WOMAN FILMMAKER FINDING FUNDING: Malsano Nomata Amo (Disease Called Love) by Natalie MacMahon

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Natalie MacMahon is a filmmaker based in Berlin. She has enjoyed success at international film festivals in recent years with her short films and web series’, most notably ‘Universala Amrakonto/A Universal Love Story‘ an Esperanto fantasy drama. Given her passion as a translator and the reception by Esperanto enthusiasts for A Universal Love Story, MacMahon’s latest project will also feature Esperanto elements.

Malsano Nomata Amo/A Disease Called Love‘ is not a love story, but a story about love. It is an anti-love story about a soceity where love has become a crime and Esperanto a forbidden language, only used by those who don’t follow the rules despite all consequences.

Natalie has recently set up a Patreon for Malsano Nomata Amo where Patrons can support the project for as little as $5/month, with exclusive updates and benefits.

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WOMAN FILMMAKER FINDING FUNDING: Malsano Nomata Amo (Disease Called Love) by Natalie MacMahon


“Malsano Nomata Amo”- the new web series in Esperanto is only in Pre-Production and already got so much interest from all over the world- which is why we decided to publish this exclusive interview with writer & director Natalie MacMahon!




Why are you making the web series?

I had the idea for “Malsano Nomata Amo” not too long ago, when people asked me if I would do another film project in Esperanto. I made the Esperanto sci-fi drama “A Universal Love Story” (“Universala Amrakonto”) two years ago and ever since its premiere last year in the summer there has been a lot of positive feedback, so I was trying to think of a way to share more with people who don’t normally have the chance to go to all of these film festivals, where my films are playing. That’s why I thought making a web series would be a perfect way to do both: making the content available to everyone and still participate in festivals. The main idea of the web series is loosely based on “A Universal Love Story”- at least the theme of love and Esperanto as a language that represents emotions and openness towards each other is part of it as well.

Why should I watch “Malsano Nomata Amo”?
You should watch it, if you like “what-if scenarios” like me. What if in a future version of our society love was considered a dangerous disease and therefore forbidden? What if Esperanto became a forbidden language because it represents everything
that love stands for? What would you do? Would you follow the rules or would you rebel against it?

What type of feedback have you received so far?
Even though we are only in pre-production, many people have contacted me and expressed their interest in the web series, which is why I created the Patreon campaign, so people get to be part of the process right from the beginning and get a chance to learn more about the background and production process.

What exactly are people going to see on Patreon?
Patreons will be able to get insights into the script, they will be part of the casting process and get to know the actors better, they can be part of the location scouting, rehearsing when the actors learn their Esperanto parts, they can ask questions at all times and of course our Patreons will get exclusive updates during and after the shoot and will even get to see the first pictures of the shoot.

What’s a key question that will help spark a debate or begin a conversation about the web series?

Should love be considered to be disease?

Can you tell us more about the story?
“Malsano Nomata Amo” tells the story of a society where love is considered a disease and therefore forbidden. Esperanto is the language people use to express their feelings and English more of a business language. To suppress any kind of emotions people may have, Esperanto also becomes a forbidden language, which people only use secretly. But as security guards are constantly watching them and listening to everything they say, people risk being punished when using this secret language. Eventually people find their own ways to do what they are not supposed to do. So there is a secret underground parallel world in this society, where people communicate in Esperanto with each other and get to experience different kinds of emotions- always knowing that they can be caught at any time.

When is the web series going to be online?
Next year in 2019. The exact date will be announced towards the end of this year.



New Film “The Funeral Dancer” has been shot!

Natalie’s new short film, the sci-fi drama “The Funeral Dancer” has been shot in Berlin last week and the editing process has already started!


If you are curious to find out more about Natalie’s latest project, follow “The Funeral Dancer” on Facebook:


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Thanks to our amazing set photographer Roman Benbihy, we also got some fantastic pictures of the shoot:


“The Funeral Dancer” tells the story of “Jazz”, who works as a funeral entertainer which has become one of the best paid jobs in a world, where funerals are a status symbol and at the same time an obligation to entertain relatives, friends and work colleagues alike. Expectations are high, morals are low. While Jazz tries to entertain the mourners, she is forced to face severe problems of her own.
language: German, available with English, Spanish, Italian and French subtitles

Stay tuned for all updates and news!


New Film “The Funeral Dancer” has been shot!

Support and become part of Natalie’s new project in Esperanto!!!

For all Esperanto enthusiasts! Become part of Natalie’s new web series in ESPERANTO called “Malsano Nomata Amo” ! (“A Disease Called Loved”) !!!! 

After the success of Natalie’s short film “A Universal Love Story” in Esperanto, she is now planning a new web series in Esperanto called “Malsano Nomata Amo”!

