National Competition for Women Directors of Photography

National Competition for Women Directors of Photography

The competition for young up-and-coming directors of photography is the only one of its kind in the world and recognises young female cinematographers in the feature film and documentary film categories. The prizes are being awarded for the 13th time.

The list of 18 nominations in the German Cinematography Award 2024, for which not a single woman was selected from 449 submissions, clearly shows how important our competition is. In the German film industry, the demand for equal rights still seems to be far from being realised. It is therefore particularly important to encourage and support young women in particular. The aim of the competition is to make the work of cinematographers visible, to promote it and to increase the number of women in this central technical and creative film industry.

The winning films by these talented cinematographers offer us new insights thanks to their bold approach, unconventional visual concepts, exploration of boundaries between genres and a documentary sensibility for those special moments. The honourable mention goes to a female artist whose visual language is anything but sober or removed, and whose film steers between hope and protest in terms of its content.

The festival is delighted to have gained the film technology distributors CineOne and sPOTTlight from Dortmund as prize sponsors for the competition for the first time. The two companies are jointly sponsoring the two awards, each endowed with 2,500 euros.


2022: Roxana Reiss Fence, Constanze Schmitt Mayor, Shepherd, Widow, Dragon
2020: Sabine Panossian Off Season, Doro Götz Lost in Face
2018: Paola Calvo Violently Happy, Marie Zahir Wie ich mich verlor
2016: Julia Hönemann Porn Punk Poetry, Katharina Diessner Arlette – Mut ist ein Muskel
2014: Christiane Schmidt The Forest is Like the Mountains, Bine Jankowski Rebecca
2012: Julia Daschner Bergig, Eva Katharina Bühler Der weiße Schatz und die Salzarbeiter von Caquena
2011: Eva Maschke Frauenzimmer, Hanne Klaas Ole
2009: Marlen Schlawin Badetag, Susanne Kurz 1,2,3, Anne Misselwitz Der Die Das
2007: Ute Freund Du hast gesagt, dass du mich liebst
2005: Bernadette Paassen In den Schubladen
2003: Janne Busse Klassenfahrt
2001: Jutta Pohlmann England


Yoliswa von Dallwitz

Yoliswa von Dallwitz (born 1975) studied Fine Art Photography and History of Arts for two years at Rhodes University in Grahamstown, South Africa. She subsequently worked on various South African and German film and television productions. Between 1999 and 2005, she studied at Film University Babelsberg in Potsdam, graduating with a degree in cinematography. She has been a member of the European Film Academy and the German Film Academy since 2013. Since 2014 she has been teaching at Film University Babelsberg in Potsdam, and since 2016 at the University of Malta. Her work as a cinematographer includes numerous international feature and documentary films.

Antonia Kilian

Antonia Kilian (born 1986) is a director, cinematographer and producer of feature films and documentary films and is based in Kassel and Berlin. She studied Visual Communication and Art and Media at the Berlin University of the Arts, and Cinematography at the Film University Babelsberg and at the ISA in Havana, Cuba. Her directorial debut, The Other Side of the River, won her many awards as well as an Honourable Mention from the jury for the National Competition for Women Directors of Photography at IFFF 2022. Her production company, Pink Shadow Films, is based in Kassel, Germany, and received the Talent Package Funding for newcomers from Hessenfilm for the development of three new projects.

Agnesh Pakozdi

Agnesh Pakozdi (geb. 1983) studierte Filmtheorie in Budapest, Mediengestaltung an der Universität der Künste in Berlin und Bildgestaltung an der Deutschen Film- und Fernsehakademie dffb Berlin. Im Jahre 2015 folgte ein Stipendium für eine Fortbildung am Global Cinematography Institute in Los Angeles. Was sie bewegt, sind gesellschaftlich relevante Themen, eine politische Haltung, das kreative Spiel mit Humor und die innovative Suche nach der Verbindung zwischen Form und Inhalt. Ihre Werke wurden mehrfach ausgezeichnet. Sie gibt ihr Wissen gerne in Workshops für und mit Kolleg*innen weiter.

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