Braunschweig International Film Festival presents TILDA, the new women film award

There is a new addition at the 33rd edition Braunschweig Film Festival. The new women film award is called "TILDA" and comes with a prize money of 5.000 Euro donated by 60 benefactresses. The wish of the sponsors: to give more visibility to film-making women in all their diversity. „The TILDA“ will be awarded for the first time at the festival's award ceremony on Saturday, November 23rd. Six international productions are in competition.

The goal is to give more visibility to female filmmakers in all of their diversity. This diversity includes genre, ways of storytelling, the stories themselves as well as the directresses as the award aims at women of all origins, sexual orientation, skin colours etc. Another important goal of this award from women for women is to give motivation to directresses at the beginning of their career, whose work does not yet get the recognition it deserves.

The following five films are nominated: “Adam” by Maryam Touzani (Marokko/Frankreich), “Love Mobil” by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss (D), “Mein Ende. Dein Anfang” by Mariko Minoguch (D), “She’s Missing” by Alexandra McGuiness (Irland, UK USA), “Song Without a Name” by Meline Léon (Peru/Spanien/USA) and “The Third Wife” by Ash Mayfair (Vietnam).

Winning films

2020: SLALOM

Directed by Charlène Favier.

With great empathy, complexity and persuasive power, French director and screen writer Charlène Favier uncovers the malicious mechanisms of abuse in her debut feature SLALOM about a ski instructor and his 15-year old student: the power position of the successful coach who uses a mix of pressure, criticism, praise and favoritism to control the young woman; the insecurity of the adolescent whose absent mother and missing father figure make her susceptible to male recognition so that she seemingly accepts her coach’s transgressions; the presumption that the young woman is partly responsible for her abuse.

But the almost fairytale-like snow scenes reveal what the teenager is truly looking for. Yet, instead of the beauty, harmony and love, she finds herself in an abyss of sexual exploitation which nearly destroys her. When her dream of winning the skiing-race comes true, she feels no happiness, just emptiness. Only then she manages, with the support of her friend and her mother, to dissociate herself from her coach and end the abuse.

Favier’s film stands out through its subtle dramaturgy, its camera work with its closeness to the main character, the remarkable acting performance, and its strong emancipatory message.

The Jury 2020


Directed by Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, Germany, 103 min.

Jury's statement:
An extraordinary documentary about sex workers in caravans parked on the side of country roads in Lower Saxony. The slow-paced, quiet film offers intimate insights and moments of truth, showing hope, fear, loneliness and desperation in a way that attests to the sensitive, respectful work of the film team with the protagonists over a period of three years. The filmmakers remain invisible and inaudible throughout the film – an usual but convincing choice for a documentary as it leaves the protagonists to tell their own stories.
The focus is on two young women, Milena from Bulgaria and Rita from Nigeria, and the pimp-cum-landlady Uschi. The portrayal of the protagonists as intelligent and dignified individuals with limited life choices stands in harsh contrast to the process of dehumanisation that takes place in the monetary exchange between sex worker and ‘client’.
The film skillfully juxtaposes the cramped space in the caravans with the open countryside around it, the photography with its long takes, precise framing and choice of original images is impressive and the quiet way in which this documentary exposes the depressing daily horrors of prostitution in the German countryside will not be easily forgotten.
A courageous, overwhelming and eye-opening film!

The Jury 2019

Heike Klippel

Professor of film at the University for Fine Arts Brunswick. Her work includes publications about feminist film theory, memory, time, film and everyday life. Her latest published work was Poisons and Poisoning in Science, Fiction, and Cinema (2017), with B. Wahrig and A. Zechner.

Frauke Kolbmüller
The Leipzig film maker studied film production. As a freelance producer she worked with Desert Film. In 2015 she founded Oma Inge Film in Hamburg, whose third production is SYSTEMSPRENGER. She is a member of the European Film Academy.

Joanna Łapińska
Director of Programming of the Transatlantyk Festival, Member of the European Film Academy. Before, Joanna Łapińska worked for almost 15 years for the New Horizons International Film Festival, since 2007 being the Artistic Director of the festival.

Dr. Wibke Westermeyer
Scientific editor at the Georg-Eckert-Institute in Brunswick. She contributed in creating and is jury of an award for film about tourism.

Dr. Maxa Zoller
Creative Director of the International Women´s Film Festival Dortmund I Köln. She also works as a free curator of film, for Art Basel among others, and recently taught History of Film & Arts at the American University in Cairo.