Festival Calendar

International Women* Film Festival Dortmund + Cologne

Internationales Frauenfilmfestival Dortmund | Köln e.V.
c/o Kulturbüro Stadt Dortmund
Küpferstr. 3
44122 Dortmund
phone +49-231-5 02 51 62
fax +49-231-5 02 57 34
email: info@frauenfilmfestival.eu

Festival Director
Maxa Zoller

Managing Director
Christina Essenberger

Year of Foundation 2006

Event Date from 29 March 2022 till 03 April 2022

Event Date

in Cologne (2022), Dortmund (2023), Germany

International Competition

Sections Cologne (2022):
International Debut Feature Fiction Competition, National Competition for Women Directors of Photography, Panorama (current international film productions), Desired! - Queer Cinema (latest LBTI*/queer film productions), Spot on NRW, Program for Kids and Young Adults, Country Focus, Workshops, Discussions

Dortmund (2023, tbc):
International Feature Film Competition, Panorama, Desired! - Queer Cinema (latest LBTI*/queer film productions), Educational Programs

Category Feature, Documentary, Short, First Feature

Terms of Entry Cologne (2022):
films completed after 1 March 2020, only women directors, all lengths, all genres;
Debut Feature Fiction Competition: debut or graduation films, longer than 65 min, max. one participation in a competition in Germany, only films available on DCP or the original digital shooting format may be submitted
DoP Competition: graduation films/films from the first two years of freelance work, DCP, 35mm, Bluray, submission only by suggestion of filmschools or colleague cinematographers, all lengths/genres, completed after January 2020
Panorama/Queer: all genres and lengths completed after 1 November 2020
Film Education: films of all lengths for children and young people

Dortmund (2021):
feature competition: only films intended for commercial distribution (no filmschool, graduation or debut films), no prior participation in competition at a German festival (exception: A-Festivals), completed after 1 April 2019, 65 min or longer;
Panorama: documentary and experimental films, 60 min and longer, completed after 1 Nov. 2019;
Queer Cinema: LGBTIQ*, all lengths and genres, completed after 1 Nov. 2019
educational program: films for children and youth, all lengths, completed after 1 April 2019

Genre Women, LGBT


Format DCP

Registration Deadline Panorama/Children & Youth/Queer: 2 November 2021
Debut Feature Competition: 5 December 2021
Women DoP Competition: 15 December 2021

Fees none

Participants of the Film Industry 100-150 representatives of non-profit organizations; some buyers of TV stations/slots dedicated to women

Prizes/Awards Dortmund:
International Feature Film Award (Euro 15,000)
Dortmund Documentary Film Award (Lifetime Achievement, Euro 10,000)
Audience Award (Euro 1,000)

International Debut Fiction Feature Film Award (Euro 10,000)
National Directors of Photography Award (Euro 5,000)
Audience Award (Euro 1,000)
Shoot - Award for Female Artists of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne (Euro 1,000)
ECFA Short Film Award

Media Coverage about 100 journalists; mostly regional coverage

Evaluation The Women's Film Festival Dortmund | Cologne was founded in 2006 as merger of the biennial festivals Feminale Cologne (founded in 1984), and Femme Totale Dortmund (founded in 1987). Since then, the festival has been alternating between the two cities. After Créteil, the festival is one of the most prestigious events dedicated to women's films. It has an excellent reputation outside of Germany, reflected again and again by visits from prominent guests and a strong program of films. The clear thematic limitation results in a highly-concentrated target group audience and corresponding industry representatives from film, television and the press, and cultural associations involved in this field.

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