The 5th Femme Filmmakers Festival is about to kick off.

The ten day virtual film festival is run by and will open its doors on Friday 28th August, before bidding farewell to what we hope will be a hugely successful event on Sunday 6th September. There will be reviews, interviews, podcasts, as well as a community of film-lovers out there watching and talking about these films together.

UK, August 27th, 2020. The 5th Femme Filmmakers Festival sees the opportunities to help honour these talented women behind the camera by showcasing their work. An incredible mix is represented in the 35 shorts films – including three ladies returning to the festival. 

Julia Bales brings Uproot to the event following her entry Golf last year. El Mago Georges sees Katalin Egely return whose Land Without Evil won four prizes in 2018. And the Best Director winner of the same year for AriaMyrsini Aristidou showcases an earlier short film with Semele.

The short filmmakers demonstrate a great international flavour. Troubled Water director Elena Wiener hails from Germany, Welcome Home maker Armita Keyaniresides in Norway and Diane Keaton helmer Georgia Michailidi is from Greece. Find me Mother and The Story of Painted Songs marks two entries for Indian filmmaker Suchana SahaThe Pregnant Ground sees China represented with Haolu Wang. And the mighty Canada has three films in competition with Girl in the Hallway by Valerie BarnhartHearth by Sophie B. Jacques and Just Me and You by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers.

Friends of Filmotomy have also kindly submitted their latest short film efforts, with The Clawford Trilogy from Caz Armstrong and In a Hole from Sarah Louise DeanThe Get, Shelter in Place and The Gray Area marks an unrivalled three films making the line-up for director Kelsie Moore. There are also exclusive opportunities to watch shorts by Meagan Adele Lopez (Raging Cult), Ragini Bhasin (Ghazaal), Lulu Wang (Touch) and Olivia Wilde (Wake Up).

We also encourage you to watch these 24 carefully curated feature films. Even if you have visited them before. The dearly departed Lynn Shelton has Your Sister’s Sister, while also not long left us, Vagabond by Agnès Varda and No Home Movie by Chantal Akerman provide the festival with a poignant first day.

If you’re looking for the more older films, then there is The Bigamist by Ida Lupino (2018’s poster girl), A New Leaf by Elaine MayDaisies by Věra Chytilová and The Seduction of Mimi by Lina Wertmüller. There’s also a few of the very current crop to savour – The Edge of Democracy from Petra CostaSystem Crasher from Nora Fingscheidt and The Assistant from Kitty Green to name just three.

And those of you looking eager to to enjoy films from favourites like Sally Potter (Orlando), Sofia Coppola (Marie Antoinette) or Céline Sciamma (Water Lilies), then look no further. The festival closes on the Sunday evening with the 2015 French / Turkish film Mustang, directed and co-written by Deniz Gamze Ergüven, who features on our 2020 poster.


Robin Write Editor-in-chief,

Melanie Belmonte General Delegate  Femme Filmmakers Festival