International Feature Film Award, National Directors of Photography 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 and women directors of photography.

On an alternating biennial basis, then, the International Best 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 Audience Prize is awarded to a festival film at least sixty minutes in length and produced in 2009, 2010 or 2011.

The National Directors of Photography Award is aimed at the next generation of camerawomen at German film colleges.