The first Chinese production about a relationship between two women - Li Yu's Fish And Elephant -, Marilyn Freeman's study of group therapy GROUP, and Eliane de Latour's documentary Bronx-Barbes about teenage gangs in the West African city of Abidjan are among seven international films selected to compete for the Debut Prize at this year's International Women's Film Festival 'Feminale' (October 2-6) in Cologne.

The complete competition line-up for the Euros 2,500 prize donated by the Cologne City Savings Bank is:

Bronx-Barbes - dir: Eliane de Latour (France)
By Hook Or By Crook - dirs: Silas Howard and Harriet Dodge (USA)
Fish And Elephant - dir: Li Yu (China)
GROUP - dir: Marilyn Freeman (USA)
Meghla Akash - dir: Nargis Akter (Bangladesh)
Take Care Of My Cat - dir: Jeong Jae-Eun (Korea)
Un Dia De Suerte - dir: Sandra Gugliotta (Argentina)

The world's second largest women's festival after Creteil, the 2002 edition of the Feminale will be showing 120 film and video productions by women filmmakers from 24 countries, including a portrait of UK director Ngozi Onwurah and sidebars dedicated to Cuban women's cinema and Maya Deren as well as the latest in lesbian and transgender films.