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.

Prize Winner Competition 2017

Testről és lélekről
by Ildikó Enyedi

Jury Statement:
Many of us struggle with some kind of disability – whether physical or mental. Testről és lélekről (On Body and Soul) is a touching and twisted love story set in a slaughterhouse. The souls of the main characters seem to be connected but they struggle to come close physically. Ildikó Enyedi creates a tender visual story, activating our senses, while raising questions about our connection to each other. The film shows ways we can overcome our incomplete natures and connect with other physical beings.

Special Mention:
Una mujer fantástica
by Sebastián Lelio

Jury Statement:
This film is a moving story about a transgender woman in Chile. Despite social ostracism and personal humiliation, Marina continues to fight for her rights while maintaining her dignity. Refusing to only be identified by her sex, she struggles to have the freedom to live up to her full potential.

Prize Winner Panorama 2017

Tahqiq fel djenna
by Merzak Allouache

Jury Statement:
A young female Algerian journalist is investigating various Islamic accounts of paradise. This project shows the power of theological concepts and the influences they have on daily life, as well as displaying some of the fragmentations and diversities of Islamic religion. Merzak Allouache's film warns against the danger of interpreting paradise into a commodity where the cost is the life of young men and women.

Special Mention:
I Am Not Your Negro
by Raoul Peck

Jury Statement:
Set in the historical context of the United States civil rights movement in the 1950s and ‘60s, and through the words of James Baldwin, this documentary continues to be relevant today, triggering universal issues of justice and human rights.

Prize Winner Forum 2017

Maman Colonelle
by Dieudo Hamadi

Jury Statement:
Honorine Munyole heads up a special unit of the Congolese police dedicated to helping women and children who have suffered from physical and sexual abuse. An everyday hero, Maman Colonelle, as she is known, brings her mission to Kisangani, offering strength, courage, and healing. Filmmaker Dieudo Hamadi gets close to his subject, points to the traumatic aftermath of violence, and then shows the potential, if not for a utopia, at least for a reconstructed community of survivors where hope may emerge.

Special Mention:
El mar la mar
by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki

Jury Statement:
Being lost in the desert transforms into being lost in the cinema. The senses struggle to adjust, becoming attuned and opened to the sights and sounds of the vast, sometimes mystical space. Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki's film teaches viewers to read the signs of the desert by reading signs of the film. We discover an indifferent place, as stories of migrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. face an unforgiving landscape. A fierce but enriching experience.

Members of the Jury 2017
Jury President: Dr. theol. Charles Martig
Annette Gjerde Hansen
Rev. Dr. theol. Hermann Kocher
Dr. phil. Markus Leniger
Prof. S. Brent Rodriguez-Plate
Zsuzsanna Bányai

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.

Prize Winner Competition 2017

Testről és lélekről
by Ildikó Enyedi

Jury statement
Testről és lélekről is an idiosyncratic love story full of lyricism and humour, free of all social conventions. It impresses us with the subtlety and eloquence of its style and involves us in its joy of living and loving.

Prize Winner Panorama 2017

Pendular
by Julia Murat

Jury Statement
Pendular receives the FIPRESCI award in the Panorama section for its outstanding visual quality and its narrative force that results in an accurate portrait of two contemporary artists. The expression of the modern and bold choreography of human relations in the story connects perfectly with the aesthetic and dramatic originality of the film.

Prize Winner Forum 2017

Shu'our akbar min el hob
by Mary Jirmanus Saba

Jury statement
This is a film which combines dense observation and sensitivity, multiple perspectives, several different sources of footage, plural personal histories and fates to a collective history of a country and a generation.
Full of melancholia, it is yet full of hope, the longing for a better future.
Documentary cinema at its best, this is exciting, thrilling, encouraging. Mary Jirmanus Saba has managed to deliver a very brave and mature debut film, which tells its audience a lot about the unknown history of the middle-east.
A search without the one answer, but with many hints and productive questions – a film which lives on for a long while after the screening is over. The feeling which lives with it is indeed greater than love. It is a feeling for others, for a society, for mankind. We call that politics.

Members of the Jury 2017

Competition
Alin Öjeni Tasçiyan (Jury President)
Dubravka Lakic
Denise Bucher

Panorama
Kerem Akca
Alejandra Trelles
Jennifer Borrmann

Forum
Sasja Koetsier
Rasha Hosny
Rüdiger Suchsland

The jury of the “Guild Film Prize” is composed of three members who run cinemas and are members of the AG Kino - Gilde e.V. (association of German Art House Cinemas). The jury awards its prize to a film screened in the Competition.

