National Competition for Women Directors of Photography

Lost in Face (D: Valentin Riedl, DoP: Doro Götz)

Taking place for the 11th time, the National Competition for Women Directors of Photography showcases camerawork by women. Cinematographer, camera technician, Director of Photography – three terms for the one person who with her ‘camera I/eye’ fixes a moment, a scene for eternity on the screen.

This unique young talent award honours the best cinematographic work in the fields of feature and documentary film and is presented to graduation films and films produced in the first two years after graduation. Launched in 2001, the prize supports the work of young women directors of photography, validating and encouraging women to continue along their chosen path in a field of work that is still very much dominated by men.

This year's jury is made up of well-known directors of photography Ute Freund, who won the Director of Photography Award for Du hast gesagt, dass du mich liebst by Rudolf Thome in 2007 and the German Camera Award in 2016, and Beate Middeke, who taught artistic cinematography at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne from 2013 to 2019 and has received multiple awards for her films. The third member of the jury is Paola Calvo, who won the Director of Photography Award in 2018.

From all the submissions, the jury selected the following two prize-winners:

The Director of Photography Award for a documentary film (worth € 2,500 €) goes to Doro Götz for her film Lost in Face (directed by Valentin Riedl).

The Director of Photography Award for a feature film (worth € 2,500 €) goes to Sabine Panossian for her film Off Season (directed by Henning Beckhoff).

Previous award winners:
2018: Paola Calvo VIOLENTLY HAPPY & Marie Zahir WIE ICH MICH VERLOR
2016: Julia Hönemann PORN PUNK POETRY & Katharina Dießner ARLETTE - MUT IST EIN MUSKEL
2014: Christiane Schmidt THE FOREST IS LIKE THE MOUNTAINS & Bine Jankowski REBECCA
2012: Julia Daschner BERGIG & Eva Katharina Bühler DER WEISSE SCHATZ UND DIE SALZARBEITER VON CAQUENA
2011: Eva Maschke FRAUENZIMMER & Hanne Klaas OLE
2009: Marlen Schlawin BADETAG & Susanne Kurz 1,2,3 & Anne Misselwitz DER DIE DAS
2007: Ute Freund Du hast gesagt, dass du mich liebst
2005: Bernadette Paassen In den Schubladen
2003: Janne Busse Klassenfahrt
2001: Jutta Pohlmann England