If women are to be able to focus on artistic pursuits, what they need most is support from other women, Rajashree Warrier, dancer, said here on Thursday.

She was speaking at the inaugural ceremony of the Female Film Festival.

More often than not, women are able to devote time to art after meeting their family and societal commitments. That said, women have the advantage over men in being able to face society in a very natural way. They do not put on masks, she said.

In her inaugural address, Mayor K. Chandrika pointed out that though there were many women acting in movies, there very few women who operated the camera, directed movies or did other technical work. The four-day film festival has been organised jointly by the Kerala Sthree Padana Kendram, the Kerala University Union, the Chalachithra Academy and the FFSA. More than a dozen feature films from Iran, Egypt, the U.S., Germany, Israel, France, and Ireland and 11 documentaries are being screened. A competition section will be there for short films and documentaries directed by women and those that have a women-centric theme. A seminar and an open forum have been scheduled as part of the fest.