Berlinale: Prizes Generation

Awards and Juries in the Generation section

In this section the jury members are no older than those of the audience. Eleven children and seven teens award the best films with Crystal Bears. Special Mentions are given for outstanding achievements. Two international juries present further prizes in the Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus competition.

Prizes of the Children’s Jury in the Competition Generation Kplus

Une colonie, Daniel fait face, Juste moi et toi, #pestverhaal

The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Lorenz Deutsch, Luis Leonard Hanft, Jonas Khadiri, Sarah Marie Paulick, Pepe Reisinger, Anouk Sommerfeldt, Rosalie Stauffacher, Nikita Takasaki, Johanna Wallrafen, Liv Grete Weinhold and Helene Zschaubitz – give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Une colonie (A Colony)
by Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Canada
In the winning film, the lives of teenagers are depicted realistically. We thought it was great how the various types of love were related in an understandable way. The excellent camerawork and acting made us feel like we were right there in the middle of the action and let us laugh and cry and give vent to our emotions in diverse situations.

Special Mention: Daniel fait face (Daniel)
by Marine Atlan, France
This film whisks us away to a seemingly normal school day that then takes an unexpected turn away from the every-day world. Intimate and moving encounters accompanied by emotional music generate a mysterious and unique atmosphere. Finally, we were delighted by the performances of the extremely talented actors and actresses.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Juste moi et toi (Just Me and You)
by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers, Canada
This film moved us deeply and it communicates a powerful message. The selected acting performances and the beautiful landscape images led to a final product worthy of distinction thanks to good camera perspectives.

Special Mention: #pestverhaal (#bullyingstory)
by Eef Hilgers, Netherlands
A brave girl tells us her intimate everyday story in an unusual way. She gives us a glimpse into her emotional world and relates the struggle against dark thoughts. The internet and social media play a large role in her story. Through contact with other individuals similarly affected, she regains hope and shows that no one is alone.

Prizes of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Di yi ci de li bie, Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess, El tamaño de las cosas , Pappa

The members of the Generation Kplus International Jury – Kamila Andini, Tilda Cobham-Hervey and Jerzy Moszkowicz – give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with 7,500 euro by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany):

Di yi ci de li bie (A First Farewell)
by Wang Lina, People’s Republic of China
The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Feature Film goes to an honest cinematic exploration of what it means to grow up in the Uyghur minority in China. This poetic and intimate film gives us insight into the changing relations within two families living in a culture caught between traditional and modern perspectives. Visually arresting and deeply moving, this film makes us question what it means to be close, what it means to be distant and how the young protagonists of the film evolve through their first farewells.

Special Mention: Mijn bijzonder rare week met Tess (My Extraordinary Summer with Tess)
by Steven Wouterlood, Netherlands / Germany
The Special Mention goes to a unique tale that tactfully explores difficult discussions around mortality, loss and trying to find one's place in the world within an uplifting coming of age story full of light and infectious joy. This film teaches us about the importance of connection. It is full of surprises, humour and is accessible for all generations.

The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 euro by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany):

El tamaño de las cosas (The Size of Things)
by Carlos Felipe Montoya, Colombia
The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film goes to a film that explores multiple perspectives. This film captures a unique indigenous vision of the world and poses many philosophical questions, whilst still relating to people of all ages and experiences. It is concise, aesthetically strong and full of surprises.

Special Mention: Pappa (Dad)
by Atle S. Blakseth / Einar Dunsæd, Norway
The Special Mention for a short film in Generation Kplus goes to a film that captures our imagination and takes us on a surreal and beautiful journey of love and longing. This vivid portrayal of a young boy’s impressions of his father left us with a contemplative and curious sense of togetherness. We were especially impressed with the films distinct and outstanding artistry.

Kamila Andini
Kamila Andini was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and studied sociology and media arts at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. She is committed to making films dealing with sociocultural issues. Andini has been a guest at Generation Kplus twice before: in 2012 with her feature debut The Mirror Never Lies, and again last year with the European premiere of her second feature-length film, Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen), which was awarded with the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film.

Tilda Cobham-Hervey
Australian screen and stage actor and performance artist Tilda Cobham-Hervey has appearances in two feature films in the Generation 14plus competition to her name (52 Tuesdays, 2014 and Girl Asleep, 2016). 2018's Generation Kplus competition featured the international premiere of her directorial debut and subsequent winner of the Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film, A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl.

Jerzy Moszkowicz
Polish theatre, television and film director Jerzy Moszkowicz has devoted his work on stage and screen, especially for young audiences. Since 1991, he has been director of the Children's Art Centre in Poznan, Poland, which tests and promotes modern ways of culturally educating children and adolescents. In addition to this, he heads the leading Polish film festival for young people, the International Young Audience Film Festival Ale Kino!.

