The Berlin International Film Festival is very committed to documentaries and diverse documentary forms, as evident from the programmes of the different sections, initiatives and special series, as well as the European Film Market (EFM). In recent years, the number of long and short documentaries screening at the festival has continually increased. In 2018, the Berlinale is publishing a brochure titled “Focus on Docs” for the very first time. It will give an overview of the many documentary film activities at the festival, and spark interest in the films and events at the upcoming Berlinale.
This year, for the second time ever, the Berlin International Film Festival will present the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, which was established in 2017 thanks to the support of watch manufacturer Glashütte Original from Saxony.
The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. The prize money will be split between the film’s director and producer. A total of 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Competition, Berlinale Special, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections and the special presentation Culinary Cinema are nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award.
The prize will be presented during the official Award Ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on February 24. In addition to the prize money, Glashütte Original will also provide the trophy, which will be finely crafted in the company’s manufactory in Saxony.
A three-member jury will pick the winner: