“You Cannot Be Serious – A Discussion on the Status of Women Directors”

At this year’s 63. Berlin International Film Festival (07 – 17 February 2013), the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival and the Athena Film Festival in NY will be calling on national and international representatives from film festivals, networks and the film business to raise further awareness of the issue in the media and to draw up an international agenda that will ensure sustainable progress and ultimately lead to gender equality for women directors in the industry.

"You Cannes Not Be Serious" was the cry of the first international protest in 2010 for a fairer representation of women in the main competition section at Cannes. We are raising our voices in protest in hopes that in future this will never happen again. We are watching. We will not be silent. And indeed the women are not remaining quiet. In 2012, the Cannes Film Festival again became the focus of worldwide criticism for repeatedly disregarding women film directors and their work – a characteristic shared by other top-tier festivals. Only once during the entire history of the festival has the Palme d’Or been awarded to a female director, in 1993, to Jane Campion (she shared the award that year with Chen Kaige.) To date, only four women have picked up first prize at the Berlin and Venice competitions, and only Kathryn Bigelow has won an Academy Award for Best Director.

Despite these sobering statistics, the organizers of the panel discussion are as convinced as ever that films made by women meet the international standards as defined by the big-name festivals. During the Women's Film Festival held 2012 in Cologne, a number of women's film festivals, women's film networks and organizations joined forces to create the International Women's Film Festival Network (IWFFN).

You find further information in our press release.


“You Cannot Be Serious – A Discussion on the Status of Women Directors”

Date: Friday, 15th of February 2013, 11 a.m.

Venue: Representation of North Rhine Westphalia, Hiroshimastraße 12 - 16
; 10785 Berlin - Tiergarten


We cordially invite you and hope you will join us in this conversation.

For more information and invitation, please contact:

For press information and interview inquiries, please contact:

Silke Lehmann (Greenhouse PR) +49 178 525 9874

Stefanie Görtz (Dortmund | Cologne IWFF) +49 231 5025490, +49 170 2037198

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