Films ahoy! Queer film Festivals in Berlin

"Can you live without films? Never!" This is Lena Braun’s motto. The screenwriter and director loves queer cinema. Here, she introduces the Berlin film festivals that specialise in gay, lesbian, and queer films.

Home of the Queer Porn Film Festival Berlin: the Moviemento cinema

Queer Porn Film Festival Berlin: The only Festival of (Queer) Porn in Germany.

Not only sex, but also politics, feminism, and gender issues are some of the topics tackled by the Porn Film Festival Berlin. It is the only festival of its kind in Germany and presents approximately 100 films from all over the world every year. Panel discussions, lectures, readings, workshops, performances, and exhibitions complement the film programme. It was founded in 2006 by filmmaker and producer, Jürgen Brüning, to reinterpret the genre of pornography, which can be deadly dull in artistic, social, and philosophical discourse. The porn film festival is undoubtedly female-feminist and artistic-alternative and it showcases the genre at its best. Also, about half of the audience is female - and that's saying something! The festival is organised by a dedicated team of four and takes place in Germany's oldest cinema, the Moviemento in Berlin-Kreuzberg.

Queer Porn Film Festival Berlin
Next date: 26 to 31 October 2021
At the Moviemento cinema
Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin-Kreuzberg
Queer Porn Film Festival Berlin' Website

Teddy Award: Queer Cinema at the Berlinale

How can gay, lesbian, and queer films attract more professional attention? Simply put, by establishing their own award, the Teddy, which is presented as part of the Berlin International Film Festival. The Teddy has been the Golden Bear of the Berlinale since 1987. Because the Teddy emerged from the Panorama section of the Berlinale, the prize is awarded in the short film, documentary, and feature film categories. The concept was successful from the start. The first prize winner was the Spanish director, Pedro Almodóvar, for his film ‘The Law of Desire’, in which a then still largely-unknown Antonio Banderas played the leading role. In the same year, director Gus Van Sant was also lauded for his short films. Both directors subsequently became world stars. The Teddies are cuddly bronze bears on Berlin cobblestones and were designed by the gay comic artist, Ralf König. Their presentation is a glamorous highlight in Berlin's cultural calendar every year!

Teddy Award
As part of the Berlinale
Teddy Award's Website

XPOSED Queer Film Festival: Queer stories from around the World

If you can never quite decide between current films or queer classics, you should take a closer look at the programme of the XPOSED Queer Film Festival, because it combines both - and thus offers the chance to highlight developments of queer life on the big screen. It was founded in 2006 by actor and producer, Bartholomew Sammut. Then, as now, you can sense the passionate fun the festival team has when they track down queer stories from all over the world and select the most memorable ones for us. The result is an entertaining, quirky programme, politically left-of-centre. Many of the works shown break with familiar perceptions and demonstrate that life could have worked out quite differently!

XPOSED Queer Film Festival
In various cinemas in Berlin
XPOSED Queer Film Festival's Website

Scene from the film ‘Bare’, one of the highlights of the Queer Film Festival.

Queer Film Festival: Outstanding Non-heterosexual Films from around the World

Great queer films are always screened at major film festivals. The Queer Film Festival team has set itself the task of selecting the best films and presenting them as a curated selection. It was held for the third time in 2021 and showed the majority of the films as German premieres. If you're in the mood for the best queer films of the year, don't miss the queerfilmfestival/ Queer Film Festival!

Queer Film Festival
Queer Film Festival's Website

Further information

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