The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Leila Albrecht, Jan Hendrik Blanke, Alina Neichel, Maya Viola Oppitz, Lotta Schwerk, David Siegmund-Schultze, Fabian Volkers - give the following awards:
Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Flocken
by Beata Gårdeler, Sweden 2015
The film which struck us the most was one which succeeds in continuously maintaining its oppressive atmosphere. This film gives us a precise and intense experience of the mechanisms of progressive social exclusion, triggered by an accusation. It excels in its portrayal of the role of social networks, where anonymity can lead to the unchecked build-up of aggression. A great cast, gripping dialog and unexpected developments combine to create an extraordinary work.
Special Mention: Prins
by Sam de Jong, Netherlands 2015
We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a film with a perky, dynamic and colourful appearance. Aesthetically composed images lead us into the world of a protagonist who is torn between his desire for appreciation and his determination to do the right thing. The self-ironic treatment of stereotypes, the creative cinematography and the stirring soundtrack all grant this movie its cult appeal.
Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: A Confession
by Petros Silvestros, Great Britain 2015
With clear, monumental images the winning short film stresses the relationship between authoritarian sway and helplessness, erupting into violence. Within a limited amount of shots the film develops an extraordinary tension and intensity. Years of silence and suppression ultimately culminate in a nightmare scenario, which left us stunned and shocked at the same time.
Special Mention: Nelly
by Chris Raiber, Austria 2014
Loss, transition, the hereafter: With its compelling imagery this short film draws, in a poetic and surreal way, the state between life and death. Although we were directly captured by the puzzling composition of images, in the end it was the smart turn, which makes the film so extraordinary and left us captivated long after the screening.