GRRL HAUS CINEMA is an ongoing program of short films and video art made by women, non-binary, trans and genderqueer artists. A mix of local, national, and international artists present work from a variety of disciplines: narrative, documentary, experimental, and conceptual. With an emphasis on low budget and DIY, GRRL HAUS is a space for underrepresented voices in media arts.
We accept submissions on a rolling basis. GRRL HAUS is not your typical ﬁlm festival, instead of having one big event - we have multiple events throughout the year. Our goal is to show as many quality short films made by women, non-binary, genderqueer, and trans people to an international audience.
We curate and select films for different thematic screenings, our main venues are "The Brattle Theatre" in Cambridge, MA USA and in Berlin Germany we have summer screenings through "Mobile Kino" and monthly events at "Loophole Berlin".
Any film submitted will be considered for all of our screening locations and we keep all film submissions on file for consideration for future screenings.
Our end of the year Brattle Theatre “Best of the year” screenings occur in early December. Please know that if we accept your film in one of our other screenings - that does not guarantee that your film will be in the end of the year screening.
We completely celebrate DIY culture and focus on sharing works to all diﬀerent types of audiences. This can include audiences at international museums or to audiences at underground clubs. We believe that every audience deserves the chance to see these works, rather than just the typical ﬁlm festival networking crowd. We want to reach all audiences and celebrate the inclusivity of creative and unique work in film.
Our international screenings are curated from our over 400 yearly submissions. Through these submissions we select our favorite short films. This includes our end of the year festival screening at the Brattle Theatre and museum screenings at the prestigious Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston.
Mobile Kino Screenings:
We hold 3-4 screenings through Mobile Kino Berlin a year. These screenings we curate around the best of our local short film submissions and a selection of international short films. We invite the filmmakers to Q&A’s following the screenings, where they discuss their works.
Loophole Monthly Screenings:
Once a month GRRL HAUS hosts screenings at Loophole Berlin. These events focus on sharing local films by local filmmakers.
These events build up our sense of local community and follows through with one of our founding principles : sharing our excitement and love for low budget, DIY events and making them accessible to everyone.
Online Screenings / Gimme 5:
At GRRL HAUS CINEMA we were forced to cancel many of our events due to the pandemic, and every artist on our program list was left without a show venue. Energized and in defiance of the virus, we wanted now more than ever to keep going. We want the artists to keep going. We want to encourage them to stay active, to create, and most importantly to show their work. We want to reverse the status quo of art being left behind in times of crisis when it is needed most.
For past two years (and into the future) we have been running online screenings, which we have been curating and presenting live on our online platform. We have been hosting these themed screenings on our website and Vimeo, as well as promoting all the films on our social media platforms. We host 10-15 short films on our site for a week. And then we remove them and continue hosting other themed sets.
Through these screenings our audiences are able to watch amazing short films in the comfort and safety of their home. All of the online screenings are free to watch, so they are accessible to anyone in these uncertain times.
GRRL HAUS started in 2014 at the Brattle Theatre in Cambridge, MA, USA. Since then the event has showcased over 400 filmmakers, including multiple musical performances, video art installations, exhibitions and local vendors. In 2016 GRRL HAUS relocated to Berlin Germany and started hosting small screenings of local films. As we established are identity in Berlin we began to include music and arts.
Within the past few years we have grown to not just showcase films, but also art, music, dance, photography, handmade crafts and clothing, and even tarot, astrology and spiritual meet ups. The idea of GRRL HAUS is constantly expanding. We believe in no boundaries for creativity and are constantly looking for new ways to celebrate the work of underrepresented people.
For our complete history of screenings, events, exhibitions, concerts and parties - you can view all our teasers and selected artists on our Media page :
Past and Current partners, venues, curation teams and organizations:
Dorchester Art Project
DMP Sci-Fi Sleepover at Babylon Kino
Feminist Film Festival (FeFi)
GIF - Girls in Film
Institute of Contemporary Art Boston
Lakeside Film Festival
Lesben- und Schwulenverband : LSVD
Under the Underground
What our selected filmmakers receive:
- If selected for one of our live screenings - filmmakers plus one of their guests will receive free passes to the the event.
- Selected films will have the possibility of screening in other events in the future.
- GRRL HAUS regularly recommends, curates and juries for other film festivals. We keep an archive of all our submissions and often send recommendations to other festivals/ programs/curation teams.
- Films and Directors name will be permanently listed on the GRRL HAUS CINEMA site, and in all of our social media pages.
- We heavily promote all of our selected artists work. This includes making trailers for all events and making feature posts on individual artists on our social media channels.
- Films must be directed or written by a women or non-binary or trans person. Co- directed or Co-written also acceptable.
- We accepts films in any genre. If you don't know where your film fits in our category listing - please select "other"
- Films should be less than 30 min long
- Worldwide submissions accepted
- Films submitted must be in digital format.
- Filmmakers must agree to the use of their film stills and clips of films being included in promotional materials and trailers for the event
- All languages are accepted. Non-English language films must have embedded English subtitles
- The submitter must be either the director or producer of the work (or have the permission of the director/producer and email of the director/producer must be provided).
- Entries must be submitted by individuals 18 or older.
-The submission fee covers our assessment of your film to see if it is a good fit for our audience, and is non-refundable.