Good news: you can support this project now on Patreon:


Let’s create some more video content in Esperanto together!

Plot Outline:
This is not a love story, but it is a story about love. It is an anti-love story, about a society, where love has become a crime and Esperanto a forbidden language, only used by those who don’t follow the rules despite all consequences.

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Support and become part of Natalie’s new project in Esperanto!!!

Natalie goes to CANNES!!!

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Founder of the Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin- FFFB
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Natalie will be attending Cannes to pitch the script of her feature film “Hot Scary Summer” and to promote her new film festival for female filmmakers called the “The Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin” (FFFB). Natalie MacMahon attended Film Acting School in Berlin. She went on to write her first script for the short film “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry”, which has been screened at numerous international film festivals. She followed this with her film noir style short films “Like A Summer Sonata” and “Lola wants to see the sea”, which were equally successful.
In 2017, Natalie released “It’s getting darker every day”, a dark sci-fi drama set in the future, as well as her melancholic Esperanto short “A Universal Love Story”. The young director just finished her sci-fi genre mix “The Redhead” and has started working on her first feature film script. Alongside her work as a screenwriter and director, Natalie continues to work as an experienced actress, presenter and translator.


Natalie goes to CANNES!!!

“A Universal Love Story”- the success continues for this unique film in Esperanto!!!


After an extremely successful start in 2017 with many festival screenings, the success of  “A Universal Love Story” continues! Here is a quick overview of our recent successes and screenings:

We WON the award for “Best Experimental Film” at the “Porto Femme International Film Festival” in Portugal:


It has been nominated as “Best Fantasy Short” at the “Genre Celebration Film Festival”!


We had a successful screening at the fantastic “Tallahassee Film Festival”!


And also at a very unique Pop Up Film Festival at a Bunker in Cologne called “Eintagsfliege”!


And WON at the “Top Indie Film Awards” in the category “Best Original idea”!

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And now we are looking forward to our next screening at the amazing “Madeira Film Festival”!


In June “A Universal Love Story” will also be screened at the “Porto Femme International Festival”!

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“A Universal Love Story” will be screened at the 50th “Fotogramma d’Oro Short Film Film Festival” on May 23 in Messina, Italy with italian subtitles!!!!



And we also had great screenings at the “Ibiza International Film Festival”:


soon to come:


Stay tuned for more exciting updates!!!

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“A Universal Love Story”- the success continues for this unique film in Esperanto!!!

Lola wants to see…BERLIN”!

TODAY “Lola wants to see the sea” will be screened at the fantastic “GRRL Haus Cinema” film event!

After travelling the world, Lola has arrived back in Berlin!

Check it out and thanks to “GRRL Haus Cinema” for the support!





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Lola wants to see…BERLIN”!

Check out the Berlinale issue of “German Films Quarterly” featuring my new film “The Redhead”!

Get your copy of the new “German Films Quarterly” issue at Berlinale featuring  “The Redhead”:

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This is the official website of the film:


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REVIEW of the film (By “Largo Film Awards”):

The plot is an elliptical day-to-day of a “call center” type of business, one that acts as a hotline service for women who feel stalked or in danger while walking alone at night. Simultaneously, one employee spends his downtime in a virtual reality simulation.

The film spirals toward its feverish nightclub conclusion, in which the protagonist’s infatuation with the girl from the simulation bleeds into reality, where the man who is supposed to be acting as a barrier for predators in fact becomes the predator himself. Intercut with scenes of him at work in finding the client’s location, this conclusion serves as a final testament to the film’s power. It confronts the issue of sexual harassment/predation in a distanced, almost clinical, way. Decent acting, cinematography, and an engaging electronic score aside, it is ultimately the directing that makes “The Redhead” successful in what it sets out to do.

MacMahon’s film is an effective study of obsessive attraction due to its technical artistry, presenting its story in a way that avoids conventionality from the start.

Check out the Berlinale issue of “German Films Quarterly” featuring my new film “The Redhead”!

Natalie’s first short film “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” as well as her second short film “Like A Summer Sonata” are now available on REALEYZ!

Natalie’s very first shortfilm “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” is now on the number one streaming platform for independent films “Realeyz”!

You can watch the full film on the website:


And also Natalie’s second short film “Like A Summer Sonata” is now available in full length on “Realeyz”- a streaming platform for independent films:



Natalie’s first short film “The Man Who Couldn’t Cry” as well as her second short film “Like A Summer Sonata” are now available on REALEYZ!

Official trailer of new short film “The Redhead” released!

After releasing some pictures of our shoot for my new short film “The Redhead” this summer, many people have been asking for more information about the film. Good news!

Today we are releasing the official trailer of “The Redhead”!

Be one of the first to watch it:

Also check out our brand new website:


Interview with #wearemovingstories


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Official trailer of new short film “The Redhead” released!