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Hellbender directed by Toby Poser, Zelda Adams and John Adams
Hellbender directed by Toby Poser, Zelda Adams and John Adams

The 7th edition of Final Girls Berlin Film Festival (FGBFF), Berlin’s premier showcase of horror films made by women* and non-binary filmmakers returns for their full program of feature films, short blocks, talks by international horror specialists, and a retro screening. In addition to the live in-person line-up, FGBFF, running February 3 – 6th, 2022, will offer most of their short film programs online for worldwide on-demand access during the festival.

Final Girls Berlin Film Festival 2022


Dir. Jane Schoenbrun, USA, 2021

“I want to go to the World’s Fair. I want to go to the World’s Fair. I want to go to the World’s Fair.” Say it three times into your computer camera. Prick your finger, draw some blood, and smear it on the screen. Now press play on the video. They say that once you’ve seen it, the changes begin… In a small town, a shy and isolated teenage girl (Anna Cobb in a stunning feature debut) becomes immersed in an online role-playing game, wherein she begins to document the changes that may or may not be happening to her.

HELLBENDER – German Premiere
Dirs. Toby Poser, Zelda Adams & John Adams, USA 2021

A mother and daughter live in the middle of nowhere, relying only on each other. Teenager Izzy spends most of her time in nature and her home studio rocking out with her mom. Her mother doesn‘t want Izzy to go near anyone else – for fear of disaster. Is this maternal overprotectiveness, or is there something supernatural at play? This witchy coming-of-age film directed by the Adams family (mother Toby Poser, daughter Zelda Adams, and husband/father John Adams) is a thrilling and emotional ride exploring family dynamics, the changeability of identity and notions of power.

HERE BEFORE – Berlin Premiere
Dir. Stacey Gregg, UK, 2021

When a new family moves in next door, their young daughter, Megan, quickly captivates Laura (played to paranoid perfection by Andrea Riseborough), stirring up painful memories of her own daughter who died several years previously. Before long, Laura’s memories turn to obsession as Megan’s unsettling behaviour begins to convince her of something supernatural. As Laura’s determination to get to the bottom of it becomes all-consuming, her family begins to fracture and the line between the extraordinary and the real becomes ever more obscured in this haunting story about a mother’s love.

YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER – German Premiere
Dir. Kate Dolan, Ireland, 2021

It’s the week before Halloween and Char’s mother, Angela, has inexplicably disappeared. All that remains is her abandoned car. When she returns home without explanation the following evening, it becomes clear to Char and her grandmother, Rita, that something is amiss. She might look and sound the same but Angela’s behaviour has become increasingly frightening, as if she has been replaced by a malevolent force. When Halloween arrives, a night steeped in ancient myth and legend, Char realises that she is the only one who can save her, even if it means potentially losing her forever.

Dir. Frida Kempff, Sweden, 2021

Molly, a woman who has just experienced a traumatic incident, is unnerved by a haunting knocking sound from upstairs in her new apartment building. As the noises become more desperate and increasingly sound like cries for help, she confronts her neighbours, but seems to be the only one that can hear them. In an unsettling quest for truth, Molly soon realises that no one believes her and begins to question if she even believes herself – a realisation that is perhaps even more chilling.

GOOD MADAM – German Premiere
Dir. Jenna Cato Bass, South Africa, 2021

Tsidi, a single mother, is forced to move in with her estranged mother Mavis, a live-in domestic worker caring obsessively for her catatonic white ‘Madam’. As Tsidi tries to heal her family however, a sinister spectre begins to stir.

Dir. Lynne Stopkewich, Canada, 1996

Sandra is attracted to primary post-mortem. Death is something she wants to get close to. In her quest, Sandra lands a job at the local funeral parlor. So begins her initiation into the funeral industry and the hidden world of undertaking. While studying embalming, she meets Matt (Peter Outerbridge), a lonely intense medical student. Faced with Matt’s mounting obsession and conventional notions of love, sex, and death, Sara finds that sometimes there is a way of crossing over.



