The jury for the selection of the PREMIERE First Movie Award has been fixed. Five renowned film professionals decide on who is to be awarded the prize for the best debut film, which will be presented to one of the about 30 film submissions on February 17 in Berlin.
Babak Payami (Iran), director, already was a guest of the Berlinale. For his feature film Secret Ballot he received numerous international awards, amongst them the Silver Lion at the Venice Film Festival 2001.
Kanako Hayashi (Japan) is head of the Tokyo FilmeX Festival and was for several years advisor to the Berlinale and the Venice Film Festival for their Asian film selections. Before that she held the position of co-ordinator at the Kawakita Memorial Film Institute for more than 10 years.
Andrei Plakhov (Russia) was head of the arbitration commission during the Glasnost era and lifted the ban on more than 300 films which were formerly prohibited in the Soviet Union. Furthermore he published 33 books world-wide. Nowadays the former head of programme of the Moscow International Film Festival is in charge of the film selection for the Sochi International Film Festival.
Sigrid Hoerner (Germany) founded the Berlin film production company Moneypenny together with the director Martin Walz and Anne Leppin. Among their feature films are Unknown Friend and Friends , the latter of which was awarded the Producer Prize at the Cologne Conference 2001.
Renée Soutendijk (Netherlands) became internationally known as an actress with her films di rected by Paul Verhoeven and Krzysztof Zanussi. With the thriller Out of Order she achieved one of her early successes in 1984, next to her co-stars Götz George and Hannes Jaenicke.
The PREMIERE First Movie Award will be presented for the first time at the 52nd Berlin International Film Festival. The award presentation takes place on February 17, during the official closing ceremony of the Berlinale. In the competition for the talent award are submissions from the sections Competition, Forum, Panorama, German Cinema Perspective and Children’s Film . PREMIERE WORLD will show a live broadcast of the award ceremony without encoding at 18:30 hrs on the channels PREMIERE MOVIE 2 and PREMIERE ANALOG (21:50 hrs).
28 January 2002