Berlin Porn Film Festival (Event Review)

Now in its second year, the Berlin Porn Film Festival screened 150 dirty movies over five days in late October. Think about that for a minute: that’s a lot of porn. As something of a professional porn watcher myself, I saved up my energy and refrained from watching (much) porn before I crossed an ocean to sit in the dark and watch dirty movies with European strangers. Not satisfied with merely screening 25 films a day at three different movie theaters around Berlin, the Festival’s organizers also organized a nightly afterparty at the L.U.X. Nachtbar with a variety of performers — plus, there were workshops, panels, and art shows at venues all over the city. Suffice to say: this was not a wee event taking place in a remote, run-down porn theater with sticky floors.

My boyfriend and I arrived in Berlin on a delightfully overcast Wednesday, and after a nap and shower in an attempt to shake our jetlaggy grogginess, we were introduced to an interesting cast of characters. Joe Gallant, my favorite New York smutmeister, was a familiar face — but Mouse, a performance artist and all around dirty girl from London, and Jimmy Picker, an animator from New York, were strangers. Joe’s films Atomic Skullfuck Orgy and Ave. X, were screening during the festival, Mouse would be performing during the opening night party, and Jimmy Picker’s animated film “The Age of Ignorance” was featured during the short film program.

Read more at Eros Zine.

Photos by Audacia Ray.

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