Prize Winner 2017

The Party
by Sally Potter

Members of the Jury 2017
Adrian Kutter
Sybille Mollzahn
Edgar A. Langer

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.

Prize Winner Panorama 2017

Centaur
von Aktan Arym Kubat

Jury Statement:
This is a film which completely fulfils the CICAE award criterions. The beautiful rural landscape has a history behind and dangers in front. The hero who proudly believes in this values acts single-handedly and makes a legend. The community responds to this action and the drama takes form. Those who help him and those who oppose him are all parts of same origin. We think that the film is very important to be seen by a huge audience, because our knowledge of ancient stories and values - who we are and where we come from - is an antidote against conflict.

Prize Winner Forum 2017

Newton
by Amit V Masurkar

Jury Statement:
The CICAE Art Cinema Award jury for the Forum programme at the 67th Berlinale, out of as many as 43 films in competition, decided to award wonderful Indian film Newton directed by Amit V Masurkar.
This exceptional film, within the rich and varied Forum selection, deals with the universal issue of democracy, and the fight for it, during elections in India.
Its multilayered portrayal of Indian culture, its dark humor and ironic approach, as well as its positive use of typical cliches within Indian society gives Newton a unique form and style which will delight audiences in arthouse cinemas all over the world.

Members of the Jury 2017

Panorama
Andrea Crozzoli
Afshin Izanlou
Jean Paul Noret

Forum
Pedro Barbadillo
Tanja Milicic
Rainer Wothe

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.

Prize Winner 2017

Insyriated
by Philippe Van Leeuw

Members of the Jury 2017
Alice Black
Pierre-Alexandre Moreau
Monica Naldi
Feliks Wagner

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.

Best Feature Film 2017

Una mujer fantástica
by Sebastián Lelio

Nominated:
God’s Own Country
The Wound

Best Documentary/Essay Film 2017

Ri Chang Dui Hua
by Hui-chen Huang

Nominated:
Chavela
I Am Not Your Negro

Best Short Film 2017

Min Homosyster
by Lia Hietala

Special Jury Award 2017

Special Teddy Award 2017

Monika Treut

Members of the Jury 2017
Gizem Bayiksel
Sachiko Imai
Hassan Kamoga
Saadat Munir
Marjo Pipinen
Carl Spence
Martin Wolkner

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.

Prize Winner 2017

El mar la mar
by Joshua Bonnetta and J.P. Sniadecki

Members of the Jury 2017
Sarah Adam
Fiona Berg
Julia Teichmann

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..

Prize Winner 2017

El Pacto de Adriana
by Lissette Orozco

Members of the Jury 2017
Burhan Qurbani
Teboho Edkins
Helgard Gammert
Ulrike Gruska
Till Passow
Yael Inokai
Miraz Bezar

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.

Prize Winner 2017

La libertad del diablo
by Everardo González

Members of the Jury 2017
Aylin Tezel
Oliver Hirschbiegel
Anne-Cathrine 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.

Prize Winner 2017

Fünf Sterne (Five Stars)
by Annekatrin Hendel

Members of the Jury 2017
Angelo Acerbi
Peter Ziesche
Melanie Hauth

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 radio channel radioeins and the Panorama section itself.

Prize Winner Fiction Film 2017

Insyriated
by Philippe Van Leeuw


2nd place
Karera ga Honki de Amu toki wa
by Naoko Ogigami

3rd place
1945
by Ferenc Török

Prize Winner Documentary Film 2017

I Am Not Your Negro
by Raoul Peck


2nd place
Chavela
by Catherine Gund and Daresha Kyi

3rd place
Istiyad Ashbah
by Raed Andoni

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.

Prize Winner 2017

Testről és lélekről
by Ildikó Enyedi

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.

Prize Winner 2017

Maman Colonelle
by Dieudo Hamadi

The readers' jury of the MÄNNER magazine awards the HARVEY during the Teddy Award ceremony. The award is endowed with 1,000 Euro. Films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the award.

Prize Winner 2017

God’s Own Country by Francis Lee

Members of the Jury 2017
Hannes Richter
Katayun Pirdawari
Stephanie Rohde
Ulf Spengler

Development Awards

A jury of three presents the Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the current Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme. The award includes €5,000 in prize money and the director is given a trophy in the form of a compass.

Prize Winner 2017:

Die beste aller Welten (The Best Of All Worlds) by Adrian Goiginger

Jury statement

The film is the story of seven-year-old Adrian, who lives in 1990s Salzburg with a heroin-addicted, but loving mother and her friends. His life is like an adventure playground – until both child services and the brutal reality of drug addiction threaten to destroy his world.
Director Adrian Goiginger’s film is based on his own childhood and is a disturbingly realistic portrayal of the seemingly hopeless battle between maternal love and addiction. Goiginger leaves open to interpretation whether it is the drug itself, or society’s way of dealing with it, that presents a greater threat to the child protagonist.
With his sensitive direction of a brilliant ensemble cast, the film is touching without becoming kitschy; the unpretentious cinematography gets under your skin without being voyeuristic.