Prizes of the Youth Jury in the Competition Generation 14plus

Hölmö nuori sydän, We Are Little Zombies, Tattoo, Four Quartets

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Theodor Bittner Rosser, Christian Däbritz, Johanna Deventer, Pauline Rebmann, Avesta Schiefer, Alanza Clarice Leigh Lovejoy Schmidt, and Janek Sommerfeldt - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Hölmö nuori sydän (Stupid Young Heart)
by Selma Vilhunen, Finland / Netherlands / Sweden
This film takes up topics that are above all of great relevance for our age group. It examines motivations behind the current political shift towards the right and xenophobia in our society. With its combination of humour, seriousness and emotion, this film tells the story of a romantic relationship between two adolescents who experience little consistency in their lives. The radical coming-of-age of the protagonists is constantly overshadowed by the confrontation with racism and the search for identity.

Special Mention: We Are Little Zombies
by Makoto Nagahisa, Japan
In this film, various camera perspectives and editing techniques defy narrative conventions. Surreal and real images coincide in this work of art. As the plot advances, the characters reach a new level. Sound effects, music and visual elements support the video-game-like structure. With this Special Mention, we would like to honour a film with an extraordinarily distinctive style.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Tattoo
by Farhad Delaram, Iran
Our winning film tackles topics such as oppression, sexism, power relationships, sexual harassment and prejudices. In spite of the calm general mood of the film, a high-contrast colour scheme manages to generate a tense atmosphere over time, and the admirable use of square framing heightens the feeling that the female lead is under great pressure. When everything becomes dark at the end of the film, it is clear that the protagonist has to make a significant decision.

Special Mention: Four Quartets
by Marco Alessi, United Kingdom
The use of pulsating colours and the rousing music sweep us up in a dream-like flow here. This effect is reinforced by the layering of various experiences and memories. With very few words and expressive movements on the part of the protagonist, we begin to identify with her. This short film allowed us to experience multifaceted love, friendship and the search for identity.

Prizes of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Beol-sae , Bulbul Can Sing, Liberty, Sœurs Jarariju

The members of the Generation 14plus International Jury – Nanouk Leopold, Pascal Plante, Maria Solrun – give the following awards:

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with 7,500 euro by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):

Beol-sae (House of Hummingbird)
by Kim Bo-ra, Republic of Korea
Kim Bo-ra’s Beol-sae (House of Hummingbird) is a first feature with the maturity of an enduring artist. This strong film is a beautifully constructed portrait of a young girl trying to find her place within her troubled family. Its precise cinematic style is subtle and withheld while at the same time very moving.

Special Mention: Bulbul Can Sing
by Rima Das, India
While wearing the hats of writer, director, producer, editor, and many others (!), Indian filmmaker Rima Das has crafted a lyrical, authentic and touching film. Together with the young characters, we experience the crushing loss of innocence in a restricted society.

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 euro by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):

by Faren Humes, USA
A powerful film that visually lures the audience into a world of grief, hope and friendship of girls in a black community in Miami. With a very beautiful way of creating scenes and characters and a strong sense of rhythm in the editing.

Special Mention: Sœurs Jarariju (The Jarariju Sisters)
by Jorge Cadena, Switzerland
Sœurs Jarariju (The Sisters Jarariju) is a panoramic cinematic experience. Jorge Cadena introduces us in a subtle way into a landscape ruined by a big coal mining company where two teenage girls are on the verge of leaving behind all they know in search for a better life. The film approaches its subject matter with respect and great visual profoundness.

Nanouk Leopold
Following Wolfsbergen (Forum 2007), Brownian Movement (Forum 2011) and Boven is het stil (It’s All so Quiet, Panorama 2013), Dutch director Nanouk Leopold's work was featured at Generation for the first time in 2018, when her film Cobain was screened in 14plus. In addition to being a filmmaker, she is also a theatre director and creates video installations with artist Daan Emmen. Nanouk Leopold is currently working on her seventh feature film.

Pascal Plante
Canadian filmmaker Pascal Plante lives and works in Montreal. His debut film Les faux tatouages (Fake Tattoos) had its European premiere at Generation 14plus in 2018. Upon graduation from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema, he co-founded the production company Nemesis Films, under the auspices of which he would go on to direct numerous short films.

Maria Solrun
Born in Reykjavík, Iceland, film director and screenwriter Maria Solrun studied at the German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb) and has been a film and television consultant at the Icelandic Film Centre since 2006. 2004 saw the world premiere of her feature film Jargo, in the inaugural Generation 14plus competition. In 2018, her feature film Adam was also screened in Generation 14plus.

After each Generation screening, questionnaires are distributed amongst the audience. The form offers audience members a chance to express their thoughts and opinions about the film. The film questionnaires do not have to be returned immediately in the cinema but can be completed at home and sent back to Generation by post within one month.

Every year, about 1,500 filmgoers return the questionnaire. Respondents who write openly, honestly and vividly about their film experience stand a chance of being selected to award the Crystal Bears themselves at the following year’s festival. Only children who will be aged 11-14 during the upcoming festival can sit on the Children’s Jury. The members of the Youth Jury must be at least 14, but no older than 18.

The questionnaires are also forwarded to the directors of the participating films, so that each filmmaker can find out first hand how his or her film was received by the Berlin audience.