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On the Jury for Femme Filmmakers Festival


What a thrill and honour it was to have been asked by Robin Write, Editor in Chief of Filmotomy, if I'd be on the Jury for this year's Femme Filmmakers Festival. A Festival dedicated to celebrating and showcasing the work of women filmmakers from around the world, both past and present, working on short and full-length films. What could be more perfect!


And what a wonderful treat it has been, I've watched some truly remarkable and innovative films. It's going to be tough to choose the winners. There are 20 short Films in competition plus a further 24 feature films and 15 short films. Bringing the total to 59 films directed by women – short and feature – being screened on-line over 10 days between Friday 28 August and Sunday 6 September 2020.


The films listed are grouped into three sections: with the short films broken into 15 Showcase Selection, 20 Competition Selection films and then the 24 Feature Films. Information in brackets indicates runtime and proposed time for live viewing.


Note: times are in BST (British Summer Time)



Day One – Friday 28 August Opening Film / Showcase Selection The Clawford Trilogy — Caz Armstrong (18 mins – 16:00)

Competition Selection El Mago Georges — Katalin Egely (4 mins – 16:45) Troubled Water — Elena Wiener (10 mins – 17:00) Feature Films Your Sister’s Sister — Lynn Shelton (90 mins – 17:30) Vagabond — Agnès Varda (105 mins – 19:45) - pictured No Home Movie — Chantal Akerman (120 mins – 21:45)


Day Two – Saturday 29 August Showcase Selection Another Place — Anna Radchenko, Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux (4 mins – 17:00) Fucking Down — Amanda Lago (5 mins – 17:15) Competition Selection Uproot — Julia Bales (10 mins – 17:30) The Get — Kelsie Moore (2 mins – 17:50) Stormchaser — Gretl Claggett (27 mins – 18:00) Feature Films The Bigamist — Ida Lupino (80 mins – 18:45) - pictured A New Leaf — Elaine May (100 mins – 20:30)


Day Three – Sunday 30 August Showcase Selection Softer — Ayanna Dozier (5 mins – 17:00) In a Hole — Sarah Louise Dean (5 mins – 17:15) Competition Selection Faulty Roots — Ella Greenwood (11 mins – 17:30) Find me Mother — Suchana Saha (4 mins – 18:00) Faith — Sahera Khan (6 mins – 18:15) Feature Films Adult Life Skills — Rachel Tunnard (95 mins – 18:45) But I’m a Cheerleader — Jamie Babbit (90 mins – 20:45) - pictured

Day Four – Monday 31 August Showcase Selection Raging Cult — Meagan Adele Lopez (17 mins – 17:00) Competition Selection The Pregnant Ground — Haolu Wang (24 mins – 17:30) Keep Mum — Luana Di Pasquale (16 mins – 18:15) Feature Films Cameraperson — Kirsten Johnson (105 mins – 18:45)

Old Enough — Marisa Silver (90 mins – 20:45)


Day Five – Tuesday 1 September Showcase Selection Diane Keaton — Georgia Michailidi (17 mins – 17:00) Competition Selection Shelter in Place — Kelsie Moore (15 mins – 17:30) Girl in the Hallway — Valerie Barnhart (10 mins – 18:00) Feature Films Orlando (pictured) — Sally Potter (95 mins – 18:30) Marie Antoinette — Sofia Coppola (125 mins – 20:30)

Day Six – Wednesday 2 September Showcase Selection Olympia — Giulia Achenza (12 mins – 17:00) Competition Selection Years — Danielle Schmidt (18 mins – 17:30) Hearth — Sophie B. Jacques (11 mins – 18:00) Feature Films Lourdes — Jessica Hausner (100 mins – 18:30) Three Poplars on Plyuschikha Street — Tatyana Lioznova (80 mins – 20:30)


Day Seven – Thursday 3 September Showcase Selection Concealer — Kristine Gerolaga (11 mins – 17:00) Competition Selection Home — Anita Bruvere (8 mins – 17:30) Just Me and You — Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers (22 mins – 18:00) Feature Films Little Woods — Nia DaCosta (105 mins – 18:45) Salaam Bombay! — Mira Nair (115 mins – 20:45) - pictured

Day Eight – Friday 4 September Showcase Selection Semele — Myrsini Aristidou (14 mins – 16:00) Competition Selection The Gray Area — Kelsie Moore (18 mins – 16:30) Welcome Home — Armita Keyani (16 mins – 17:00) Feature Films Afghan Star — Havana Marking (90 mins – 17:30) Radiance — Naomi Kawase (100 mins – 19:15) The Seduction of Mimi — Lina Wertmüller (125 mins – 21:15)

Day Nine – Saturday 5 September

Showcase Selection Circulation — Blanca Rego (5 mins – 15:00) Lockdown — Blanca Rego (22 mins – 15:15) Competition Selection The Story of Painted Songs — Suchana Saha (6 mins – 15:45) Long Time Listener, First Time Caller — Nora Kirkpatrick (17 mins – 16:00) Feature Films The Edge of Democracy — Petra Costa (120 mins – 16:45) System Crasher — Nora Fingscheidt (120 mins – 19:00) The Assistant — Kitty Green (90 mins – 21:15)


Day Ten – Sunday 6 September Showcase Selection Ghazaal — Ragini Bhasin (15 mins – 15:00) Touch — Lulu Wang (15 mins – 15:30) Wake Up — Olivia Wilde (10 mins – 16:00)

Competition Selection – Roll of Honour (45 mins – 16:30) Feature Films Daisies — Věra Chytilová (80 mins – 17:30) Water Lilies — Céline Sciamma (85 mins – 19:15) Mustang — Deniz Gamze Ergüven (100 mins – 21:00)

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