Girls in Film+New Europe // film festival in Prague

“Girls in Film” will present first and second films of European female directors

   After almost a year of being active in the Czech republic, Girls in Film, an international platform supporting aspiring female filmmakers, presents its first festival in Prague. The festival will feature 5 films of European female directors, two of which will be screened as Czech premieres. The event takes place from 14th to 16th June at Prague’s Lucerna cinema and is organized in cooperation with Film Europe.

    “The Girls in Film originally started in London, with the aim to present the variety of work created by women – from “classic” films, through music videos, to videoart,” says Julie Zackova, producer and founder of the Prague branch of Girls in Film. After their previous events – short film screening in cooperation with iShorts and panel with upcoming female producers at Famufest in Prague, their third event now concentrates specifically on female directors in the Girls in Film Prague first official film festival.

    The program of the event features first and second films of European female directors that have enjoyed accolades at some of the biggest international festivals. The festival-goers will be able to attend screening of Raw (dir. Julia Ducournau), which was awarded the main prize at the Semaine de la critique section in Cannes 2016, or Western (dir. Valeska Grisebach), the competitor at last year’s Un Certain Regard section at the same festival. “Personally, I would recommend everyone to go see our opening film and a striking debut Tower. A Bright Day directed by a young Polish director Jagoda Szelc, which competed at Berlinale this year and which charmed me with its poetic atmosphere and an unexpected storyline set in a traditionally religious Polish countryside,” comments Dagmar Sedlackova, who is a co-founder of the platform in Prague and also a producer. This debut film, as well as Gabriela Pichler’s sophomore film “Amateurs” from Sweden will be presented as Czech premieres.

   Apart from the screenings, the festival will also organize a debate centering on the current position of women in local, as well as international film industry.