“Have courage and be kind.”

Using her magic wand, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother transforms an ordinary pumpkin into a magnificent carriage and Cinderella’s rags into a dazzling ballgown. But at midnight, the magic will end. Walt Disney’s interpretation of the fairy tale tells the story of a girl who faces life’s challenges with determination, a dream in her heart and a little magical assistance. As part of The Walt Disney Company’s 100th anniversary celebrations, Generation is screening the restored version of this classic animation. The film thrilled festival-goers at the first Berlinale in 1951 and received the Golden Bear in the Music Film category as well as the audience award. Now the film is returning to Berlin to be presented by Walt Disney Animation Studios’ president and two-time Oscar winner (Encanto, Zootopia), Clark Spencer.
by Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske
with Eva Ingeborg Scholz, Anneliese Würtz, Friedel Schuster, Alexa von Porembsky, Erika Goerner, Karl Meixner, Eduard Wandrey, Walter Bluhm, Erwin Biegel
USA 1950 German 74’ Colour World premiere | World premiere of the digitally restored version recommendation: 5 years and up


  • Eva Ingeborg Scholz (Cinderella)
  • Anneliese Würtz (Fairy)
  • Friedel Schuster (Stepmother)
  • Alexa von Porembsky (Anastasia)
  • Erika Goerner (Drisella)
  • Karl Meixner (Grand Duke)
  • Eduard Wandrey (King)
  • Walter Bluhm (Mouse Jaques)
  • Erwin Biegel (Mouse Karli "Gus")
  • Erika Goerner (Narrator)


Directors Wilfred Jackson, Clyde Geronimi, Hamilton Luske
Story William Peed, Erdman Penner, Ted Sears, Winston Hibler, Homer Brightman, Harry Reeves, Kenneth Anderson, Joe Rinaldi
Visual Effects George Rowley, Josh Meador, Jack Boyd
Animation Directors Eric Larson, Ward Himball, Milt Kahl, Ollie Johnston, Frank Thomas, Marc Davis, John Lounsbery, Les Clark, Wolfgang Reitherman, Norm Ferguson
Character Design Don Lusk, Phil Duncan, Hugh Fraser, Hal King, Fred Moore, Harvey Toombs, Judge Whitaker, Cliff Nordberg, Marvin Woodward, Hal Ambro, George Nicholas, Ken O’Brien
Editing Donald Halliday
Colourists Mary Blair, John Hench, Claude Coats, Don Da Cradi
Music Joseph Dubin
Sound Design Oliver Wallace, Paul Smith
Sound C.O. Slyfield
Sound Mixing Al Teeter
Production Design Brice Mack, Art Riley, Ralph Hulett, Ray Huffine, Dick Anthony, Merle Cox, Thelma Witmer
Production Manager Ben Sharpsteen
Producer Walt Disney

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Wilfred Jackson

The American director (1906–1988) joined the Walt Disney Studios in 1928 and is known for his work on animations including the Silly Symphonies series. Cinderella won the Golden Bear at the 1951 Berlinale. In 1983, he was honoured with the Winsor McCay Award.

Filmography (animated films)

1930 Midnight in a Toy Shop 1931 The China Plate · Egyptian Melodies · The Ugly Duckling · The Clock Store · The Cat’s Out · The Castaway (Micky, der Schiffbrüchige) · The Spider and the Fly · The Fox Hunt 1932 Santa’s Workshop (Die Werkstatt vom Weihnachtsmann) · Touchdown Mickey (Micky, der Football-Champion) · The Whoopee Party · Musical Farmer · Mickey’s Revue · The Bears and Bees · Mickey in Arabia · The Klondike Kid · The Bird Store · The Grocery Boy · Barnyard Olympics 1933 Mother Goose Melodies (Melodien von Mutter Gans) · The Pied Piper of Hamelin (Der Rattenfänger von Hameln) · Puppy Love (Zweimal Liebe) · Mickey’s Mellerdrammer · Mickey's Mechanical Man (Mickys Roboter) · The Night before Christmas · Father Noah's Ark (Die Arche Noah) · The Pet Store (Die Zoohandlung) 1934 The Grasshopper and the Ants (Die Heuschrecke und die Ameisen) · The Wise Little Hen (Die kluge kleine Henne) · Peculiar Penguins (Der verliebte Pinguin) · Funny Little Bunnies (Im Tal der Osterhasen) · The Goddess of Spring (Der Raub der Frühlingsgöttin) · The China Shop 1935 Music Land · Mickey’s Garden · The Tortoise and the Hare (Die Schildkröte und der Hase) · Water Babies (Wasserbabies) 1936 Elmer Elephant (Elmer Elefant) · The Country Cousin · Toby Tortoise Returns (Toby Schildkröte schlägt sie) · Mickey’s Rival (Mickys Konkurrent) · More Kittens (Die Kätzchenplage) · Mickey’s Grand Opera 1937 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Schneewittchen und die Sieben Zwerge) · The Old Mill (Alte Mühle) · Woodland Café 1938 Mother Goose Goes Hollywood 1940 Pinocchio · Fantasia 1941 Dumbo · Golden Eggs (Die goldenen Eier) 1942 Saludos Amigos · The New Spirit 1946 Song of the South · A Feather in his Collar 1948 Melody Time (Musik, Tanz und Rhythmus) 1950 Cinderella 1951 Alice in Wonderland (Alice im Wunderland) 1952 The Little House 1953 Peter Pan 1955 Lady and the Tramp (Susi und Strolch) · The Story of the Animated Drawing (Geschichte der animierten Zeichnungen) 1956 The Plausible Possible (Das plausible Mögliche)