Special jury prize

Final Stage
by Nicolaas Schmidt

Jury statement

Final Stage by Nicolaas Schmidt is an experiment in essayistic montage set in an urban consumer space. It comprises three sequences – separation, pain and reunion. The film turns cinema into an interactive space, in which the audience’s associations become the narrative. With this prize, we want to encourage young filmmakers to take structural-technical risks.

Members of the Jury 2017
Sigrid Hörner
Feo Aladag
Johannes Naber

Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino jointly award in 2017 the annual Kompagnon-Fellowship. Eligible to apply are directors and screenwriters of short or feature films who were part of the last edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, as well as permanent residents of Germany who will participate in the “Script Station”, ”Doc Station” or ”Short Film Station” at the current edition of Berlinale Talents.

A jury, comprised of three film professionals, will select one winner from Berlinale Talents and one from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. In addition to a stipend of 5,000 euros (2,500 euros for short films) for the independent development of a screenplay or project, the “Kompagnon” also provides a mentoring programme to help strengthen the filmmaker’s artistic signature, alongside professional coaching and improved industry networking opportunities.

Prize Winner 2017

Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Levin Peter and Elsa Kremser for Der grüne Wellensittich

Jury statement:

Der grüne Wellensittich plays in Belarus and recounts the story of 34-year-old Mischa. At night he works as an autopsy assistant, during the day he paints corpses in oils. Mischa gets to know 17-year-old Anna, whose suicide attempt made it possible for them to meet in the first place. For both of them, loneliness has led to an obsession with death – yet out of this situation, authors Levin Peter and Elsa Kremser unleash the most beautiful forms of feeling alive: creativity and love.
This fiction film treatment has realistic protagonists, in particular Mischa, who is supposed to play himself. Interweaving documentary principles and staged components, this experimental hybrid exploration promises to produce an extraordinary film in both form and content. This is all the more so because the authors never seem to judge or interpret – neither the people, nor the world in which they are trying to define themselves. Instead they observe and let spaces emerge that are driven by compelling images and characters, and not by authorial narrative intentions.
When a radical trust in one’s material is stronger than all fears of rejection, then it becomes possible for unforgettable films with a heartbeat to evolve. Der grüne Wellensittich has this potential.

Berlinale Talents: Nora Fingscheidt for Systemsprenger (System Crasher)

Jury statement:

Nora Fingscheidt’s Systemsprenger (System Crasher) outlines the story of nine-year-old Benni, a problem child whose mother, unable to cope, hands her over to the authorities. But Benni proves resistant to all corrective measures – that is, until social worker Micha decides to risk establishing a personal relationship with the child and in doing so crosses a line.
A disquieting, sensitive, and very well researched portrayal of our educational system and a poignant humanistic plea for those labelled difficult, non-conformist, or dysfunctional.
Nora Fingscheidt refrains from providing answers, but instead lets the questions she has raised resound in space. Systemsprenger touched our hearts and lastingly affected our thinking.

Members of the Jury 2017
Sigrid Hörner
Feo Aladag
Johannes Naber

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.

Award winner 2017

Lost Country by Vladimir Perišić (Serbia), produced by KinoElektron (France), MPM Film (France) und Trilema Films (Serbia)

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.

Award Winner 2017

Razor Film Produktion (Germany) for The Wife of the Pilot (director: Anne Zohra Berrached)

The Talent Project Market offers ten producers 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 Award has been donated by the VFF copyright agency for film and TV producers during the Talent Project Market. In addition to presenting the main award an international jury appoints two nominees, who will receive € 1,000 each.

Award winner 2017

Producer Nefes Polat (Turkey) for The Bus to Amerika (director: Derya Durmaz)

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.

Award Winners 2017

In the category Animation Film:
Night
Director: Ahmad Saleh (Jordan)
Producers: Jessica Neubauer (Germany), Saleh Saleh (Jordan)

In the category Short Fiction Film:
The Trap
Director: Nada Riyadh (Egypt)
Producers: Eva Schellenbeck (Germany), Ayman El Amir (Egypt)

In the category Documentary Film:
Behind Closed Doors (Mor l'Bab)
Director: Yakout Elhababi (Morocco)
Producers: Karoline Henkel (Germany), Hind Saih (Morocco/France)