Audience Award. Other sections are: Panorama, Focus, Desired! – Filmlust & Queer, Spot On, NRW!, IFFF Revisited and other Specials. In addition, 19 films will be shown in the festival sidebar entitled "Programme for Kids and Young Adults". The ECFA Short Film Award has been presented here since 2020.

Two films supported by the Filmstiftung in the programme
The Filmstiftung-backed production "Vatersland" by Petra Seeger will be screened in the "Spot On, NRW!" section of the festival. The Coin Film production in co-production with FilmForm and Velvet Films and participation from the broadcaster WDR centres on Marie who becomes an orphan at the age of 10. She often feels misunderstood at home and in her boarding school and starts rebelling. In addition, the children’s film "Laura’s Star" by up-and-coming director Joya Thome will be presented in the "Film Programme for Kids and Young Adults". The production by Rothkirch Cartoon-Film, Westside Filmproduktion and Warner Bros. Film Productions Germany in co-production with Animationsfabrik had already premiered at the Filmfest München in 2021. The film is the first live-action adaptation of the popular children’s classic.

The Film- und Medienstiftung NRW is one of the IFFF’s long-standing sponsors. The other sponsors are the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of NRW, City of Cologne, City of Dortmund, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth and the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, NEUSTART KULTUR, Kulturstiftung der Länder and Kultur-Gemeinschaften.

Further information at

For more information: Film-und Medienstiftung, Tanja Güß, +49 211-93050-23,