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.

Juries 2016

Children’s Jury

Fabian Behrendt, Mathilda Fastabend, Felix Fuentes-Hare, Julian Leisle, Lilia Channary Noack , Mette Maren Schmahl, Fritzi Schneider-Reuter, Moritz Süssenbach, Sophie Tischmann, Tamino Köhne and Irma Weiche

Youth Jury

Aaron Bagheri, Vincent Edusei, Emilia Forck, Mira Leskien, Carlotta Saumweber, Tim Schiffer and Esther Siebelitz

International Jury Generation Kplus

Anne Kodura (Germany)
Anne Kodura works as a film and theatre director, screenwriter and producer. She has made several short and experimental films and, in 2010, directed her first theatre play “Orangenhaut” by Maja Pelevic as part of the "Festival für neue Dramatik" (Festival for New Drama) in Munich. She is an alumna of Tradewind Pictures’ TP2 Talentpool programme and was a Berlinale Talent in 2015. Her first feature-length documentary ÖDLAND - Damit keiner das so mitbemerkt (WASTELAND – So that No One Becomes Aware of It) had its world premiere at the Berlinale.

Nagesh Kukunoor (India)
Nagesh Kukunoor, a chemical and environmental engineer by trade, made his first film in 1989. Hyderabad Blues, for which he wrote the screenplay and which he directed, produced and also starred in, broke Indian box office records. Since then he has been responsible for 13 feature films including 3 Deewarein (3 Walls), Iqbal and Lakshmi, which have screened at international festivals. His most recent film Dhanak (Rainbow) won the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury in 2015.

Kathy Loizou (United Kingdom)
Kathy Loizou is co-founder and director of the Children’s Media Conference and board member of the European Children’s Film Association (ECFA). Before that she was the long-standing director of the Sheffield Showcomotion Young People’s Film Festival as well as of the Sheffield Doc/Fest. Kathy Loizou is a trustee of SHIFT, a charity training disadvantaged young people in media.

International Jury Generation 14plus

Sam de Jong (The Netherlands)
Sam de Jong from Amsterdam was already making documentaries, music videos and commercials whilst still studying for his degree at the Netherlands Film Academy. Known for his award-winning and critically acclaimed short films Magnesium (2012), Marc Jacobs (Berlinale Shorts 2014) and Malaguti Phantom, he began working on his feature film debut in 2014. Prins celebrated its world premiere at the 2015 Berlinale and received a Special Mention from the Youth Jury Generation 14plus.

Petros Silvestros (United Kingdom)
Since graduating in directing from the London Film School, Petros Silvestros has been working as a film, television and commercials director and is active as a jury member, adviser and programme director for numerous international film festivals. In his multi-award-winning short films he approaches a variety of subject matters with his exciting narrative style. At the Berlinale he has been awarded the Crystal Bear by the Youth Jury twice in a row, for Mike in 2014 and for A Confession in 2015.

Liz Watts (Australia)
Liz Watts is an Australian film producer and board member of the South Australian Film Corporation. Many of the films she has produced, including the Oscar and Golden Globe nominated Animal Kingdom and The Rover (both directed by David Michôd) have screened successfully at international festivals and in cinemas. She has participated in the Berlinale with her productions Walking on Water (directed by Tony Ayres, Panorama 2002) and Lore (directed by Cate Shortland, Lola@Berlinale 2013).

Prizes in the competition Generation Kplus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany)

Prizes in the competition Generation 14plus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with € 7,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with € 2,500 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)

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.