The 2009 Award
The first Petra Joy Award, sponsored by pjur was a huge success. A wide variety of films were entered from all over the world and all winning film-makers travelled to Berlin to see their films on the big screen and receive their trophies and prize money.
The winning films were produced in Australia, Spain, England and Holland. Petra says:
“The jury and I were overwhelmed by the high quality of submissions. All films were completely unique and very creative in the way they depicted female sexuality. We had the difficult choice to select the winners from the very strong finalists.”
The winners are:
First prize: Louise Lush - “That's what I like”
Second prize: Lola Clavo - “La Lucha”
Third prize: Linsey Satterthwaite - “I like it when...”
Special Jury Award: Cora Emens - “Cora’s memoires – The Rose”
View clips of the winning entries
Even though the creative style of the films varied there were some similarities in the films. A prevailing element of many films was the expression of what women want in bed: The first and third prize both expressed visually and verbally what turns some women on. The first prize “That’s what I like” used an interview with the female protagonist along with explicit but sensual images to express this woman’s desire, whereas the third prize “I like it when...” expressed in subtly erotic images and words the erotic pleasures of the female director. The common message is: the shame is over - women can now talk freely in public about what they desire sexually by making a film about female sexual pleasure.
Some of the film-makers such as Linsey Satterthwaite and Cora Emens decided not just to direct but also star in their films – an experience that both women perceived as extremely empowering.
The winner of the second prize, Lola Clavo portrayed sex and love as a power struggle in her experimental film “La Lucha” - with subtly blurred images and an impressive sound-scape.
The special jury award went to “Cora’s memoir – the rose” for the fearless and fun depiction of a very personal erotic memory of the film’s director who also starred in her movie. In an ageist society the film shows that a pleasurable and joyful sex life for women does exist for women who ate aged 50 plus.
All the winning films were shown to a sold out Movimento cinema in Berlin and in the presence of countless TV crews and photographers. The event was part of the pornfilmfest Berlin – an alternative erotic art event in its fourth year. The audience was treated to lube samples and all women who attended the event received a yellow rose - both courtesy of pjur.
The film-makers were not just awarded a trophy but also received their substantial prize money in form of an over-sized cheque sponsored by pjur. All winning films will also be published on Petra’s second compilation “Her Porn, volume 2”. Petra is very pleased about the cash prizes that the award's sponsor pjur generously donated:
“To find funding for a female-made erotic film is still not easy so I hope that the prize money will help the winners to shoot and finance their next film.”
Louise Lush, the winner of the first prize added:
“Winning this award encouraged me to shoot more erotic films and tell more stories from a female perspective. Porn for women is about expressing female fantasies and validating female sexual experiences. And this is what I would like to do”
All winning film-makers share the feeling of empowerment and have pledged to shoot more erotic films in the future. Hopefully the event will encourage even more women to get behind the camera in a field that is still male dominated to redress the gender balance in (erotic) film-making. For Petra Joy the competition and awards ceremony have a special relevance:
“This evening was so far the highlight of my work in creating erotica for women. I am so proud that I was able to be a catalyst for the film-makers to make their fantastic films and hope to inspire more women to shoot erotica from a female perspective. I am confident that the genre “porn for women” will continue to exist as a new generation of female film-makers step into my footsteps and show us what they find erotic.”
You can see a trailer with excerpts of the winning films here. The full versions of all winning films appeared on “Her Porn, Volume Two”, published in Spring 2010.