We show cinema that is inclusive.

photo: Bartek Muracki

About

Camera Femina is a foundation that advocates participation of women in cultural, artistic, and public life. Our primary aim is to disseminate the cinematographic output of film makers telling herstories from every corner of the world. We also conduct workshops and carry out equality-mainstreaming projects that change the androcentric narrative dominant in the arts, science, and business. And yes, we dance as well.

Programme Committee

photo: Helena Ganjalyan

Katarzyna Rakowska

Anti-fascist activist, feminist, doctoral student (Institute of Sociology, University of Warsaw), member of the Workers’ Initiative trade union. Her current research focuses on limitation on the right to strike. Member of the FemFund’s Consultation Council; president of the Programme Committee of the Camera Femina Foundation. 

Monika Borys

Cultural theorist, PhD student (Doctoral School of Humanities, University of Warsaw). Her research focuses on the 1990s visual culture and representation of the Polish popular classes in the times of systemic transition. Author of    Polski bajer. Disco polo i lata 90. [Polish Gimmick: Disco Polo and the 1990s.] (2019). Published articles and essays in among others Praktyka Teoretyczna, Widok. Teorie i Praktyki Kultury Wizualnej, and Dwutygodnik. Originally from Podlachia, currently residing in Warsaw.

Zofia Krawiec

Writer, artist, curator, and cultural journalist. Author of Miłosny Performans [Amorous Performance] (2016) and curator of the exhibition based on her book (Labirynt Gallery, BWA Tarnów). Co-curator of 140 Beats Per Minute at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw (2017), curator of The Girl May Seem Strong but Inside She Barely Holds On held at Lokal_30 in Warsaw (2018). She is credited with initiating the Polish debate on the selfie-feminism theory, i.e. the phenomenon of women’s implementation of new media as a tool in the fight for female subjectivity. Author of the Instagram feminist project “Nuerotic Girl”, which aims among others to reveal deeply entrenched stereotypes that limit the social roles and pubic representation of young girls. Her own online activity has triggered a wave of hate (speech). Cyberhate targeting young women has become one of the staple topics of her artistic activities. Director, screenwriter, and actress performing one of the leading roles in I Burn Easily (2019), an arts series created in partnership with Ujazdowski Castle – the Centre for Contemporary Art in Warsaw.

Marta Dzido

Writer, film director. Made her debut at the age of 16, publishing prose texts in periodicals. Author of novels A Mark Left by Mom (2003) and The Clam (2005), hypertextual novel Matrioszka (2013), non-fiction Women of Solidarity (2016), novel Frajda (2018), as well as texts published in anthologies and periodicals. Graduate of the Łódź Film School; director of photography for documentary film Underground Women’s State (2009). Screen writer, co-director and co-producer (in tandem with Piotr Śliwowski) of the documentaries: Paktofonika – A Hip Hop Journey Back in Time (2009), Downtown (2010), Solidarity According to Women (2014), and Women Power (2018). Recipient of among others Hollywood Eagle Documentary Award, Beyond Borders – Krzysztof Kieślowski Award, the Polish Film Institute Special Prize, and the 2019 European Union Prize for Literature. 

Board

photo: Helena Ganjalyan

Joanna Bednarczyk

Deputy President

Social activist, cultural anthropologist, graduate of applied linguistics and cultural studies (Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin), founder and organizer of “Demakijaż” – Women’s Film Festival since 2016. Associated with Grrrlz GET LOUD, a grassroots initiative advocating a greater visibility of women and girls in the context of the alternative music circuit. Currently studying Film and TV Production Organization at the Film School in Łódź.

photo: Helena Ganjalyan

Jolanta Prochowicz

President

Social activist, feminist, graduate of philosophy and Polish studies; active in the cultural sector since 2008, logistics coordinator for the “Two Riversides” Film and Art Festival in Kazimierz Dolny (2010-14), programming manager for the “Cinema in Sneakers” Film Festival in Warsaw (2014), curator of the “Discussions about Growing Up” film meetings; organizational director of the Summer Film Academy in Zwierzyniec (2018-19). Founder and organizer of “Demakijaż” – Women’s Film Festival (est. 2016), author of University, Humanities, Philosophy: Academic Education According to Martha Nussbaum and Alasdair MacIntyre (2015), published articles in the Gazeta Wyborcza daily and Znak monthly. Currently conducting doctoral research into how the division in the public and private spheres influences the understanding of justice and how it affects women’s rights. 

