The Berlinale Camera is awarded to film personalities to whom the Berlin International Film Festival feels particularly indebted. By bestowing this honor, the Berlinale wishes to express its gratitude and appreciation. The Berlinale Camera has been awarded since 1986. This year, for the first time, it will be donated by the jeweler Georg Hornemann from Düsseldorf. At the 54th Berlinale the film commissioner and patron Rolf Bähr is to be honored with this award.
For over thirty years Rolf Bähr has been closely affiliated with German film. From 1970 until 1990 Bähr was a lawyer for the German Federal Film Board; since 1990 he has been the board’s executive director. In this function, Bähr has engaged himself with competence and wit in the country’s general film policies and funding. He has also keenly influenced and observed the development of Germany as a film location. In addition he was the several-time world, vice-world and European champion in sailing in the Tempest class between 1979 and 1987.
At the FFA reception on February 11 at 10:30 pm, in the Hotel Hilton, Capital Club, Gendarmenmarkt, film commissioner and policy maker Rolf Bähr will be awarded a Berlinale Camera. In tribute of this occasion Festival Director Dieter Kosslick will hold a laudatory speech.
February 9, 2004