Girls’ Focus Workshop 2013

Girls’ Focus Workshop 2013

Eva-Maria Marx, Almut Schwacke



»… I saw some really super films, made by women, that boosted my confidence no end … « » … the Workshop was fantastic and the list of festivals very helpful – I am now 100% resolved to look for a career in film direction, plus which I have seen some wonderful films.«
– former participants

The Girls’ Focus Workshop at the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival offers young women over the age of sixteen an orientation weekend geared to job prospects in the film industry. In addition to providing a review of the participants’ own films, the Workshop facilitates encounters with women specialists from all walks of film life – such as direction, cinematography, screenplay, editing and sound design. It’s also an excellent chance to share experience of the films shown at the festival and, pivotally, take part in a theme-based practice day which makes for another perspective on the world of film. Looking at Sound is the title of the Eighth Girls’ Focus Workshop in which sound designer Almut Schwacke will be conveying the fundamentals of sound composition in film. The participants will then engage in exercises, both practical and theoretical, as to how best sound recordings can be combined with the images on film. This year’s Workshop is taking place in cooperation with RuhrSoundStudios Dortmund.


Eva-Maria Marx

Eva-Maria Marx works as a freelance media educationalist and journalist for such projects as Hören e.V., jfc Medienzentrum e.V. and the Grimme Institute, specialising in media education for children, young people and adults.

Almut Schwacke

Almut Schwacke has worked in the film and TV business since 2005. She co-designed the soundtrack to Anonyma – Eine Frau in Berlin but her favourite project entailed creating the sound to the animation film Im Reich der Schatten (In the Empire of Shadows) which can be seen and heard as a spatial installation at the Rhine State Museum in Trier with 15 beamers and 19 surround sound channels.

Films with Sounddesign by Almut Schwacke (Selection)
GOLD – Du kannst mehr als Du denkst 2013 | GZSZ 2012 | Weißer Amur 2011 | Monsters 2010 | Im Reich der Schatten 2010 | Same Same But Different 2009 | Pandorum 2009

Awards for Almut Schwacke
»Die Alchimistin« (Radioplay), Ohrkanus for Best Sounddesign, 2008 | »Im Reich der Schatten«, Silver World Medal, DDC Award, New York Festivals 2011