The Goldfish — Dir. Ashley Paige Brim, USA, 2021
She Whistles — Dir. Thirza Cuthand, Canada, 2021
Smile — Dir. Joanna Tsanis, Canada, 2021
Dedication — Dir. Selina Sondermann, Germany, 2021
The Expected — Dir. Carolina Sandvik, Sweden, 2021
Beta Male — Dir. Marianne Chase, UK, 2021


Dana — Dir. Lucia Forner Segarra, Spain, 2021
Menarca — Dir. Lillah Halla, Brazil, 2020
Fire Season — Dir. Jacqueline Kramer, USA, 2021
Watcher — Dir. Meg Swertlow, USA, 2021
Massacre — Dir. Maïté Sonnet, France, 2019


Our First Priority — Dir. Ariel Baska, USA, 2021
Occupational Hazard — Dir. Ursula Ellis, USA, 2021
Freya — Dir. Camille Hollett-French, Canada, 2020
They Called Me David — Dir. Lindsay Hallam, UK, 2021
Hysteria — Dir. Jenna Payne, USA, 2021
The Living — Dir. Cleo Handler, USA, 2021
Updated — Dir. Nivi Pedersen, Greenland, 2021


Red is the Color of Beauty — Dir. Beck Kitsis, USA, 2021
Inch Thick Knee Deep — Dir. Anatasha Blakely, USA, 2021
Hannya — Dir. Eva Muñoz, France, 2021
Sister — Dir. Mikaela Bruce, Spain, 2020
Girls Night In — Dir. Alison Roberto, USA, 2021
Murderers Prefer Blondes — Dirs. Mika Bar On Nesher & Mary Neely, USA, 2021


Gay Teen Werewolf — Dir. Andy Rose Fidoten, USA, 2020
Itch — Dir. Susannah Farrugia, UK/Malta, 2021
Protection Spell — Dir. Maren Moreno, USA, 2021
Sundown Town — Dir. Mylo Butler, Produced by Tamia Bailey & Yajarrah Paul, USA, 2021
The Cost of Living — Dir. Alice Trueman, UK, 2021
Bitten, A Tragedy — Dir. Monika Estrella Negra, USA, 2021
New Flesh for the Old Ceremony — Dir. Elizabeth Rakhilkina, USA, 2020
MonsterDykë — Dir. Kaye Adelaide & Mariel Scammel, Canada, 2021


Verified — Dir. Ali Chappell, Canada, 2021
ARM — Dir. Jill Worsely, UK 2021
It Came From the Kitchen! — Dir. Jessica Salgado, USA, 2021
Young Forever — Dir. Stevie Szerlip, USA, 2021
Victim No.6 — Dir. Nancy Menagh, USA, 2021
Posted No Hunting — Dir. Alisa Stern, USA, 2021
Crafty Witch — Dir. Laura-Beth Cowley, UK, 2021
Death Valley — Dir. Grace Sloan, USA, 2021
Visitors — Dir. Kenichi Ugana, Produced by WATANABE, Japan, 2021


Ghoul Log — Dir. Christine Pfister, USA, 2019
Three Ways to Dine Well — Dir. Alison Peirse, UK, 2021
Demon Juice — Dir. Shannon Brown, USA, 2021
Binge and Purgatory — Dir. Rebecca Kozak, USA, 2021
Misophonia — Dir. Julianna Robinson, USA, 2021
Such Small Hands — Dir. Maria Martínez Bayona, UK, 2020


Sleep Without A Dream — Dirs. Prudence Njeri & Benji Irwin, Canada, 2021
Inheritance — Dir. Annalise Lockhart, USA, 2021
Brackish — Dir. Christa Boarini, USA, 2021
Housekreeping — Dir. Kyle Dunbar, Written and Produced by Rebecca Callender, Canada, 2021
Piece by Piece — Dir.Chloé Sirois, Canada, 2021
Sudden Light — Dir. Sophie Littman, UK, 2021
Cloud — Dir. Joséphine Darcy Hopkins, France, 2020

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