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Dortmund’s International Feature Film Competition for Women Directors Announced Participants

Dortmund's International Feature Film Competition for Women Directors Announced Participants


This year at the International Women’s Film Festival in Dortmund, the RWE Film Award is being conferred for a sixth time on a feature film director.

With the prize money totalling €15,000, eight feature films have been entered – all made by women directors who can look back on a long and notable
career of film-making.

Including works from Poland, Colombia, Japan and Iran, the spectrum ranges from a Balkan comedy to a radical docufiction drama about cancer and thus
celebrates a wealth of film creativity that could hardly be more diverse. Four of the films to be screened in Dortmund are receiving their German premieres.

The award will be decided by an international jury: Kate Kinninmont, Chair of Women in Film
& Television UK and the film director and festival manager Amal Ramsis, who comes from Egypt,
confirmed their participation yet.

The prize money is to be divided between the director (€5,000) and the German distributing company (€10,000) to help promote the theatrical release of the
winning film in Germany.

Silke Räbiger, Festival Director of the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival said, “In recent times, there’s been a lot of movement come into the issue of
gender equality in the movie business – with the Dortmund | Cologne festival having played no small part. After all, it is one of the most active women’s
film festivals around the world in terms of initiating networks and debates.”

Carl Ernst Giesting, CEO of RWE Vertrieb AG, a power company added, The International Women’s Film Festival is an inseparable part of the cultural life of the city. RWE Vertrieb AG is pleased once again to support this future-oriented project for the entire region.”


Birgit Jörder, Mayor and Festival Patron: “Here we get to see the entire gamut of female film-making creativity while also giving career starters an opportunity to come and see their role
models.”

The participating films are

-“Body
by Małgorzata Szumowska (PL),
-“Eden” by Mia Hansen-Løve (F),
-“Ella” by Libia Stella Gomez (COL),
-“Frailer“by
Mijke de Jong (NL),
-“Still the Water” by Naomi Kawase (JP/F/ES),

-“Love Island
by Jasmila Žbanić (HR/B|H/D/CH),
-“Bad Hair” by Mariana Rondón (VEN),
-“Red Rose” by Sepideh Farsi (IR/GR/F).

All films also compete for the audience award sponsored by trailer ruhr magazine.

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