Dortmund-Cologne Women’s Film Festival

Dortmund-Cologne International Women’s Film Festival

Welcome to the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival

From 8 – 13 April the 31st edition of the Dortmund | Cologne IWFF takes place, this year with it’s main programme in the city of Cologne.

A total of 106 films from 37 countries will be screened and more than 60 international filmmakers are going to present there films in Cologne. The festival sections are: International Debut-Feature Film Competition (Award: 10.000 Euro); National Competition for Directors of Photography (Award: 5.000 Euro); Fokus: Turkey; desired! film lust & queer; Panorama; Film Education and many Specials. The festival is also pleased to be putting on a number of events that go beyond what a normal visit to the cinema has to offer. Events intended to spark a critical response to the medium of film via a number of formats – panel discussions, talks and workshops for cinema aficinados and film-makers alike. Everbody is welcome!
Information about the program, venues and tickets on

Over the last twenty years, women have increasingly come to occupy a good number of creative and responsible posts in all fields of film production. However, the old rule of thumb still applies: the higher the budget and the higher the financial risk associated with the production the less frequently you will see a woman in the Director’s Chair.

It is for this reason that the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival runs different competitions to highlight the work of women film directors and women directors of photography.

On an alternating biennial basis, then, the International Debut Feature Film Competition is held in Cologne for younger talented filmmakers whereas the International Feature Film Competition takes place in Dortmund for women film directors who can look back on a longer period of creativity.

The Audience Prize is awarded to a festival film at least sixty minutes in length and produced in 2010, 2011 or 2012.

The National Competition for Women Directors of Photography is aimed at the next generation of camerawomen at German film colleges.

All the information here