Berlinale: Glashütte Original – Documentary Award

Glashütte Original – Documentary Award

For many years now, the Berlin International Film Festival has been committed to documentary film and diverse documentary forms.

Thanks to the support of Glashütte Original, watch manufacturer from Saxony, the Berlin International Film Festival launched a new award, the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, in 2017.

This prize for the best documentary film is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. A total of about 18 documentary entries from the current programmes of the, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections as well as the Culinary Cinema special series is nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award. A three-member jury picks the winner - the prize money is split between the film’s director and producer.

Award winner 2019

The producer and the director: Marie Balducchi, Suhaib Gasmelbari

Talking About Trees
by Suhaib Gasmelbari
Producer: Marie Balducchi

Jury 2019

Maria Bonsanti (Italy)
Maria Bonsanti has established herself in the world of documentary film since 2000. For twelve years she worked for the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, where she was appointed co-director in 2011. She also frequently worked for the Locarno Festival, where she coordinated, for instance, the Play Forward section in 2006 and 2007. From 2012 to 2017, Bonsanti was artistic director of the documentary film festival Cinéma du réel at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Since 2017, she has been the programme director of Eurodoc, a leading training programme and network for over 1,000 documentary producers from more than 60 countries worldwide. Maria Bonsanti has already served on a number of festival juries around the globe.

Gregory Nava (USA)
Gregory Nava is a film director and writer noted for his string of ground-breaking Latino films. His films have played at Cannes, Sundance and San Sebastián. His 1984 film El Norte about undocumented workers from Guatemala in the United States was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Original Screenplay and has been named an “American Classic” by the Library of Congress. He has also written and directed the Oscar nominated My Family (1995), the Golden Globe nominated Selena (1997), and Bordertown, which was screened in Competition at the 2007 Berlinale. He co-wrote the Oscar winning Frida (2002) and executive produced American Family (2002 – 2004), the Emmy and Golden Globe nominated TV series about a Latino family in Los Angeles.

Maria Ramos (Brazil / Netherlands)
Director Maria Ramos studied documentary film in Amsterdam and has been a guest at festivals worldwide since the start of her career. Her films have received multiple awards. Justiça (Justice, 2004) won the Grand Prix at Visions du Réel and the Amnesty Award at CPH:DOX, among other prizes. In 2007, Juízo (Behave) premiered at the Locarno Festival and was honoured with the FIPRESCI Award at DOK Leipzig. Her most recent film O processo (The Trial) celebrated its world premiere in Panorama at the 2018 Berlinale, and received the Grand Prix at Visions du Réel, Best Film at DocumentaMadrid and the Audience Award at IndieLisboa. In 2013, the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights honoured Maria Ramos with the Marek Nowicki Prize for her examination of the subject human rights.

Panorama (5)

Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar (Waiting for the Carnival)
by Marcelo Gomes

Searching Eva
by Pia Hellenthal

Système K (System K)
by Renaud Barret

Talking About Trees
France / Sudan / Germany / Chad / Qatar
by Suhaib Gasmelbari

Western Arabs
Denmark / Netherlands
by Omar Shargawi

Forum (4)

by Camila Freitas

Erde (Earth)
by Nikolaus Geyrhalter

Heimat ist ein Raum aus Zeit (Heimat Is A Space in Time)
by Thomas Heise

Nos défaites (Our Defeats)
by Jean-Gabriel Périot

Generation (5)

USA / Italy
by Mo Scarpelli

Switzerland / USA / Spain
by Pablo Briones & The Moving Picture Boys

By the Name of Tania
Belgium / Netherlands
by Bénédicte Liénard & Mary Jiménez

Espero tua (re)volta (Your Turn)
by Eliza Capai

Germany / USA
by André Hörmann

Perspektive Deutsches Kino (2)

Born in Evin
Germany / Austria
by Maryam Zaree

Die Grube (The Pit)
by Hristiana Raykova

Culinary Cinema (1)

When Tomatoes Met Wagner
by Marianna Economou

Besides the prize money, Glashütte Original also provides the trophy, finely crafted in the Saxon manufactory and presented to the director of the winning film.

The prize is awarded during the official Award Ceremony in the Berlinale Palast.