The International Women’s Film Festival in Dortmund/Cologne has announced the eight finalists vying for the €15,000 RWE Film Award.
The filmmakers in competition — all women directors with a long and notable oeuvre — hail from three continents. No North American helmer made the cut. The prize money is to be divided between the director (€5,000) and the film’s German distributor (€10,000) to help promote the film’s release in Germany.
Here are the RWE Film Awards’ eight finalists:
BODY by Małgorzata Szumowska (Poland)
EDEN by Mia Hansen-Løve (France)
ELLA by Libia Stella Gomez (Columbia)
FRAILER by Mijke de Jong (Netherlands)
FUTATSUME NO MADO/Still the Water by Naomi Kawase (Japan/France/Spain)
LOVE ISLAND by Jasmila Žbanić (Croatia/Bosnia & Herzegovina/Germany/Switzerland)
PELO MALO/Bad Hair by Mariana Rondón (Venezuela/Peru/Germany)
RED ROSE by Sepideh Farsi (France/Iran/Greece)