3. PornfilmfestivalBerlin 22.-26.10.2008

We don’t do Porn(festival)

Posted in film programme, Info by assistant2008 on October 13, 2008

We don’t do Porn(festival)

About films that are not in the festival

The Porn Film Festival is called so, because we like to say things as they are. Although many films in the festival aren’t even porn in the traditional sense. However we knew all along that the p-word in the title wouldn’t bring a mass audience to the festival. But the bluntness allows a target audience to go for it and be surprised about all the things that we think porn can be today.
Much to our surprise though, was the fact that the p-word is also a big “no no” for filmmakers and producers, even if their films are pornographic or deal with the porn-industry.
The selection committee was thrilled to be able to see some very interesting, witty and creative approaches in these films and was sure our festival would be the perfect stage to present this work. But apparently the maker, sales agents and marketing people disagreed.

For example we would have loved to show Australian feature film “The Band”, which combines the means of a feature film with explicit sex scenes and on top, being made from a female perspective by director Anna Brownfield. But the filmmaker had other plans with it.

Even though the documentary “Stalags – Holocaust and Pornography in Israel” by Ari Libsker has got the word “pornography” in its title the filmmaker refused to be connected in any way with a porn film festival. Sad, because we planned to put it as a centerpiece of the festival in order to discuss the very controversy issue of Nazi-terror-porn being popular in Israel, especially amongst former concentration-camp inmates.

Porn in the title and nothing else in the content we found in the German documentary “9 to 5 days of Porn” by Jens Hoffmann. This very revealing look behind the scenes of the porn industry worldwide would have been perfect for the festival, but the producers decided to rather compete with many other documentaries for other more mainstream festivals.

The story of the notorious swinger club Plato in New York and the excessive sex parties of straight couples in the 70ies and 80ies – inspired by the gay men’s sex culture of the time – as told in the interesting documentary “American Swing” would have been interesting to our audience, we thought. The filmmakers Matthew Kaufman and Jon Hart however preferred to offer it to other festivals.

And finally one documentary with one of the highest artistic qualities “Jan Saudek” about the Czech photographer also didn’t want to be part of our festival. Although it portrays the rebellious and challenging work of the erotic photographer Jan Saudek the filmmakers didn’t feel that the message of the films is anyhow obligating and were offering it to other festivals instead.

We can only express our deep regret about all these missed opportunities and wish to express our highest gratitude to all those who are not only making non-mainstream and daring, challenging films but also show these at festivals with the same goal.

The curators of the 3. PornfilmfestivalBerlin

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  1. […] What has impressed me so far about the Festival is its curatorial integrity. The fact that so many filmmakers have refused to allow their films to be screened at the Porn Film Festival because of its name just shows you how stupidly moralistic and righteous our culture remains in the 21st century. Ironically, a lot of films focusing on some aspect of the porn industry – even films including the word “porn” in the title – have refused to show at the Porn Film Festival Berlin. (See this interesting statement from the Festival organizers for more on this.) […]

  2. Anna Brownfield said, on December 3, 2008 at 7:04 am

    I’m so sorry you couldn’t show “The Band”. I have an extremely high regard for you festival but this came down to the Sales Agent who has the rights to the film and the way they want to promote it.

    I’m sooooo sorry.

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