Some Prefer Cake

Some Prefer Cake is a lesbian and feminist film festival in Bologna, Italy. It was established in 2009 to celebrate the richness of lesbian international film.

Lesbian film festival in Bologna, Italy
Some Prefer Cake
Location Bologna
Established 2006
Website someprefercakefestival.com

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The festival was founded in 2006 by Luki Massa and Marta Bencich, who continued to direct and organize it,[1] until 2014, when Massa became ill. She died in 2016.[2] The Fuoricampo Lesbian Group, which had always been involved in the festival, reorganized with other key festival personnel to create the Luki Massa Association, and renewed the festival in 2017, which is now produced by the Comunicattive Association,[3] and dedicated to Massa.[2]

Some Prefer Cake is a political endeavor, dedicated to fighting fascism, racism, repression and violence, and supporting those who fight and “boycott the neoliberal and neofundamentalist systems of patriarchal power”. The festival considers itself part of this fight, giving visibility to women’s and rebel non-conforming lesbian’s stories, in the struggle against heteronormativity, illness, loneliness, environmental destruction, and politically oppressive systems.[4]

In addition to screening over 50 films depicting these stories in various genres, including narrative, short, documentary, animation, web series and experimental, the festival includes discussion and panels, art exhibits, social gatherings and a party. The festival takes place over 5 days, and hosts over 6000 attendees.

The festival grants an audience awards, and also grants jury awards for the best films in the documentary, fiction and short film categories.[5]

Year Award Category Winner
2012 Audience Best Narrative Feature Thom Fitzgerald, Cloudburst
Best Documentary Zanele Muholi and Peter Goldsmid, A Difficult Love
Best Short Petra Clever, The Mermaids
Jury Best Narrative Feature Aurora Guerrero, Mosquita y Mari
Narrative Feature – Special Mention Veronica Kedar, Joe + Belle
Best Documentary Zanele Muholi and Peter Goldsmid, A Difficult Love
Documentary- Special Mention Dagmar Schultz, Audre Lorde: The Berlin Years 1984 to 1992
Best Short Adiya Imri Orr, Tfarim (Stitches)
Short – Special Mention “Sirka” Capone, Dhé Lell World
2013 Audience Best Narrative Feature Margarita Albelo, Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf
Best Documentary The Love Part of This
Best Short Re(l) episode 5, “Chain Reactions”
Jury Best Narrative Feature Subarna Thapa, Soongava: Dance of the Orchids
Best Documentary Nocem Collado, Cartografia de la Soledad
Best Short Ipek Efe and Berna Kuculmez, Pardon! Kim, Ben mi?
Short – Special Mention Janella Lacson, The First Date
2014 Audience Best Narrative Feature Bruno Barreto, Reaching for the Moon
Best Documentary Pratibha Parmar, Alice Walker: Beauty In Truth
Best Short Jaime Maestro, Orbitas
Jury Best Narrative Feature Madeleine Olnek, The Foxy Merkins
Best Documentary Esther Hoffenberg, Violette Leduc, la chasse à l’amour
Documentary- Special Mention Thembela Dick, Thokozani Football Club: Team Spirit
Best Short René Guerra and Juliana Vicente, O Olho eo Zarolho
Short – Special Mention Jaime Maestro, Orbitas
2017 Audience Best Narrative Feature Lisa Gornick, The Book of Gabrielle
Best Documentary Catherine Gund & Daresha Kyi, Chavela
Best Short Sarah Santamaria-Mertens, Blind Sex
Best Web Series 10percento
Jury Best Narrative Feature Lisa Gornick, The Book of Gabrielle
Best Documentary C. Fitz, Jewel’s Catch One
Best Short Valentina Pedicini, Era ieri
2018 Audience Best Narrative Feature Anchor and Hope by Carlos Marques-Marcet
Best Documentary The Passionate Pursuits of Angela Bowen by Jennifer Abod and Mary Duprey
Best Short A Great Ride by Deborah Craig and Veronica Deliz
Jury Best Narrative Feature Anchor and Hope by Carlos Marques-Marcet
Best Short Fran This Summer by Mary Evangelista
Special Mention A Great Ride by Deborah Craig and Veronica Deliz
Best Documentary Silvana by Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring & Christina Tsiobanel

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