International Feature Film Competition

The Dortmund Feature Film Competition features some of the best films from around the world. It showcases the latest productions from highly-renowned women directors. Notable grandes dames of the film industry such as Agnieszka Holland, Andrea Arnold and Sally Potter line up against younger stars such as Maren Ade, Athina Rachel Tsangari and Teona Strugar Mitevska.

Dortmund will host the award for best feature film woman director for the ninth time this year. Eight new international feature films will compete for the winning prize of €15,000. The prize money is split between the director (€5,000) and the German distributor (€10,000) to promote distribution of the films in Germany.
The prize will be awarded by the international jury at the special award ceremony.


Winners of this Festival award from previous years are:
2019: Teona Strugar Mitevska for God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya (MK/BE/SI/HR/FR 2019)
2017: Delphine and Muriel Coulin for Voir Du Pays (FR 2016)
2015: Naomi Kawase for Still The Water (JP/ES/FR 2014)
2013: Małgorzata Szumowska for In The Name Of… (PL 2012)
2011: Athina Rachel Tsangari for Attenberg (GR 2010)
2009: Maren Ade for Everyone Else (DE 2009)
2007: Andrea Arnold for Red Road (UK 2006)
2005: Keren Yedaya for Or (My Treasure) (IL 2004)


Elma Tataragić

Born 1976 in Sarajevo. Tataragić is a screenwriter, director, producer and film curator. She has a PhD in film and literature. Her extensive filmography includes the multi-award winning feature films Snow (screenplay, production) and God Exists, Her Name Is Petrunya screenplay), which won the IFFF Dortmund+Köln main award in 2019. Tataragić has worked for the Sarajevo Film Festival since 1995, and is now curator for its Competition programme. She is President of the Association of Filmmakers of Bosnia and Herzegovina and also its European Film Promotion (EFP) representative. She has been teaching screenwriting at Sarajevo Academy of Performing Arts since 2002, now as a professor and vice dean coordinator for international cooperation. She is currently working on three feature films as well as a short film.

Marga Almirall Rotés

Marga Almirall Rotés holds a Bachelor in audiovisual communication and a postgraduate diploma in audiovisual editing, and has further training in film theory and criticism. Since 2015, she has been the co-director of content for Drac Màgic, where she develops film literacy projects (Construir Mirades), is co-responsible for the content of children’s film distributor Pack Màgic and programmer for the Barcelona International Women’s Film Festival (Mostra Internacional de Films de Dones de Barcelona).

Monika Treut

Monika Treut has been working with the medium of film for over 30 years. Her work does not concentrate one on particular genre: she produces documentary and experimental films but also fiction. She founded her own production company Hyena Films in partnership with Elfi Mikesch in 1984. In the same year, she completed her PhD thesis on images of women in de Sade and Sacher-Masoch at Philipps-Universität Marburg. The book was published by Stroemfeld/roter Stern, which is known for its feminist film articles. Monika Treut has received numerous awards for her work, including the Special TEDDY Award for her lifework from the Berlinale in 2017 and in the same year an Honorary Award from the TLVFest (Tel Aviv International LGBT Festival).

Films by Monika Treut

Zona Norte 2016 | Von Mädchen und Pferden 2014 | Das Rohe und das Gekochte 2012 | Ghosted 2009 | Den Tigerfrauen wachsen Flügel 2005 | Kriegerin des Lichts 2002 | Gendernauts 1999 | My Father Is Coming 1991 | Die Jungfrauenmaschine 1988 | Verführung: Die grausame Frau 1985


Paz Fábrega

Feature Film

Luisa is an architect, but in her spare time also teaches art classes to children and teenagers. One day she […]

Bandar Band

Manijeh Hekmat

Feature Film

Three young musicians from an Iranian province want to enter a competition in Tehran. It could be just the chance […]


Françoise Ellong

Feature Film

At Ndewa’s suggestion, four childhood friends meet up after the funeral of their former orphanage director. At 39, Ndewa is […]

One in a Thousand

Clarisa Navas

Feature Film

Iris is 17 years old. Expelled from school, she spends her days in the streets of the »Las Mil« social […]

Petite Maman

Céline Sciamma

Feature Film

PLEASE NOTE: Petite Maman runs only on June 18 at 8 p.m. at Schauburg Dortmund. You can’t buy tickets online. […]

Quo Vadis, Aida?

Jasmila Žbanić

BA / AT / RO / DE / NL / PL / FR / NO
Feature Film

PLEASE NOTE: Quo vadis, Aida? runs only on June 16 at 8 p.m. at Schauburg Dortmund. You can’t buy tickets […]

EG / TN / DE
Feature Film

Souad, a young student from the city of Mansoura in the northern Nile Delta between Alexandria and Cairo, is looking […]

The Man Who Sold His Skin

Kaouther Ben Hania

TN / FR / BE / SE / DE
Feature Film

PLEASE NOTE: The Man Who Sold His Skin runs only on June 20 at 6 p.m. at Schauburg Dortmund. You […]