Berlinale: Prizes Independent Juries

Prizes of the Independent Juries

A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award.

Since 1992, the international film organisations of the Protestant and Catholic Churches - INTERFILM and SIGNIS - have been represented by the Ecumenical Jury. It consists of six members and awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It also awards two other prizes, both worth 2,500 Euros, one to a film from the Panorama and one to a film in the Forum.

The prizes go to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values.

Members of the Jury 2016
Rev. Micah Bucey
Prof. Dr. phil. Hans-Joachim Neubauer
Prof. Aurore Renaut
Callum Ryan
Jacques Vercueil
Marisa Winter

The juries of the “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique” (FIPRESCI), the international film critics association, view films from the Competition programme and the Panorama and Forum sections. They award a prize for the best film in each of these sections.

Members of the Jury 2016

José Romero
Mohammed Rouda
Mr. Clarence Tsui

Thomas Abeltshauser
Dana Duma
Carlo Gentile

Tara Judah
Alberto Ruiz Ramos
Bettina Schuler

The jury of the "Gilde deutscher Filmkunsttheater“ (Guild of German Art House Cinemas) is composed of three members who run cinemas and are members of the Guild. The jury awards its prize to a film screened in the Competition.

Members of the Jury 2016
Louis Anschütz
Hans-Jörg Blondiau
Adrian Kutter

The "Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai" (C.I.C.A.E.), the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas, forms one jury for the Panorama and one for the Forum. Each jury awards one prize in its section.

Members of the Jury 2016
Tiziano Gamberini
Ewa Kujawińska
Richard Nüsken

Michal Matuszewski
Aistė Račaitytė
Lysann Windisch

Launched for the first time in 2003 within the Cannes Film Festival, the "Europa Cinemas Label" has been created in order to help European films increase their distribution and raise their profile with audiences and media. The Label is since then awarded by a jury of five member exhibitors to a European film selected in the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes and since 2004 in the Venice Days. Since 2005, Europa Cinemas has been cooperating with the Berlinale to award the Label in the Panorama section.

Members of the Jury 2016
Greta Akcijonaite
Mathias Holtz
Malgorzata Kuzdra
Torsten Raab

The Teddy Award – the most outstanding queer film prize in the world – is a socially engaged, political honour presented to films and people who communicate queer themes on a broad social platform, thereby contributing to tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society.

During the Berlinale the award is presented in the following categories: Best Feature, Best Documentary / Essay Film and Best Short Film as well as the Special Jury Award. Every year films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the Teddy Awards.

In 2016 the Teddy is celebrating its 30th anniversary.

Special Teddy Award 2016

Christine Vachon

With her company, Killer Films, Christine Vachon has been producing movies for over 20 years. Without these works both queer and US-independent cinema would be hard to imagine – a dozen of these films have been shown in Berlinale programmes. In the early 1980s, as a student at Brown University, she met Todd Haynes, whose debut film, Poison (Teddy Award 1991), became the first feature film she produced. Ever since they have been an effective team. Vachon also produced the Academy Award-winning films Boys Don’t Cry (Best Actress, Hilary Swank 2000) and Still Alice (Best Actress, Julianne Moore 2015); and last year, once more for Todd Haynes, Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Christine Vachon will be honoured with the Special Teddy at this year’s award ceremony. She will be a guest of the Queer Academy Summit and present, as part of the Teddy30 anniversary programme, the Killer Films production Hedwig and the Angry Inch by John Cameron Mitchell, which won the Teddy Award in 2001.

