International Debut Feature Fiction Film Competition

Songs My Brothers Taught Me
Dir: Chloé Zhao, USA, 2015

Eight international debuts compete in this section for the prize of Best International Debut Feature Fiction Film, which comes endowed with €10,000. 

Over 100 works by women film-makers from all corners of the globe were viewed and sifted for the final stages of the Debut Feature Film Competition with its prize money of 10,000 EUR. The works nominated come from Bulgaria, Belgium, Germany, England, Ecuador, Israel, Hungary and the USA. This time round, the central theme for many of the directors is the challenging circumstances faced by the young protagonists.

Opening the festival on 19 April is the Israeli contribution SUFAT CHOL (SAND STORM) by Elite Zexer – about a Bedouin family living in Israel's Negev desert.

All the competition films are to be screened during the festival at the Odeon Cinema in Cologne.

The prize is awarded by a jury of three international specialists. Director and screenwriter Angelina Maccarone and producer Marilyn Watelet have already agreed to sit on the 2016 jury.

Previous award winners:
2014: Neus Ballús LA PLAGA (Spain)
2012: Belma Baş ZEFIR (Turkey)
2010: Susanna Nicchiarelli COSMONAUTA (Italy)
2008: Aurélia Georges L'HOMME QUI MARCHE (France)
2006: Claudia Llosa MADEINUSA (Peru)