EXCESS! Dortmund | Cologne IWFF Announces the Thematic Programme 2013

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by Sydney Levine
February 5, 2013 3:30 PM
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Greetings from Berlin!  Here too women are on the move.   Women in Film and Television are hosting a panel on women in the media during the Berlinale.   Several women's film festivals from around the world are coming together to convene a meeting at the Berlin Film Festival to discuss the status of women directors.

Dortmund Frauen Festival in Dortmund Germany writes that over the last several years, there has been a growing cry in many corners of the world about the continuing lack of representation of women directors at top-tier film festivals and international award ceremonies. (Excepting Sundance this year where 50% of the directors in Competition were women).  You probably don’t need reminding that the Cannes Film Festival 2012 again became the focus of worldwide criticism for repeatedly disregarding women film directors and their work – a characteristic shared by other major festivals. Only once during the entire history of the festival has the Palme d’Or been awarded to a female director – in 1993, in fact, to Jane Campion who shared the award that year with Chen Kaige. To date, only four women have picked up first prize at the Berlin and Venice competitions, and the only woman to win an Academy Award for Best Director was Kathryn Bigelow two years ago.
 

Despite these discouraging statistics, they remain convinced that films made by women meet the international standards as defined by the big-name festivals. At the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in 2013, the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival and the Athena Film Festival in NY (Women and Hollywood)  – along with colleagues from the newly created International Women's Film Festival Network (IWFFN), the European Women’s Audiovisual network (EWA), Mujeres Iberoamericanas de Cine y Medios Audiovisuales (MICA) and others – are convening A Discussion on the Status of Women Directors where they will be calling on international representatives from film festivals, networks and the film business to raise further awareness of the issue in the media and to draw up an international agenda that will ensure sustainable progress and ultimately lead to gender equity for women directors in the industry.

They hope that women working in the film industry become aware of this issue and that all of us can make a contribution to reducing the present imbalance. Firmly believing that in the future women in the film industry will make greater advances, the aim they are so greatly committed to.

Never before have women’s films festivals and supporters of a more equitable playing field for women-directed work joined together to raise our voices in unison and address this problem. The goal of achieving equal opportunities for women throughout the film industry must remain a vision until a fair and properly balanced proportion is achieved.

This issue has gone unaddressed for far too long and now suffers from the lack of visions for women as part of the larger cultural conversation.  Join with them and lend your name to this ground-breaking effort.


EXCESS 

Foto: Julia Christe

Wicked women, self-optimisation and billionaires unleashed  – the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festiva
presents its main programme on the subject of EXCESS, April 9 - 14th, 2013 in Dortmund

On 9 April, this year's edition of the Dortmund | Cologne IWFF begins. The 6-day cultural event in Dortmund/Germany, marked by an extensive thematic film programme, which this year, under the title EXCESS, is presenting films by women directors from the entire realm of film history.

Excess everywhere you look: dramatic facts and figures about global, economic, ecological and social crises have become commonplace. The largest possible exploitation of resources, the accelerated technological transformation in all sectors of the economy and the all-encompassing digitalisation of daily life create new structures, ever faster. In this neoliberal climate, the maximum productive, flexible and always free-spending person is propagated, along with a high degree of self-optimisation. This is also the case for women, perhaps especially so.

Reason enough to place the focus in 2013 on excess, and to bring up current and historical films by women for discussion in their film-aesthetic and artistic context, but also in terms of their social relevance. In the light of film history, already tried-and-tested artistic strategies are linked to current positions. The spectrum ranges here from the early silent movie, via rarities from the 60s and 80s, from the avantgarde and feature film, to the award-winning documentations. Various aspects of this focus on EXCESS will be examined here.

Second Dortmund honorary documentary film award for Heddy Honigmann

Heddy Honigmann
The Dortmund honorary documentary film award goes to Dutch film-maker Heddy Honigmann. She is being awarded the prize, endowed with 10,000 euros and funded by the Sparkasse Dortmund, for her accomplishments in European documentary film.

The Dortmund honorary documentary film award was established in 2011 to mark the 20-year anniversary of the cooperation between the Sparkasse Dortmund and the Dortmund | Cologne IWFF. In the selection of the prize, awarded every two years in Dortmund, European women documentary film-makers are considered who are permanently established in this field and who have made an outstanding contribution to the formal language of the genre and to the discussion on film of the social issues of our time.

Deadline for accreditation is March 29th!

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