photo: Helena Ganjalyan

Bartosz Wójcik

Deputy President

Reader, translator (among others Dialog, Polish Theatre Journal, Przekrój), cultural manager, author of Afro-Caribbean Poetry in English: Cultural Traditions (2015); since 2016 curator of Reggae University at the Ostróda Reggae Festival; curator of Bartek Muracki’s Reggae Faces exhibition (2016); coordinator / producer of exhibitions, including the Polish premiere of S. Salgado’s Genesis (2016), Bohdan Butenko’s Posters (2017), Eastreet 4 – Photography of Eastern Europe (2017), The Quay Brothers’ Dormitorium of Traces (2019); co-curator (alongside Monika Borys) of the Disco Relax exhibition at the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw (2019-20); member of the Polish Literary Translators Association.

Weronka Modrzejewska-Rubin

Feminist, cultural manager, graduate of sociology and journalism (Maria Curie Skłodowska University in Lublin, Poland). A longtime mover and shaker of the D.I.Y. scene in Lublin; founding member and originator of GRRRLZ GET LOUD – a grassroots initiative supporting the participation of girls and women in independent culture. 

Women’s Film Festival – Demakijaż

Why define femininity if you can just show women? Fat, skinny, sad, cheerful, made-up or not, whether in high heels or in sneakers, whether wearing a hijab or a bikini. Just like the ones you meet every day and like the ones you are yet to meet.

Since 2016 we have been organizing “Demakijaż” – an annual women’s film festival. Year after year, you can see feature films and documentaries from every corner of the world, each of them showcasing talent, strength and determination of women behind and in front of the camera. “Demakijaż” goes beyond the artificial images of women mediated in the press, advertising, TV series, and cinema. Such representation is one-dimensional, incomplete, and far removed from reality. The moment you go to a party, hang out with friends or eat dinner at grandma’s, you immediately see a richer and more diverse picture of femininity. But this is nowhere near all of it! What about women living in different parts of the globe, having dissimilar experiences, worldviews or beliefs? We cannot wait to see such diversity on screen.

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Polish Commonwealth of Women

A series of documentary film screenings and Q & As with established film directors and emerging auteurs. In the course of curated screenings and discussions we will show post-1989 Poland as seen by women and we will consider the present-day consequences of the transitions triggered by the Polish Round Table Agreement.

Free admission

All the meetings, unless otherwise advertised, are in Polish. 

Polish Sign Language translation accompanies all the Q & As.

Co-financed by the City of Lublin

In the Frame

A series of meetings on books – latest titles, classics, and new editions – that are part of the contemporary debate about the dynamically changing world. Together with our special guests, we will discuss what we have just read and what awaits us as a result. In the frame – in the very centre of our attention – is where we will present people, objects, and phenomena that are side-lined or overlooked. We will re-locate to the centre all that is marginalised. To the Centre for Culture in Lublin.

All the meetings, unless otherwise advertised, are in Polish.

Free admission

Curated by the Camera Femina Foundation, the event is organised in partnership with the Centre for Culture in Lublin’s Dosłowna bookshop.  

Let’s Start the Revolution

“Let’s Start the Revolution” is a competition awarding the best short film directed by a woman that tackles issues related to femininity. The competition also provides a space for the networking of women film makers, viewers, and film producers.   

In 2019, over 40 films were submitted for the competition. Out of these, 14 were chosen by the selection committee to be screened during the festival, and evaluated by the audience. The directors of the short-listed films participated in Q and As in Lublin and discussed their work with the festival-goers. The main prize was awarded by the audience to Aleksandra Świerk, director of “Camouflage”.

2020 marks the 5thanniversary of the Festival and we’ve decided to widen the frame of the competition by inviting women directors from every corner of the globe. We hope that in October we’ll meet in person in Lublin, which for five consecutive days will turn into the international capital of inclusive cinematography.

We’ve also expanded the competition by introducing online screenings of short-listed films and Q & As with directors.

Our aim is simple – to start a revolution together with film makers, film viewers, and everyone who cares about women’s films – films that are inclusive.

The competition is organised within Women’s Film Festival – Demakijaż. We await your entries by 20 August.

Looking forward to meeting you all! 

Women’s Film Festival – Demakijaż

Terms and Conditions are available at www.hf.org.pl

Contact

Camera Femina

fundacja@camerafemina.org

NIP: 712-339-70-85, REGON: 385131130

KRS: 0000820676

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Help us support women filmmakers all year long!
With your support, we can create culture that is inclusive.

Bank account: BNP Paribas 70160014621885758240000001

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