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.
Festival co-director Sara Neidorf does an interview with Berlinotheque podcast, discussing Final Girls Berlin Film Festival, her career as a drummer, and her thoughts on feminism in various male-dominated sectors of film and music.
Listen to the full interview here.
We talked about our upcoming festival with Vocal Fry’s Jill Beytin.
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.
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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.”
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
Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2017: Body Horror Short Programme
The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival returned for its second year, running from 9-11 June 2017, and was again victorious in its offering of female-oriented horror films, ranging from the acclaimed anthology XX (2017) to explorations of obsession in In My Skin (2017).
Good day my midsummer creepy cult Christmas Caroler’s! Tonight I peep and creep on Marinah Janello’s YULETIDE!
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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.
Inventive, gory, and unique horror that focuses on the human body was on display last night at FGBFF
Last night, one of the features of the program at Final Girls Berlin was a block of body horror short films ranging in theme, topic, and tone. I was able to screen four of them and found all to be very interesting and very different watching experiences. Every one, however, presented an interesting idea that highlighted truly terrifying violations of the human body.
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