If you missed the first FINAL GIRLS FILM FESTIVAL in February, you may be surprised and excited to know that it is back and you can be a part of it! How? Read on for the details and get your film ready…
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival is dedicated to showcasing horror directed, written, and produced by women filmmakers from around the world. The festival is committed to carving out space for female visions in horror- whether it’s monstrous, heroic, or some messy combination of the two. We wish to highlight underrepresented voices and are excited to welcome works by queer, non-binary, and POC filmmakers.Final Girls Berlin Film Festival June Trailer from Final Girls Berlin on Vimeo.
“Women’s genre output is severely underrepresented in horror communities and we want to do our bit in changing that,” says festival programer Sara Neidorf. “Many believe that women who love genre films are a minority but that’s simply not true: women make up half or more of horror audiences, and it’s high time they have a chance to watch films that aren’t dominated by the male gaze or filled with one-dimensional, disposable female characters. It’s time to celebrate films that represent us, instead of objectify us,” says festival programer Eli Lewy.
“The first edition of the festival in February 2017 was positively exhilarating and this, along with the positive audience feedback we received, made us want to have another edition as quickly as humanly possible,” says festival programer Lara Mandelbrot. “We took a tiny break and are now ready to assault you with more female-driven horror offerings! The June edition will take place at Berlin’s oldest cinema, Moviemento. Expect 3 days filled with eerie art, riveting talks, informative panels, and lots of horror films made by women,” says Sara Neidorf.
We are still accepting submissions and invite you to submit your horror short or feature if you believe you fit our description. Our regular deadline is April 22nd and our late deadline is May 3rd, so don’t miss your chance!
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Our 1st edition was packed with diverse submissions like THE ITCHING, a bizarrely touching claymation film which premiered at Sundance, STATIC, a psycho thriller about an old man and his TV set, BEAUTIFUL EYES, a dark comedy about a morbid preteen surrounded by odious people, FLESH, an avante-garde, punk rock take on internalized racism, and THE EFILIST, a deeply disturbing philosophical film about the evils of natalism.
We also had some creeptastic feature films like DARK CIRCUS, a stylized occult flick directed by Berlin’s own Julia Ostertag, artist Cindy Sherman’s OFFICE KILLER, a decidedly kooky spin on the slasher with sublime character actress Carol Kane, and Lynne Ramsay’s WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT KEVIN, an unflinching look at the potential nightmares of motherhood.
Stay tuned for more updates from us in the future, including our program announcement, exciting guests, and rad merch info!
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