For the twelfth year running, the Berlin International Film Festival (February 5 – 15, 2015) and the Franco-German Youth Office (FGYO), an official partner of the Berlinale, are giving young film-lovers the chance to award the “FGYO-Prize Dialogue en perspective”.
Seven cineastes have been selected to view and evaluate the films in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section of the 65th Berlinale – three from Germany and four from France. On February 14th, during the ceremony for the independent jury prizes, they will present the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”, endowed with € 5,000, to their favourite film in the Berlinale section Perspektive Deutsches Kino. When choosing the winner of the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”, jurors will evaluate the latest German films from a young German-French perspective.
The Franco-German Youth Office's aim in presenting the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” is to promote an intercultural dialogue between young German and French audiences, and inspire interest for German film. The prize will be awarded to a film that appeals equally to open-minded young people of different cultural backgrounds.
In February 2015, jurors for the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” will be:
• Alexander Graeff, 29, associate producer in Paris, has been working in the German and French film business since he was a student
• Marian Freistühler, 25, studies dramatics and media, adores discussing films and works as a projectionist in an independent cinema
• Hendrik Neumann, 25, studies intercultural communication and has gained work experience through internships in the German and French film businesses
• Louise Cognard, 21, grew up bilingually, studies political science in Berlin and has already organized a number of French-German cultural exchange meetings
• Chloé Odstrcil, 20, currently studies at Stuttgart Media University and has already volunteered at various film festivals
• Pauline Robert, 25, works as a freelance copywriter and has a film review blog
• Alice Wagret, 23, has already assisted in various film productions as part of her studies in film direction
The application procedure included writing a review of Denis Dercourt’s film Zum Geburtstag (A Pact, 2013) or a German language film of their choice. Candidates were asked to comment on the international role of German film, explain their personal film preferences and describe their own cultural interests. This year's jury is chaired by German actress and director Marie Bäumer, who comments: “I consider it a great gift to be able to live and work in both Germany and France. It is exciting to approach these two very different cultures in film. And as I know from teaching, it is also very rewarding to exchange ideas with upcoming generations. I am looking forward to this venture and our journey together!”
In 2014, the film Anderswo (Anywhere Else, 2013) by Ester Amrami won the award. In previous editions of the festival, the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective” has been awarded to films such as Anne Zohra Berrached’s Zwei Mütter (Two Mothers, 2013) and Marten Persiel’s This Ain’t California (2012).
December 2, 2014