International Feature Film Competition & Dortmund Documentary Film Award

Over the last twenty years, 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 see a woman in the Director's Chair.

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 International Debut Feature Film Competition is held in Cologne for younger talented filmmakers whereas the International Feature Film Competition takes place in Dortmund for women film directors who can look back on a longer period of creativity.

The biannial Dortmund Honorary Documentary Film Award is honouring the oeuvre of an European documentary film-maker.

The Audience Award is awarded to a festival film at least sixty minutes in length and produced in 2011, 2012 or 2013.

The National Competition for Women Directors of Photography (biennial in Cologne) is aimed at the next generation of camera women at German film colleges.