Berlinale: Generation


Generation

Since 1978, the Berlinale has devoted a section to children and young people: Generation. In two competitions, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, discoveries from state of the art world-cinema and on a par with young people are presented. The most outstanding films are awarded the Crystal Bears and the Prizes of the international Juries. Every year, more than 65.000 visitors attend the screenings in five venues. The premieres of the section take place at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Zoo Palast.

Generation integrates children and youth into the festival’s film-aesthetic discourse. At the same time the section is a place for encounters between people of all ages. Discussions in the cinemas offer audiences, filmmakers and professional guests an opportunity to share their enthusiasm and discover new perspectives through a critical approach to film.

Films at Eye-Level

Generation speaks to well-defined audiences, but there are no conventional limits when it comes to the selection and programming of films. The section is home to cinematic works that are thematically and aesthetically linked to the experiences of children and young people. The program encloses outstanding children's and youth films as well as films for all target audiences that are also suitable for young people. In cooperation with the European Film Market, Generation offers a globally unique platform for this advanced marketing potential. Furthermore, the Cross-Section screenings in Generation make selected films from other sections accessible to viewers under 18 years of age.

Prizes in the competition Generation Kplus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany)

Prizes in the competition Generation 14plus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)

Please find more information on these and other awards of the festival at Awards and Juries.

Generation cultivates close ties to Berlin schools. Early access to information, ticket ordering and a large number of morning screenings make it easy for school classes to visit the festival.

Alongside regular festival visits, the Berlinale offers around 50 teachers from all types of schools the opportunity to participate in the Berlinale School Project. They see the Generation films before the festival and with the support of the project director, Dr. Martin Ganguly and his assistant Kathrin Hillers, select a film which is relevant to the subject they are teaching. They then watch this film with their class at the festival and use it to develop special projects within the framework of their lessons

Depending on the desired focus, films are viewed from a sociopolitical, historical or aesthetic point of view and integrated into classroom material, with various teaching methods possible. Roll-play, theatre pieces, interviews or comparison with a literary work are just some of the ways to approach the medium of film with openness and creativity.

The Berlinale School Project is supported by the nationwide Network for Film and Media Competency “Vision Kino”. All results are published on the website www.visionkino.de. “Vision Kino” offers teachers year-round access to information and teaching aids for working with films in class.

For more information about the Berlinale School Project or about visiting the festival with a school group please contact us at .

Group ticket bookings and a large number of morning screenings make it easier for school classes and groups to visit the festival.

Every year group tickets (for 5 or more people) can be booked by phone via the Generation hotline and picked up from the Generation counter in the Berlinale Service Center. Please refer to the dates and telephone hotline number in our Generation brochures, available in the run-up to the festival in both printed format and to download, or check the general ticket information of the festival.

Due to the high demand and to avoid long waiting times, we kindly request that you have the following information to hand when you phone the hotline:

  • title or ticket code of desired film
  • screening dates and required number of tickets
  • in case your desired screening is not available, please have an alternative ready

Single tickets can be purchased via the regular ticket sales outlets.

Contact

Section Head
Maryanne Redpath

Tel. +49 30 25920-422
Fax +49 30 25920-429