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

Les rois mongols (Cross My Heart), Supa Modo, A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old-Girl, Snijeg za Vodu (Snow for Water)

The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Laslo Baudouin, Luise Babette Dahns, Christian Fock, Nele Heinig, Julina Matilde Jung, Namiko Kammin, Jonas Kurth, Theresa Sagebiel, Jonas Schuster, Jonas Volkers, Ella Widmoser – give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film:

Les rois mongols (Cross My Heart)
By Luc Picard, Canada
We are particularly fond of this film because we were able to immerse ourselves deeply in the story and the actors enabled us to empathize with their characters. The story of the four children was full of humour in spite of the seriousness of their situation, owing primarily to the siblings’ love for one another. However, we don’t want to neglect to mention the technical aspects of the film, as the music was very beautiful and fitting and we really enjoyed the camerawork.

Special Mention:

Supa Modo
By Likarion Wainaina, Germany / Kenya
This film tells the story of a mortally ill girl in a touching and gripping manner. Featuring convincing performances and a varied backdrop, the film shows the resourcefulness of the girl and the humanity and strong willpower of the entire village in their efforts to make the last months of her life something special.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film:

A Field Guide to Being a 12-Year-Old Girl
By Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Australia
In an unusual and creative manner, we gain insight into a complex species – one whose diversity not only girls can identify with. With a great deal of humour, the documentary demonstrates one thing above all: girls can accomplish anything they set their minds to!

Special Mention:

Snijeg za Vodu (Snow for Water)
By Christopher Villiers, Bosnia and Herzegovina / United Kingdom
Two siblings whisk us away to a world full of fear and desolation and manage to bring it closer to us, not without a bit of hope. In this inhumane situation, the film teaches us what humanity means. The memory of this war should remain in people’s minds forever.

Prizes of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen), Allons enfants (Cléo & Paul), Jaalgedi (A Curious Girl), Cena d’aragoste (Lobster Dinner)

The members of the Generation Kplus International Jury – Amanda Duthie, Sanna Lenken, Carla Simón – 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):

Sekala Niskala (The Seen and Unseen)
By Kamila Andini, Indonesia / Netherlands / Australia / Qatar
The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film goes to a director who has a particular cinematic vision. A poetic tale of life in balance and out of balance. It conveys the soulful journey through sorrow, rage and acceptance. It touched us all through its unique universe. It is a film that embraces risk, authenticity and the mystical in a finely tuned filmic dance.

Special Mention:

Allons enfants (Cléo & Paul)
By Stéphane Demoustier, France
For Special Mention we acknowledge a film that portrayed a realistic situation that we can all relate to. The feeling of dread is met with a feeling of wonder and freedom in an urban wilderness. The small stars of this film deliver tender performances beyond their years.

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):

Jaalgedi (A Curious Girl)
By Rajesh Prasad Khatri, Nepal
As a jury it was pleasing to come to a unanimous decision quite quickly – because this film stood out to us all. A visually stunning and authentic work that explores a girl’s life of work and play. This film stood out in this very strong Generation landscape for this exploration of responsibility. It is an exploration of where a child lives in a family, a village and on top of the world. From the cloudy heights of Nepal comes a short masterpiece from a first time director.

Special Mention:

Cena d’aragoste (Lobster Dinner)
By Gregorio Franchetti, USA / Italy
In acknowledgement of a filmmaker who has great respect in creating complex characters in a delicate manner. Here is a director whose next work we are excited to see as he develops his craft from film school to feature film.

Amanda Duthie, Sanna Lenken and Carla Simón

Amanda Duthie
Scottish native and curator Amanda Duthie resides in Australia, where she has directed the Adelaide Film Festival since 2012, as well as managing the Adelaide Film Festival Investment Fund, which provides financing for documentary art and film projects (including 52 Tuesdays, Spear, Girl Asleep, The Darkside and Charlie’s Country).

Sanna Lenken
Sanna Lenken was born in Gothenburg and studied film directing and screenwriting in Stockholm. Her short film Äta lunch (Eating Lunch) was presented in Generation in 2013, and her full-length film debut Min lilla syster (My Skinny Sister) celebrated its international premiere in Generation in 2015, going on to win the Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Kplus). Most recently, Sanna Lenken directed the film The Artist Has a Baby, a short documentary film on the difficulties of a practicing artist and mother.

Carla Simón
Born in Catalonia, Carla Simón initially studied audiovisual communication in Barcelona before receiving a scholarship at the London Film School, where she directed various short films that all screened at international film festivals. Her full-length film debut Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993) celebrated its world premiere at the 2017 Berlinale, where it received both the GWFF Best First Feature Award and the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury. The film was also submitted by the Spanish Film Academy to the 2018 Academy Awards in the category Best Foreign Language Film.

