Eight Films in Début Feature Film Competition

Heavy Craving (Dir: Pei-ju Hsieh)

Eight current feature films have been nominated for the International Début Feature Film Competition, which has 10,000 euros in prize money on offer. The films present us with strong female protagonists and recount stories of confidence and chaos, of fateful decisions and unexpected solidarity. In their portrayals of the struggle for independence and self-determination, they conjure up countless magical moments of hypnotic power. Five continents are represented in the competition, the individual countries being Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Kazakhstan, Morocco, Taiwan and Cyprus, including three German premières.

The films by the female directors in the Début Feature Film Competition are veritable seismographs when it comes to analysing our social contexts. They show where we are situated, both privately and politically. They are début creations that have an inherent courage to try things out, to play around, while at the same time displaying great visual power and narrative strength; many of the films have premièred at the major festivals such as Berlin, Cannes, Venice and Locarno.

On this year’s jury picking the winners are producer Claudia Steffen (CEO Pandora Film), actress Luise Wolfram (from the iconic German crime series »Tatort« Bremen, »Charité«, »Aenne Burda«) and curator Chen Huei-Yin (Women Make Waves Festival, Taiwan).

Nominated films:

THE FEVER (Directed: Maya Da-Rin, Brazil/France/Germany, 2019, 98’)

ADAM (Director: Maryam Touzani, Morocco/France 2019, 98’)

BABYTEETH (Director: Shannon Murphy, Australia 2019, 118’)

CLEO (Director: Eva Cools, Belgium 2019, 105’, German première)

HEAVY CRAVING (Director: Pei-ju Hsieh, Taiwan 2019, 90’, German première)

MARIAM (Director: Sharipa Urazbayeva, Kazakhstan/Germany 2019, 75’,

NAKED ANIMALS (Director: Melanie Waelde, Germany 2020, 83’)

PAUSE (Director: Tonia Mishiali, Cyprus/Greece 2018, 96’)

more information about the films, information about the jury

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