The Joy Award: Encouraging Female Perspectives In Porn

I’ve long been a fan of the films of Petra Joy. Now she’s launched The Joy Award, a short film competition that aims to encourage new female filmmakers to create erotic movies. This award is for first time female film-makers who would like to create erotic films that dare to question porn clichés and show sex in innovative and creative ways… The theme of the short film competition is: “What Read More …

Cinekink Festival: Wish I Was There

Yes, yes, I know I already wrote that about the Rated X festival in Amsterdam. But this is true too – I really, really wish I could be in New York to enjoy the Cinekink erotic film festival. For a start, Jennifer Lyon Bell’s amazing film Matinee is showing on Friday night, as well as a collection of female-friendly shorts collected under the banner of “Wanton Female Desire.” And of Read More …

Rated X Festival – Wish I Was There

Tomorrow marks the start of another wonderful erotic film festival, this time in the Netherlands. The Rated-X Alternative Erotica Film Festival features a fascinating variety of unusual, artistic and very sexy films offering a very different view of sexuality and porn. It’s almost the exact opposite of what was recently on show at the AVN awards. At the Berlin Porn Film Festival I was very lucky to meet one of Read More …

Berlin Porn Film Festival Report and Video

It’s taken far too long but I’ve finally posted my video and report of my adventures at the Berlin Porn Film Festival. I was held up waiting for permission and excerpts from some of the films and unfortunately most of those I contacted didn’t reply. It’s a shame because I saw so much talent on display at the festival and I was eager to give those people a bit of Read More …

Porn Festivals Everywhere!

Maybe I’m just more aware of porn festivals since I went to Berlin, but it seems they’re popping up everywhere. This weekend sees the second Pornotopia Feminist Porn Film Festival in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Petra’s Feeling It and Erika’s Five Hot Stories For Her are featured, as is Audacia’s funny new short Dacia’s Love Machine. The weekend we got to Paris saw the first ever Paris Porn Film Festival… which Read More …

Petra Joy Up For Major Film Awards

Petra Joy reports on her blog that her latest film Feeling It is up for two major awards at this year’s International Erotic Film Festival in Madrid, Spain (FICEB). The first nomination is for Best Film and the second is for Best Director. She’s up against heavyweights from the adult industry including films from Vivid and Evil Angel. It’s quite an achievement for an indie director and it’s also a Read More …

Female Fantasies At The London Gay And Lesbian Film Festival

The London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival, hosted by the BFI, featured a special selection of female-focused and produced erotica. Under the banner “Female Fantasies”, the festival screened a number of erotic shorts by female filmmakers, including Petra Joy. From festival website: A new wave of feminist pornographers explore authentic onscreen sexuality with humour, edge, and style. Celebrating bisexual and lesbian women’s fantasies, they are not afraid to cross genre Read More …

Cinekink: Women Behind The Lens

The recent Cinekink erotic film festival in New York featured a panel discussion called “Women Behind The Lens” featuring Candida Royalle, Audacia Ray and Julie Simone. There’s a video of the whole discussion here. I haven’t watched it yet because I just don’t have the time today but it’s there if you’re interested. Audacia has blogged about her participation here. Both she and Cory Silverberg question the validity of the Read More …

Porn Festival And Venus Awards In Berlin

Erika Lust’s film Five Hot Stories For Her was awarded best film for women at the Venus Eline Awards in Berlin last week. The other nominees were Petra Joy’s Female Fantasies and Renee Pornero’s film Viennese. On her blog Petra said that this was the first time an adult awards ceremony has acknowledged porn films made for women (if we don’t count the Good For Her Feminist Film Awards). So Read More …