Short Film: ANIMALS AT THE BORDERS, 43min., Germany

In 1989, the Iron Curtain between East and West came down. New space opened for humans and for animals. Since the refugee crisis in 2015, though, walls and fences are back, closing off the North from the South, separating already fragmented small habitats of endangered species. They violate European laws and jeopardize many pan-European conservation efforts.
Like that for the Dinaric lynx. In May 2019, “Doru” and “Goru”, two males from Romania, are set free to refresh the gene pool in Croatia and Slovenia. Will they find territories and partners in the newly fenced border area? And what about the tortoises in the Bulgarian Strandzha mountains: Do they have a chance to survive in the face of old fences and new ones?
Questions that researchers pursue in Croatia, Slovenia and Bulgaria. And in Mexico, too. There, conservationists are alarmed by the growing wall between Arizona and the highlands of Sonora. The breath-taking return of both, beavers and jaguars, is at risk to come to an abrupt end.

By femalefilmfestival

The irony of this festival is that its goal is to not be around in 5 years time. To eventually not be relevant because there is zero need to have a festival geared for female talent and female stories because the stories presented in Hollywood and around the world are a balanced showcase of the human experience from both sexes. Our goal is to achieve a lot of success and then fold into oblivion simply because there is no need for this festival. This festival was created by the FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival as a simple reaction to a strong need to showcase female talent from around the world in a more profound way. When putting together the weekly festival, the administration noticed a lack of a female presence in the stories being shown at the festival. A classic example and analogy to the frustration is how the festival noticed that even the smaller roles in a screenplay were written for a man to play. There was zero reason for this in many stories. How a police officer, or a political campaign manager, for example with 3-4 lines in a screenplay was a "HE" character. Why? And these are the screenplays written by the winners! The talented one who have obtained agents and have began/beginning their careers as a writer.

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