Every year, by awarding the Berlinale Camera, the Berlinale pays tribute to personalities and institutions that have made a unique contribution to film and to whom the festival feels especially close. This way, the Berlinale expresses its gratitude to those who have become great friends and supporters of the festival.
The Berlinale Camera has been awarded since 1986. Until the year 2003, this award was donated by the Berlin jeweler David Goldberg. The following year, the studio Georg Hornemann Objects of Düsseldorf assumed patronage. For the 2008 Berlinale, the trophy has been re-designed by the goldsmith Hornemann: the new Berlinale Camera comprises 128 individual parts and resembles a real film camera. Many of the silver and titanium parts from the swivel head to the tripod are moveable.
At the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival Berlin, actress and director Isabella Rossellini as well as filmmaker and writer Rosa von Praunheim were awarded Berlinale Cameras. Furthermore, US filmmaker Richard Linklater was honoured with a surprise Berlinale Camera.