National Competition for Women Directors of Photography

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.

For almost ten years the Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film Festival presents an award for the director of photography – a unique award world-wide. For working with a camera and with light is not just an image recording routine but an active co-design process which demands interaction with the other jobs of set design, costume, make-up and location management. Even the actual decision as to specific film material, the use of filters or a special digital technique not only influence the final look of a film, it also contributes to the meaning of the image. Shot size, framing, camera position and camera movement all make up the narrative of the film. It is in this way that, following consultation between the Director of Photography and the film director, the image itself can take on a narrative instance of its own right.

The National Director of Photography Award was founded in 2001 in Dortmund and has moved to Cologne in 2012. The Dortmund | Cologne International Women's Film has always sought close realtions with the film academies of NRW; when the DoP department in Dortmund closed the training shifted to Cologne to the ifs – internationale filmschule köln and KHM – Kunsthochschule für Medien.

The National Director of Photography Award is endowed with prize money of  €5,000. It is presented by a jury of international DoPs biannually in Cologne.

We accept films of all lengths and genres (diploma films and films of the first two years after completion of studies) made by women Directors of Photography who live and work in Germany respectively finished their studies in Germany.

 

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