The “Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin” celebrates its premiere in the middle of June

The Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin will take place for the first time from June 13-17 in the heart of Berlin. The audience is going to see a big, international selection of feature films, short films and music video of all genres. The goal is to give female filmmakers a new platform to present their films to a live audience and to empower women who work in film. Altogether there will be 58 films to choose from- from 38 different countries! In other words, there is something for absolutely everyone! All films will be screened in their original version in Germany’s oldest cinema “Kino Moviemento” with English subtitles!

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Here are some highlights of the festival:

The documentary “Left on Pearl” about the women’s rights movement in the 1970’s in the USA, which will open the festival on Thursday, June 13th at 7pm in the presence of the director Susan Rivo. The short film program “Girls Interrupted” is also highly recommended as it presents a genre mix of shorts from all over the world, that have already been extremely successful at different festivals.

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For fans of unusual experimental films and music videos, Friday, 14th a 6pm should not be missed. Four extravagant films from Latvia, Denmark, Canada and the USA will be screened along with a fine selection of innovative music videos, including a world premiere.

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Another highlight this year are the “Spain & Ireland Special”.  On Friday, June 14th at 8pm two Spanish short films as well as an unconventional feature film will kick off a very Spanish night and one day after, on June 15th at 7.15pm three entertaining films straight from Ireland will be presented by their directors, who will be happy to answer all questions the audience might have.

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The German feature film “The Astronaut’s Bodies” can be recommended for the whole family on Sunday, June 15th at 5.15pm. The director will be present to tell the audience more about the production of this highly emotional family drama.

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It’s a know fact that film festivals offer the opportunity to travel around the world while never leaving the cinema. The FFFB offers a very exotic trip to South Africa with the feature film “The River Within” on June 15th at 9.30pm. Follow five very different women on their own, extremely personal adventure trip on the path to self-discovery.

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On Sunday, June 16th the festival starts a bit earlier already at 2.30pm with the experimental German documentary “Transmodernity”, which will surely spark some discussion. Crew and directors will be there to give more insights in the production and idea behind this thought-provoking film.

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When does one ever get the chance to get to know a country like Malaysia from a completely different perspective? On Sunday, June 16th at 7pm at Kino Moviemento “Goalposts & Lipsticks Vol. 2” will show us what moves the new generation of Malaysian teenagers.

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For all France enthusiasts the closing thriller “A Thousand Pieces” by Véronique Meriadec on Monday, June 17th in presence of the director herself, will be the crowning screening of the week.

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The diverse film program will be completed by a panel discussion on Virtual Reality & Gaming, led by two strong women who are very experienced and successful in these fields. Iulia Isserlis (“Another World VR”) and Masha Camino (“Womenize!”) will give advice on how to get started and of course recent trends and developments will be analyzed.

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After the festival regular virtual masterclasses on all aspects of film production and marketing will give people from around the world the opportunity to hone their skills even if they could not attend the festival in person this time.

“The Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin” is aiming to establish itself, not only as a popular live event to attend, but also as a platform for filmmakers to connect and educate themselves in different fields connected to their passion: making films.

Ticket pre-Sales have already started and all tickets can be purchased either on the Moviemento website or directly in the cinema.

The Festival is organised with the support of Kalifilm Productions, MacMahon Media and Jameson Whiskey.

The FFFB is going to open its new submission round on June, 17th 2019 - right after the last screening! All films can be submitted via Filmfreeway.

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Natalie MacMahon