The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Vincent Edusei, Emilia Forck, Mira Leskien, Carlotta Saumweber, Tim Schiffer, Esther Siebelitz - give the following awards:
Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Es esmu šeit (Mellow Mud)
by Renārs Vimba, Latvia 2016
We were particularly impressed by a film that managed to create powerful and expressive images in spite of its spare dialogue and understated performances. Thanks to a convincing portrayal of the female protagonist, we were able to accompany her on a journey that movingly depicted the search for personal self-determination, strength and responsibility. In an inspirational fashion, this film production captures the decisive process of personal growth experienced by young people on their way to becoming adults.
Special Mention: Las plantas (Plants)
by Roberto Doveris, Chile 2015
Mindful observation and pause for reflection.With unflinching directness tempered by tenderness, this film depicts a young woman in all her vulnerability, in her feeling out her own way towards sexual expression and in her loneliness. This many-layered production, in which everyday moments of both surrealism and authenticity partake in a fascinating interaction, not only managed to impress us from an artistic point of view – indeed, above all it touched us on a personal level and turned our attention inwards.
Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Balcony
by Toby Fell-Holden, Great Britain 2015
In an ostensibly classic tale of a friendship between two girls who come from different cultures, this film succeeds in astounding the viewer through its sophisticated dramaturgy. The story holds a mirror up to a society still plagued by persistent clichés, a mirror that in the end also forces the audience to face their own prejudices. Provocative and full of strong imagery, this production also manages at the same time to make our current challenges clear.
Special Mention Short Film: Kroppen är en ensam plats (The Body Is a Lonely Place)
by Ida Lindgren, Sweden 2016
Through the combination of aesthetically pleasing and at the same time off-putting images with an intimate text collage representing multiple perspectives, the elements of this film join in a fascinating manner to form an experimental whole that gives expression to the emotions present for individuals struggling with eating disorders. This exploration of a subject of such great importance impressed us immensely with its poetic approach.