FINAL GIRLS BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL #3 – FEBRUARY 2018

2018 Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Program

February 1-3 2018

Thursday, February 1st

18:15 – Shorts 1 – Obsession
20:30 – Feature – BOOK OF BIRDIE
22:30 – Feature – LYLE + Nothing a Little Soap and Water Can’t Fix

Friday, February 2nd

15:00 – Talk: The Woman and the Vampire
17:00 – Shorts 2 – Mind Games
19:00 – Shorts 3 – Dark Gatherings
21:30 – Feature – MOST BEAUTIFUL ISLAND
23:15 – Feature – PREVENGE

Saturday, February 3rd

14:30 – Storyboarding Workshop
16:30 – Shorts 4 – Metamorphoses
18:15 – Filmmaker Panel
20:00 – Feature – PIN CUSHION
21:45 – Shorts 5 – Family Dysfunction
23:15 – Shorts 6 – Serial Killers

 

Please contact us via finalgirlsfilmfest (at) gmail.com or use the contact form if you would like an accreditation.

Tickets are now available on the b-ware! Ladenkino website!

PhilaMOCA presents Final Girls Berlin Film Festival Death (and dismemberment) to patriarchy

The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival has christened their eclectic international showcase of feminist horror cinema by appropriating the perfect trope. In the horror film genre, the Final Girl is the last woman standing, the one who lives to tell the tale after watching her friends get tortured, eaten, incinerated, chopped up into little pieces, or what have you. She suffers. She is a screamer.

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Festival Trailer!

Check out our new festival trailer, edited by our talented, bad-ass pal Anastasia Cazabon!

Featuring scenes from Metamorphosis, Waste, La Peau Sauvage, and Please Love Me Forever, and with music by Choral Hearse.

Please share and spread the word! We’ll see you from the 1st – 3rd of February, 2018, at the best place to watch movies in Berlin: B-ware Ladenkino!

Please also visit and share our fb event page, where we will continue to post the latest updates on our program.  Let’s get scared together! Can’t wait to see your faces and hear your gasps!

Something Sinister @ Filmmaker Magazine

As the industry and media have increasingly placed a spotlight on the filmic achievements of female directors, the recent rush of celebrated genre films masterminded by women — Julia Ducournau’s Raw, Alice Lowe’s Prevenge, Jennifer Kent’s The Babadook and Karyn Kusama’s The Invitation, among them — has been cited as a welcome phenomenon, but it’s not an altogether new one. A network of female-driven genre film festivals that celebrate the activities and influence of women in the genre cinema community have been running for, in some cases, decades. Filmmaker and programmer Briony Kidd says, drily, “The idea that it might be good to focus on women directors in horror has become quite accepted.”

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Final Girls Berlin Film Festival #2 – June 2017

Welcome to the second edition of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival ‘17!

All of the horror films you’ll see here were directed, written, and/or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers.

We believe that horror is a beautiful, messy, and fruitful means of resistance, as well as a visceral medium for exploring ills and incongruities, whether internal, interpersonal, or societal.

The films we’re presenting relish in various forms of resistance: deconstructing or decimating traditional representations of women in film; blurring bodily boundaries; highlighting the perversions lurking within the nuclear family structure; twisting and contorting the conventions of romance; painting bloody portraits of revenge… Sometimes this resistance takes the form of unbridled and unapologetic fantasy, no matter how ugly.

These women and non-binary horror-makers are powerful, asskicking agents of chaos and disruption who deserve to be celebrated. Our mission is to bring these filmmakers and their largely unseen bloody gems to Berlin’s feminist horror-loving spectators. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out the horror talks/workshops and art exhibition in the Moviemento lounge, where we’ll also be selling our ghastly and muchcoveted FGB T-shirts.

We look forward to serving you a tasty array of thrills, chills, kills, ills, and terror-packed film bills!!!

–Sara Neidorf, co-director of Final Girls

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A Tricky Treat/Shortcut (Shorts) (Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2017)

Playing in Final Girls’s Dying of Laughter shorts program is the comic A Tricky Treat, from director Patricia Chica, about one family’s worrying Halloween tradition. Less predictable than one might expect, this film takes a twist that I recall coming up in the anthology film Trick R’ Treat and gives it another little turn, resulting in a horror short that’s essentially a visual joke.

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