Prizes of the Youth Jury in the Competition Generation 14plus

Fortuna, Retablo, Kiem Holijanda, Je fais où tu me dis (Dressed for Pleasure)

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Jascha Katjana Richer, Lilly Rinklebe, Zoe Rentmeister, Rosa Nietzsche, Robert Schlücker, Joseph Askar Schönfelder, Jonathan Auer - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film:

By Germinal Roaux, Switzerland / Belgium
Our winning film uses strong images to tell a story that is topical and timeless at the same time. With the captivating clarity of its photographic compositions, the film provides us with detailed insight into many aspects of human existence in a cordoned-off world, without ever losing sight of the big picture. The sensitive portrayals of the main characters serve to confront the viewer with issues of dependence, altruism and societal structures.

Special Mention:

By Álvaro Delgado-Aparicio L., Peru / Germany / Norway
The film which we have chosen to honour with the Special Mention for Feature Film takes us to a world that was unfamiliar to us. We are able to follow a young person as he figures out who he would like to be and how he would like to deal with the events of his life. The film, which treats an important subject in a gentle manner, makes a strong impression on us through its use of stylistic means such as changing camera perspectives and surprising moments in both image and plot. We are deeply touched by the sensitivity displayed by the protagonist on his journey to becoming a man in a world marked by violence.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film:

Kiem Holijanda
By Sarah Veltmeyer, Netherlands
The Crystal Bear for Best Short Film goes to a film that impressed us by placing its focus on an intimate relationship. We are grateful to have been given a glimpse into the everyday world of two authentic characters. The film won us over with its ability to communicate subtle emotions and grant insight into the societal situation of a region lost in the past.

Special Mention Short Film:

Je fais où tu me dis (Dressed for Pleasure)
By Marie de Maricourt, Switzerland
The film fascinated us with its clear, choreography-like composition. Static shots reflect the protagonist’s external isolation, while her inner life is depicted by dynamic images featuring a great attention to detail. The film’s themes of self-determination and the realisation of one’s own sexual identity moved us and sparked discussion.

Prizes of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Fortuna, Dressage, Juck, Na zdrowie! (Bless You!)

The members of the Generation 14plus International Jury – Felipe Bragança, Verena von Stackelberg, Mark Rogers – 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):

By Germinal Roaux, Switzerland / Belgium
A complete balance of elements where the sincere performances of the actors and sublime black and white cinematography create a compelling world at the same time contemporary and timeless. This film transcends religious and political dogma in a beautifully realized tale of purity and survival as seen through the eyes of a strong-willed Ethiopian girl.

Special Mention:

By Pooya Badkoobeh, Iran
This film impressed us with its intelligent storytelling as well as its complex and unpredictable development of characters. The protagonist is uncompromising in her refusal to join the vicious cycle of corruption, lies, middle-class hypocrisy and false morality.

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 Olivia Kastebring, Julia Gumpert, Ulrika Bandeira, Sweden
This film jumped from the screen and owned the auditorium as they said: “I am in this place right now and it’s mine.” A powerful, explosive, joyful film of the moment showing us that femininity can be claimed by an individual on her terms. These women are creating new languages of femininity through unbridled performance in public spaces.

Special Mention:

Na zdrowie! (Bless You!)
By Paulina Ziolkowska, Poland
A very accomplished, poetic, lyrical and dense piece of art. Showing that bodies blend into the sea of humanity, individuality is not under our control – a sneeze can be a body snatcher.

Felipe Bragança, Mark Rogers and Verena von Stackelberg

Felipe Bragança
Felipe Bragança was born in Brazil, and since 2003 has been writing screenplays and directing films that were presented at international film festivals in Locarno, Rotterdam, Venice, Oberhausen and Cannes, among others. His feature film debut, Não devore meu coração! (Don't Swallow My Heart, Alligator Girl!) celebrated its European premiere in the Generation competition 14plus in 2017. Felipe Bragança is currently working on his second feature film.

Mark Rogers
Australian photographer Mark Rogers has collaborated on numerous international film and television projects, including the Academy Award nominated productions Lion and Hacksaw Ridge, and most recently on Alien: Covenant, Hellboy and Sweet Country, Warwick Thornton’s second award-winning feature film following Samson and Delilah. Additionally, Mark Rogers is well-known for his portraits of celebrities, including Cate Blanchett, Michael Fassbender, Milla Jovovich and Nicole Kidman.

Verena von Stackelberg
Born in Heidelberg, Verena von Stackelberg is a film curator, programmer and producer. She studied media arts in Barcelona and film and photography in London, where she was initially an event manager for Curzon Cinemas and later for Curzon Artificial Eye. Now a resident of Berlin, in 2017 Verena Stackelberg opened Wolf, a place dedicated to film, where cinema, exhibitions, discussions and much more come together.

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.