2015 Award Ceremony
Photo: Julia Reschucha

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 find a woman with executive functions.

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.

On an alternating biennial basis, then, the RWE Film Award is given in Dortmund for women directors who can look back on a longer period of creativity.

Also on an alternating biennial basis, the International Debut Feature Film Competition for younger talented filmmakers and the National Competition for Women Directors, aiming at the next generation of camera women at German film colleges, are held in Cologne.

The Audience Award is awarded to a festival film at least sixty minutes in length and produced after April 2013.