Our awards for 2017 went to:
Here are some of the judges’ comments on the films:
Cycologic: “A substantive, engaging & accomplished documentary on cycling, gender and urban planning in Kampala. Classic documentary style executed with a lightness of touch. Gender is refreshingly presented as implicitly interwoven with other dimensions of social life. The subject matter as well as approach are feminist”.
Where to, Miss?: “This documentary is well done in its unique and beautiful cinematique form … a very good example of a feminist issue with good cinema representation. I enjoy the ambiguity and the thinking moments of the film when it’s focused on the protagonist, and I feel very attached to the life she wants, and admire her braveness”.
FEATURE FILM AWARD
The five films eligible for the 2017 Feature Film Award were: Talk Back Out Loud; Where to, Miss?; Hauntings in the Archive!; Women of Freedom; and Ouaga Girls.
FEATURE FILM JURY
Pecha Lo graduated with an MA in Film History and the Visual Media from Birkbeck University in London, where she gained academic knowledge from Laura Mulvey and established a keen interest in film and feminist theories. She currently serves as Secretary General of Taiwan Women’s Film Association and is the festival director of the Women Make Waves Film Festival, Taiwan’s third largest film festival. Pecha also lectures in film in community colleges, and is a freelance film critic. She has previously served on juries for the Seoul International Women’s Film Festival (2014) and the International Women’s Film Festival Dortmund | Cologne (2017).
Lucy Reynolds has lectured and published extensively, most particularly focused on questions of the moving image, feminism, political space, and collective practice. She is Senior Lecturer and researcher in the department of Media, Arts, and Design at Westminster University. Her articles have appeared in a range of journals and she has curated exhibitions and film programmes for a range of institutions nationally and internationally. As an artist, her films and installations have been presented in galleries and cinemas internationally, and her ongoing sound work A Feminist Chorus has been heard at the Glasgow International Festival, the Wysing Arts Centre, and most recently as a European Chorus for the No Fun Without EU arts event, on Vyner Street. She is currently editing an anthology on Women Artists, Feminism and the Moving Image, for publication in 2018.
Suba Sivakumaran was born in Jaffna, Sri Lanka, grew up in five different countries, and currently resides between New York, London, and Sri Lanka. She started her career in international development in Sri Lanka and works in the area of humanitarian aid and poverty reduction for the United Nations and other organisations. She has an undergraduate degree from the London School of Economics and a master’s degree from Harvard University, both in politics and public policy. I Too Have A Name was her first short film, which premiered at the Berlinale in competition for the Golden Bear in 2012 under the shorts section and went on to compete at over 25 other film festivals including the 2012 London Feminist Film Festival. Suba is also the co-founder of Palmyrah Talkies, a film production company based in London. The forthcoming House of My Fathers is her first feature film, and was selected for the Paris Coproduction Village and for Locarno Film Festival’s Open Doors Programme during its development.
SHORT FILM AWARD
The 12 films eligible for the 2017 Short Film Award were: Brexit Unveiled; Shhh!; Go Ahead and Take Left; More Dangerous Than a Thousand Rioters; Mrs Somerville’s Monument; Inside; One in Five; Nothing About Us Without Us; Did I Say Hairdressing? I Meant Astrophysics; Cycologic; Outside Peace, Inside War; and Women Speak Out! Mena.
SHORT FILM JURY
Lata Mani is a feminist cultural critic, contemplative writer, and filmmaker. Her most recent project, The Poetics of Fragility, is a transmedia collaboration with Nicolas Grandi comprising film, artist book, and website.
Tokio Oohara lives in Tokyo and has a background in theatre and film. Her debut film was the independent Green Scents in May, produced in 2001. She makes films in the hope of creating a world where women can go where they want, see what they want to see, and can say what they like. Her favourite director is Jacques Rivette.
The Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival was the first festival of women’s films in Turkey/Ankara, and has been held every year since 1998. The organisers of the festival are viewing the short films together and giving their majority vote, which will count as one vote. Flying Broom has an International Short Film Competition section, which made it the first women’s film festival in the world with an International Film Critics’ Federation jury. In addition, since its 6th year, the festival has begun to award the prizes Flying Broom Honor Award and Bilge Olgaç Achievement Award, to recognise women’s contribution to every field of cinema.