I want to take this opportunity to thank all the lovely women I co-operated with this year on a variety of projects. It has been wonderful to work this year on Her Porn 4, the brand-new compilation which will be out in February 2013. Existing friendships with filmmakers whose work I value like Candida Royalle, Annie Sprinkle, Tristan Taormino and Shine Louise Houston were strengthened and new connections with newly emerging filmmakers were forged.
It makes me happy to use my experience and connections to successfully distribute other filmmakers such as the gifted Maria Beatty in the Germany and the UK as of this year. We started with Strap on Motel and will continue in 2013 with further titles. (more…)
After the success of the first Petra Joy Awards in 2009, it took me some time to run this short film competition for new female erotic filmmakers again. I lost my previous sponsor and was not able to find another one. Various companies offered to donate some goods in exchange for their branding plastered all over the awards, but no one was willing to donate the prize money.
Because this award is so important to me I did not want to give up. So I decided to put my money where my mouth is and to save up the prize money for the winning films of the new competition over a couple of years. I remembered how in 2004 my life changed completely when Emma, a woman I met on an erotic photo shoot commission, decided to pay for the postproduction of Sexual Sushi so it could finally be released. Without Emma’s help maybe Sexual Sushi would have never been published and I might not have had the guts or finance to ever shoot another erotic film. Emma’s direct action of investing some money into me changed my life forever. I will be eternally grateful to her and felt the wish to give to other women what she gave to me. Now I want to inspire other women to make their dreams come true, express their fantasies and believe in themselves.
The results of this short film competition under the topic of “Female Fantasies” are fantastic: No subject is taboo. Yes, some women enjoy paying a man for sex! Yes, some women enjoy being dominated in a consensual SM scenario! Yes, many women would love to hang out in the dark room of a gay club to watch the men get it on. Yes, most of us like to be licked by a lover with a skilled tongue (illustrated beautifully in the animation Naked Love by Sara Koppel). Our sexuality is as multi-coloured as a rainbow.
The positive reactions I got from the winners of this year’s awards have been overwhelming. All of the women felt honoured to win and it meant the world to them to have their work recognised and to be encouraged to continue their creative journey.
Morgana, who won the first prize for her gutsy autobiographic film “Duty Bound” in which she shows us how she left a loveless marriage behind and made her fantasies come true, wrote to me:
“When I first read your website and PJ Awards site, I had this immediate sense, that you were my kindred spirit, urging me to unshackle my past and giving me permission to release this voice within me, that has been just below the surface my entire life, screaming to be heard. Duty Bound was conceived. Winning the PJ Award and the most incredible response to the film has left me in surreal state. With this win, I hope to meet other like-minded, non-judgmental people that believe and positively engage with and promote women and their sexuality.”
To receive an email like that touches me deeply. How wonderful that my short film competition was the catalyst for Morgana to shoot her film. Even better that the first prize has encouraged her to shoot more films in the future. This makes me happy. Much happier than if I had spent the money I had saved up on myself rather than donated it as prize money for the awards. Sometimes to give really means to receive!
Morgana closed her mail to me with the following lines:
“I can feel myself wanting to get up and dance, as I hear, Annie Lennox & Aretha Franklin sing:
Sisters are doing it for themselves,
Standing on their own two feet,
And ringing on their own bells…”
I am singing along to this – ever since the eighties this is one of the sisterhood anthems I love because it celebrates female independence as well as friendships between women. And it feels like through this year’s award new friendships and creative partnerships are blossoming.
It was a pleasure to see that two of the winning films, Corpuscle (by: Exotica Loom) and Taken (by: Gala Vanting and Aven Frey who have now set up sensatefilms.com) were created by two women working together as a team. Sisters are not just doing it, but doing it together… More and more creative partnerships in expressing female sexuality on film are formed all over the world and I think this is wonderful. We prove the sexist stereotypes about female competitiveness wrong.
Another trend in female erotic filmmaking seems to be that indeed it is hot hot hot down under: This year’s first prize, Duty Bound, as well as the runner up Taken, have been produced in Australia. The legal restrictions on producing and distributing porn in Australia seem to have the opposite effect of what the government intended: female-made porn seems to be thriving right now. There is an ever-growing community who shoot porn and especially Melbourne seems a hotspot for alternative erotica. Oz is of course the country that brought us great VOD sites like beautiful agony and many women who previously performed on these sites have now taken the camera into their own hands to shoot films about sex.
Already the winning filmmakers are hooking up, planning to shoot new films together and you never know, I might be on my way to sunny Melbourne next year too to co-operate with Gala, Aven and Morgana. How wonderful that we are connected across continents and generations. Together we grow. Together we can change the world. Word by word. Image by image.
You can read more about the filmmakers and see clips from the awarded films here.
We’re delighted to announce that the 2012 winners of the Petra Joy Awards have been announced. You can find out who won, and view clips of the winning entries, on the Awards Winners page of the Petra Joy Awards site.
We’d like to thank all the talented women who submitted an entry this year and congratulate the winners. The jury was very impressed with the high quality of the submissions, both technically and also for their content, celebrating many varieties of female fantasies.
The winning clips will be appearing on the forthcoming Her Porn Volume 4 compilation, due for release in February 2013.
Boobs are getting a lot of press at the moment, between the new movement to ban The Sun’s Page 3 almost-nude photo, and the furore over Kate Middleton’s topless sunbathing. Both stories show how far we have not travelled.
The Sun began featuring an image of a topless model on Page 3 of its daily newspaper in 1970. Over the years, several attempts to ban this practice have failed. In August, author and actor Lucy-Anne Holmes began her ‘No More Page 3’ campaign. Her petition on Change.org is gathering signatures fast. Holmes is hoping that the tide of social opinion is ready to turn.
The problem with Page 3 is that it sexualises women generally. A naked woman is not a news story. It simply panders to a male reader’s sexual desires. How it makes the women feel, sitting on either side of him on a packed commuter train, is often different. Objectifying women in a newspaper reinforces the notion that all women are sexually available at all times and are ultimately “sluts”. It’s perhaps not the right media in which to address sexual desire. (more…)
In case you missed them, you can view Petra’s recent television appearances online. First up is the Marcus Lanz show, broadcast on the ZDF channel in Germany on 4th September 2012. The entire show is available to watch online, with Petra’s interview starting at around 59 mins in. You can view it here.
Next is Petra’s appearance on the Aeschbacher show in Zurich, broadcast on the SF channel on the 6th September. You can view Petra’s interview as a standalone clip on the SF website here.
Both clips are in German only. We hope you enjoy them!
Petra will be appearing on Swiss TV tonight (6th Sept) on the Aeschbacher show on SF, starting at 20:00.
The programme will feature an in-depth interview with Petra alongside other guests. More Info on the programme on the SF Website.
You should be able to watch the programme on the SF website the day after the screening.
Petra will be appearing on German TV tonight (4th Sept) on the Marcus Lanz chat show on ZDF, starting at 23:15.
The programme will feature an in-depth interview with Petra alongside other guests. More Info on the programme on the ZDF Website.
You should be able to watch the programme on the ZDF website the day after the screening for one week.
I was shocked to learn that apparently in the last 10 years the number of women who had through the surgery on their vagina to minimise their labia (labiaplasty) has increased fivefold. Last year, 2000 women had the surgery done on the NHS. And this is just the tip of the iceberg, as there is no data available as to how many women had this surgery done privately.
Sarah Creighton, a clinical gynaecologist at the University College London Hospital, states that there is a massive increase in teenagers and young women who request this surgery even though they have perfectly normal and healthy vaginas. Creighton and clinical psychologist Lih-Mei Liao confirm that one of the reasons why so many women think their vagina is “not normal” is because there are hardly any images of normal vaginas published anywhere that women could look at for reassurance. (more…)
On the 24th August, Petra will be appearing on German TV: “3nach9″ on RadioBremen at 22:30
The programme will feature an in-depth interview with Petra alongside other guests. More Info on the programme on the RadioBremen Website.
You should be able to watch the programme on the RadioBremen website the day after the screening for one week.