Members of the Jury 2016
Augustas Čičelis, Lithuania
Alexandra Carastoian, Romania
Alice Royer, USA
Dagmar Brunow, Germany
Adán Salinas Alverdi, Mexico
Nosheen Khwaja, Scotland
Serubiri Moses, Uganda
Xiaogang Wei, China
Jay Lin, Taiwan

In 2012, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section’s eleventh year, the Berlinale launched the “Made in Germany - Perspektive Fellowship”, funded by Glashütte Original. The 15,000-euro fellowship is conceived to support emerging German directors in developing a film project, material and screenplay, and will be awarded to a talented new filmmaker from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. All of the directors who presented films in the Perspektive programme of the previous year can apply.
See also Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship

Members of the Jury 2016
Sandra Hüller
Ingo Haeb
Martin Heisler

A five-person jury awards the Caligari Film Prize to a film in the Forum. The prize is sponsored by the "German Federal Association of Communal Film Work" and “filmdienst” magazine. The winning film is honoured with 4,000 Euros, half of which is given to the director, the other half is meant to fund distribution.

Members of the Jury 2016
Wolfgang Dittrich-Windhüfel
Christine Müh
Rüdiger Suchsland

The jury comprises seven members who view films from all sections. The Peace Film Prize includes a prize money of 5,000 euros and is awarded in the form of a bronze sculpture by Otmar Alt. It is supported by the Zehlendorf Peace Intiative, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Weltfriedensdienst e.V..

Members of the Jury 2016
Matthias Coers
Teboho Edkins
Helgard Gammert
Ulrike Gruska
Michael Kotschi
Lena Müller
Yael Reuveny
Christian Römer

The German branch of Amnesty International has awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize for the first time at the Berlinale 2005. The prize is worth 5,000 Euros. The jury will view films entered into the Competition, Panorama, Forum and Generation sections, paying special attention to documentaries. The aim of the prize is to draw the attention of audiences and representatives of the film industry to the theme of human rights and encourage filmmakers to tackle this topic.

Members of the Jury 2016
Meret Becker
Dani Levy
Anne-Catherine Paulisch

A three-person jury awards the Heiner Carow Prize for the promotion of German cinematic arts to a documentary, feature or essay film in the Panorama section. The award is sponsored by the DEFA Foundation and is worth 5,000 euros. The prize honours films that address the social and political issues of today and in history with extraordinary aesthetic means.

Members of the Jury 2016
Dirk Kummer
Lindsey Merrison
Sabine Söhner

Readers' Juries and Audience Awards

All Berlinale visitors can vote for the Panorama Audience Award by filling in a vote sheet. The prize was started in 1999 and is made possible by a joint initiative between the Berlin city magazine tip, the radio channel radioeins and the Panorama section itself.

The jury is made up of twelve readers of the daily newspaper "Berliner Morgenpost". The prize is awarded to a feature film in the Competition section.

Since the Berlinale 2007, the Berlin-based national daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel" has awarded a Readers' Prize. The jury consists of nine members and the prize is given to the best film in the Forum.

Prizes Berlinale Co-Production Market & Berlinale Talents

Since 2011, ARTE has presented the ARTE International Prize, which is worth €6,000 and goes to one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

In 2015 the renowned Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which comes with a prize money of EUR 20,000, was given to the producers of one of around 25 projects selected from the Berlinale Co-Production Market for the first time. Eligible for the award are Co-Production Market projects that have been conceived from the outset as theatrical co-productions involving at least two eligible Eurimages countries. These co-productions may not, however, be solely financial in nature. Outstanding artistic quality and a project’s chances of being realised as a majority European co-production are the main criteria for selecting the winner.

The Talent Project Market offers about ten producers and directors taking part in Berlinale Talents the opportunity to present their project to potential coproducers and backers at the Berlinale Co-Prouduction Market. Since 2004, the 10,000 euro VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award has been donated by the VFF copyright agency for film and TV producers during the Talent Project Market. An international jury presents the award to the most promising project in terms of its realisability and potential as a film production.

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for International Cooperation between young German filmmakers and their partners from the Arab World (member countries of the Arab League). The prizes are awarded in the categories short animation, documentary (short or feature length), and short fiction film. Young filmmakers in the fields of production, directing, cinematography, and scriptwriting are given an opportunity to explore the methods and creative styles of their partner country. The Film Prize’s award ceremony is held during Berlinale Talents.