Well OMG, The Final Girls Berlin Film Festival (FGBFF) 4th year in 2019 showcased horror cinema directed, written and/or produced by women.
I couldn’t send emails fast enough to be part of the remote press for this one.
When and What’s On?
Thursday, January 10th, 2019 Berlin, DE – The 4th edition of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival will take place in Berlin, Germany from January 31st to February 3rd, 2019. FGBFF showcases horror films that were directed, written, and/or produced by women and non-binary filmmakers from across the globe.
This year the program consists of seven feature films, eight curated short blocks. This edition’s shorts will also highlight Vera Miao’s ‘Two-Sentence Horror Stories’. Inspired by the viral fan fiction of two sentence horror stories, the anthology series features disturbing updated tales of horror and haunting for the digital age.
In addition to the visual smorgasbord, FGBFF v4.0 will be presenting four filmmaker panels that will be dissecting some of horror’s more nuanced topics ranging from intersectionality in slasher flicks to an analysis of gender and body horror. To round out this year’s offering the fest will also host a Pretty Deadly self-defense workshop.
Festival Co-Director Elinor Lewy says “We’ve got a jam-packed and highly international program which expands and challenges definitions of the horror genre” and fellow director Sara Neidorf adds “Final Girls is bringing you a whole different spin on the genre– exploring different fears and fantasies, with more diversity behind and in front of the camera, and a critical gaze on the structures and systems plaguing society.”
Tell Me About Some of the Titles!
- The cyberthriller viral hit, ‘CAM’;
- The nightmarishly brutal ‘Hounds of Love’;
- The award-winning Mexican ‘Tigers Are Not Afraid’;
- The traumatic alter-ego trip ‘Felt’;
- The unsettling identity crisis thriller ‘Nancy’,
- The queer werewolf coming-of-age story ‘Good Manners’
- The retrospective gem ‘Messiah of Evil‘
- And eight short film programs!
Tigers Are Not Afraid
These films are so good, I’ve already laid eyes on a few. One shining star, in particular, was Tigers Are Not Afraid. Much to the disappointment of many people who’ve now heard about it, it still isn’t up for a wider release.
I personally know tonnes of people waiting patiently to be able to stream this or buy it. I wrote a full review of this one when it screened for the Fantasia Film Festival last year, and you can check it out here.
Directed by Issa Lopez the story starts with Estrella who has three wishes. With a nightmarish fairy tale feel, this one is a must-see.
Cam is available on the Netflix platform and is another film I adored in 2018. A technology-driven horror film set in the dingy underbelly of the webcam quasi-porn industry. See more about that film here with my full spoiler-free review.
What About the Short Film Categories?
I’m glad you asked because they have got me intrigued. The short film categories are Tainted Love, Obsessions, Social Horror, Long in the Tooth, Growing Pains, and Flesh, and Blood so promises something for everyone.
Finally, stay tuned for more reviews because I am ticking the rest of the catalog (or close to it) off my watch list.
For more information on the festival, it’s format, tickets, and more see the Facebook Page or Final Girls Website.