What are the first images that come to mind when you hear the word ‘porn’? You think of mainstream porn videos of girls getting fucked in every humanly possible position and the obligatory cum shot on her face to indicate the end of the action. This is porn, no doubt about it, but if you visit the Pornfilmfestival Berlin you will come to understand that this is just one part of a very broad pornographic spectrum.
Pornography in my definition is the visualisation of sexual fantasies with the aim to stimulate and turn us on. To me this means it can literally be anything. As soon as our ancestors were able to they depicted sexual acts for their pleasure. The desire to look at sexually more or less explicit imagery has always been a part of our lives, it will continue to be and let’s just be frank about it: there is nothing wrong with that. With the easy access to pornography nowadays there are a few things we should be aware of, though. This is where I think the Pornfilmfestival Berlin plays a very significant part.
For one, the festival is about awareness of the people that work in the adult industry, the producers, performers, sex workers, and learning about why they do what they do, how they work and especially their struggles with society’s hypocrisy and double standards regarding their jobs. Let me give you some examples.
Olivier Ducastel et Jacques Martineau


What we are allowed to see and what not

We all consume porn and enjoy it. At the same time we say – or preferably ‘we are meant to believe’ – pornography is bad and allow political interference and censorship of content that is made by consenting adults (for instance certain BDSM acts or the depiction the male body). A book/film such as Fifty Shades of Grey that portrays a completely ridiculous perception of a BDSM relationship can be a bestseller, though, and put teenagers/young adults who have no understanding of this type of adult play under a lot of psychological strain.

“I don’t want to pay for porn!”

We go to Tube sites to get our quick fix, not spending one thought about the fact that this free content has mostly been stolen. The people who make these video’s for a living do not earn a cent for their work through these channels. Consequently, the salaries of adult performers have decreased significantly. Why pay for porn, many people say. Well, how about because what these performers and producers do, is work and they deserve to get payed for that just like anyone else? 

Look in the mirror
On top of all that the very same people who have sex, who masturbate, consume porn and use the services of sex workers judge the people who have made it their job to please our sexual needs, especially when they have kids. You can’t make porn, be a sex worker, a sex blogger, selling sex toys, etc. and raise a child properly, right? There we have the hypocrisy of a completely over-sexualised society in a nutshell. 

At the Pornfilmfestival Berlin the people creating porn do not only get a face and a voice. We are forced to look in the mirror, have a critical look at our porn-consuming behaviour, false assumptions and prejudices we continue to spread that have been keeping sexual hypocrisy and double standards alive. 

Secondly, the festival is about two questions: what is porn and where is porn? By watching their carefully selected films and documentaries the festival shows there are so many very well made, original, interesting, provocative, different and very hot productions out there. Porn made by creative, enthusiastic women and men, in which consenting adults truly have fun, show authentic desire, explore their boundaries and experience real orgasms. Their films make you realise that if you only look closely enough, you can find something that triggers lustful thoughts and sensations everywhere.


What is porn? Porn is fantasy. Porn is variety. Porn is creativity. Porn is every where. Don’t feel ashamed about it. And don’t get blind-sighted. Open your eyes. 


A tip for regular visitors of the Pornfilmfestival Berlin:
As soon as the program is known, reserve your tickets! !
A tip for people with accreditation (press and producers):
You can only reserve tickets for films that are being shown on the same or the next day, not for the whole festival at once. If you don’t want to risk standing in line for nothing, get your tickets for the next day early in the morning. Your accreditation does not guarantee a spot.
General tip:
Be aware that there might not be many straight, explicit films being shown at the festival. I am not sure why this is the case. Is it because there are not many interesting straight productions out there? If so, that should definitely change. Let’s work on that! 🙂