ABOUT 2017'S FESTIVAL
The theme for #DFFF2017 was FeministFutures. Our programme foregrounded topics such as science and the universe, magical realism, technology and the digital world, contemporary feminist issues and movements, sci-fi, dystopia, and the future female. Asking questions about future generations of women – what challenges we will continue to face; how female filmmakers are shaping stories about our existence as human beings in a vast universe; how humour and beauty can be harnessed for illuminating serious issues, what makes something subversive; what makes us laugh? Under the spotlight; the roles that activism, tech, art, geography, reproductive (in)justice, youth culture, gender violence, or science might play in our FeministFutures… as well as the shockingly overlooked subject-matters of lesbian space-aliens and kitsch witches!
We wanted to showcase contemporary FeministFutures work, so every feature film was under five years old and we are proudly screened four Irish premieres. Each year we also screen a selection of Irish and international shorts - and award a ‘Best Short’ prize. We hosted a lecture dealing with intersections of new media, technologies, women’s bodies, sex and sexuality, in addition to a ‘Make a Movie with your Phone’ workshop for teenage girls - the future is theirs, after all.