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.

For all applications the General Guidelines for Film Submission and Participation apply.

1 – Eligibility

Accepted formats: DCP, HDCAM, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm (depending on the theatre)

Eligible for Generation are:

Feature-length films (at least 60 minutes running time) and
short films (maximum length of 20 minutes) which

  • have not been released in Europe (for European films: except country of origin).
  • have not been screened at any European film festival (for European films: a presentation at national festivals / national showcases or an exclusive children’s or youth film festival in the country of origin will be accepted).
  • have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet / VOD other than in their country of origin.

In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin.

2 – Selection and programming

After consultation with the section heads, the Festival Director invites films to participate in the Generation section. The section head also decides in which competition of the section a selected film will be programmed and receives advice and assistance from a selection committee.

3 – Version and subtitles

All selected films are screened in their original version with English subtitles. The producer is required to meet the costs of subtitling. The version released or planned for release in the country of origin is regarded as the original version.

Generation Kplus films will be presented with an additional German voice-over performed by professional speakers. For this reason, a complete dialogue list in the original language must be supplied for every film invited to this competition.

In the Generation Kplus competition:

An eleven-member Children’s Jury (between 11-14 years of age) awards Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and best short films.

The awards donated by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation) are decided upon by the Generation Kplus International Jury. This jury comprises three film professionals.

In the Generation 14plus competition:

A seven-member Youth Jury (between 14-18 years of age) awards Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and best short films.

The awards donated by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) are decided upon by the Generation 14plus International Jury. This jury comprises three film professionals.

All jurors are appointed by the Festival Director at the recommendation of the section head.

No person who has participated in the production or commercial exploitation of a film in competition may serve on the jury of the same competition.

The four juries meet and deliberate separately, according to their own procedures. The section head may attend the deliberations but does not vote. Jury decisions are based on a majority vote. Jury members are sworn to secrecy, even after the Festival is over.

In the Generation Kplus competition:

The Children’s Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film

In addition, the Children’s Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria which may change from year to year.

The Generation Kplus International Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk
  • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk

In addition, the Generation Kplus International Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria that change from year to year.

In the Generation 14plus competition:

The Youth Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • The Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film

In addition, the Youth Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria that change from year to year.

The Generation 14plus International Jury is obliged to award the following prizes to the film directors:

  • 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)

In addition, the Generation 14plus International Jury may award a Special Mention in both categories, according to criteria that change from year to year.

Each film selected receives a certificate of participation.

Cross-section awards respectively awards of the Independent Juries:

  • GWFF Best First Feature Award (endowed with 50,000 Euro)
  • Glashütte Original Documentary Award (endowed with 50,000 Euro)
  • Teddy Award
  • Peace Film Award

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