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023

Hamilton Luske

The American animator and film director (1903–1968) graduated from the University of California, Berkeley and then worked as a caricaturist for newspapers in Oakland. In 1931, he started his career at Disney where he contributed to the Silly Symphonies series, among others. In 1941, he won a Hugo Award for Pinocchio, in 1951 the Golden Bear at the Berlinale for Cinderella and in 1956 the Oscar for Special Visual Effects for Mary Poppins.

Filmography (animated films)

1936 Mickey's Elephant (Mickys Elefant); short film 1940 Pinocchio · Fantasia 1941 The Reluctant Dragon (Der Drache wider Willen) 1942 Saludos Amigos; medium-length film · Food Will Win the War; short film 1944 The Pelican and the Snipe; short film 1947 Mickey and the Beanstalk (Micky und die Kletterbohne); short film · Fun and Fancy Free (Fröhlich, Frei, Spaß dabei) 1948 Melody Time (Musik, Tanz und Rhythmus) · So Dear to My Heart · Trees; short film 1950 Cinderella 1951 Alice in Wonderland (Alice im Wunderland) · How to Catch a Cold; short film 1953 Peter Pan · Ben and Me (Ben und Ich); short film 1955 Contrast in Rythm; short film 1959 Donald in Mathmagic Land; short documentary 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians (101 Dalmatiner) · The Litterbug; short film · Donald and the Wheel; short film 1967 Scrooge McDuck and Money; short film

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023

Clyde Geronimi

The Italian-American writer and animation filmmaker (1901–1989) began his career at the J.R. Bray Studios and worked at the Walt Disney Studios from 1931 to 1959. He won the Golden Bear at the 1951 Berlinale for Cinderella and the Golden Moon Award for Sleeping Beauty in 1959. In 1979, he was honoured with the Winsor McCay Award. Following his time at Disney, he directed work including the animated series of Spider Man.

Filmography (animated films)

1939 Officer Duck; short film · The Pointer (Pluto der Jagdhund); short film · Beach Picnic (Picknick am Strand); short film 1940 Billposters (Die Plakatankleber); mini series · Mr. Mouse Takes A Trip (Herr Maus auf großer Fahrt); short film · Pluto's Dream House; short film · Pantry Pirate (Vorratsschrankpirat); short film 1941 Lend a Paw (Der herzlose Retter); short film · Canine Caddie (Pluto, der Caddie); short film · A Gentleman's Gentleman; short film 1942 The Army Mascot; short film · Pluto Junior; short film · Pluto at the Zoo (Pluto bei den wilden Tieren); short film · T-Bone for Two (Ein Knochen für zwei); short film 1943 Education for Death; short film · Victory Through Air Power; documentary · Private Pluto (Gefreiter Pluto); short film · Chicken Little; short film · Pluto and the Armadillo; short film 1946 ‎Peter and the Wolf (Peter und der Wolf); short film · Dumb Bell of the Yukon; short film · A Feather in His Collar; short film 1948 Melody Time (Musik, Tanz und Rhythmus) · Little Toot; short film · Blame It on the Samba; short film · Pecos Bill; short film · The Big Wash (Der große Waschtag); short film 1949 The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (Die Abenteuer von Ichabod und Taddäus Kröte) · The Legend of Sleepy Hollow 1950 Cinderella 1951 Alice in Wonderland (Alice im Wunderland) 1952 Susie the Little Blue Coupe; short film 1953 Peter Pan 1955 Lady and the Tramp (Susi und Strolch) · From Aesop to Hans Christian Andersen; medium-length film 1957 The Story of Anyburg U.S.A.; short film 1959 Sleeping Beauty (Dornröschen) 1961 One Hundred and One Dalmatians (101 Dalmatiner) 1965 Goofy's Freeway Troubles; short film 1966 Iron Man; series · Sub-Mariner; series 1967 Spider-Man; series

Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2023