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Women in Cinema

Our Women in Cinema program elevates women creators and promotes films by and about women, making space for new kinds of stories and new voices. To combat the under-representation of women in the film industry, we aim for a more equitable representation of female filmmakers across all of our programming. This year, one-third of the Festival’s feature films and 43% of the shorts were directed or co-directed by women. This percentage has increased each year over the past four years, at once demonstrating a shift in the industry and also showing that work still needs to be done.


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Adam

Maryam Touzani  |  Morocco, France, Belgium
Drama, Family Affairs
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Alelí

Leticia Jorge Romero  |  Uruguay, Argentina
Comedy, Family Affairs
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Atlantics Atlantique

Mati Diop  |  France, Senegal, Belgium
Coming of Age, Drama, Social Commentary
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Bombay Rose

Gitanjali Rao  |  India, United Kingdom, Qatar, France
Animation, Romance, Social Commentary
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Carmilla

Emily Harris  |   United Kingdom
Historical, LGBTQ, Literary Adaptation

Clemency

Chinonye Chukwu  |   United States
Drama, Political

The Components of Love

Miriam Bliese  |   Germany
Drama, Family Affairs, Romance
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Cunningham

Alla Kovgan  |  France, Germany, United States
Dance, Documentary, LGBTQ, Music
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Digitalkarma

Francesca Scalisi, Mark Olexa  |   Switzerland
Coming of Age, Documentary, Political
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The Father

Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov  |  Bulgaria, Greece
Drama, Family Affairs
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The Fever

Maya Da-Rin  |  Brazil, France, Germany
Drama, Political, Social Commentary
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Fordlandia Malaise

Susana de Sousa Dias  |   Portugal
Documentary, Historical, Political
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Forman vs. Forman

Jakub Hejna, Helena Třeštíková  |  Czech Republic, France
Art/Film, Biopic, Documentary
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Hala

Minhal Baig  |   United States
Coming of Age, Religion, Romance

Harriet

Kasi Lemmons  |   United States
Biopic, Historical, Political
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Honey Boy

Alma Har'el  |   United States
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs
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I Was at Home, But… Ich war zuhause, aber...

Angela Schanelec  |  Germany, Serbia
Drama, Family Affairs

Initials S.G.

Rania Attieh, Daniel Garcia  |  Argentina, Lebanon, United States
Comedy, Drama, Sex and Sexuality
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Instinct

Halina Reijn  |   The Netherlands
Drama, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
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The Kingmaker

Lauren Greenfield  |  United States, Denmark
Biopic, Documentary, Political
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Knives and Skin

Jennifer Reeder  |   United States
LGBTQ, Mystery, Sex and Sexuality, Thriller
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Lives with Flavor Vidas con Sabor

Pablo Gasca Gollás , Ruth Zachs Babani  |   Mexico
Documentary
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Love Child

Eva Mulvad  |   Denmark
Documentary, Family Affairs, Political

Maria’s Paradise

Zaida Bergroth  |   Finland
Drama, Historical, Religion
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Maternal Hogar

Maura Delpero  |  Italy, Argentina
Coming of Age, Drama, Religion
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Mr. Jones

Agnieszka Holland  |  Poland, UK, Ukraine
Biopic, Historical, Political, Thriller
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The New Bauhaus

Alysa Nahmias  |   United States
Art/Film, Documentary, Historical
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Notre Dame

Valérie Donzelli  |   France
Art/Film, Comedy
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Once Upon a River

Haroula Rose  |   United States
Coming of Age, Drama
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Ordinary Love

Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn  |   United Kingdom
Drama, Family Affairs
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The Orphanage Parwareshgah

Shahrbanoo Sadat  |  Denmark, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Afghanistan, Qatar
Coming of Age, Drama, Historical
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Out of Tune De frivillige

Frederikke Aspöck  |   Denmark
Comedy, Crime, Drama, Political
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Portrait of a Lady on Fire Portrait de la jeune fille en feu

Céline Sciamma  |   France
Historical, LGBTQ, Romance
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Seahorse

Jeanie Finlay  |   United Kingdom
Documentary, LGBTQ, Social Commentary
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Short Film: “And Then the Bear” L'Heure de l'Ours

Agnès Patron  |   France

Short Film: “Automatic”

Emma Doxiadi  |   Greece

Short Film: “Aziza”

Soudade Kaadan  |  Syria, Lebanon

Short Film: “Contaminated Memories”

Debra Tolchinsky  |   United States

Short Film: “Daddio”

Casey Wilson  |   United States

Short Film: “Enforcement Hours”

Paloma Martinez  |   United States

Short Film: “Excess Will Save Us”

Morgane Dziurla-Petit  |   Sweden

Short Film: “Fun Factory”

Lisa Brooke Hansen, Even Hafnor  |  Norway,Germany

Short Film: “Intermission Expedition”

Wiep Teeuwisse  |   The Netherlands

Short Film: “Julio Iglesias’s House” La casa de Julio Iglesias

Natalia Marín  |   Spain
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Short Film: “Liberty”

Faren Humes  |   United States

Short Film: “Libre”

Anna Barsan  |   United States

Short Film: “Monster God” Monstruo Dios

Agustina San Martin  |   Argentina

Short Film: “Mr. Mare” Lidérc úr

Luca Tóth  |  Hungary/France

Short Film: “Nest”

Sonja Rohleder  |   Germany

Short Film: “North Loop”

Nataki Garrett  |   United States

Short Film: “Saya”

Fawzia Mirza, Anam Abbas  |  Pakistan, United States

Short Film: “See You Next Time”

Crystal Kayiza  |   United States

Short Film: “Sheep, Wolf and a Cup of Tea…”

Marion Lacourt  |   France

Short Film: “Stucco”

Janina Gavankar, Russo Schelling  |   United States

Short Film: “The Role”

Farnoosh Samadi  |   Iran

Short Film: “Volcano: What Does a Lake Dream?” Vulcão: O Que Sonha Um Lago?

Diana Vidrascu  |  France, Portugal

Short Film: “Watermelon Juice” Suc de Síndria

Irene Moray  |   Spain

Short Film: “White Echo”

Chloë Sevigny  |   United States
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The Sleepwalkers Los Sonámbulos

Paula Hernández  |  Argentina, Uruguay
Coming of Age, Drama, Family Affairs

Song Without a Name Canción sin nombre

Melina León  |  Peru, United States
Drama, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
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The Swallows of Kabul Les hirondelles de Kaboul

Zabou Breitman and Eléa Gobbé-Mévellec  |  France, Switzerland, Luxembourg
Animation, Political, Religion
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A Thief’s Daughter La hija de un ladrón

Belén Funes  |   Spain
Coming of Age, Family Affairs, Social Commentary
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Varda by Agnès Varda par Agnès

Agnès Varda  |   France
Art/Film, Biopic, Documentary
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Vivere

Francesca Archibugi  |   Italy
Comedy, Family Affairs

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