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

Piata loď, Amelie rennt, Promise, Hedgehog's Home

The members of the Children's Jury in Generation Kplus give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Piata loď (Little Harbour)
By Iveta Grófová, Slovak Republic / Czech Republic 2017
We selected a film that is creative and authentic. It's about two children who create a little world of their own, rules. We found the story very moving and the actors are very believable too.

Special Mention: Amelie rennt (Mountain Miracle – An Unexpected Friendship)
By Tobias Wiemann, Germany / Italy 2017
With great wit and fast-paced dialogue, this film describes the development of an unlikely friendship between two fascinating characters.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Promise
By Xie Tian, USA 2016
Set in a breath-taking landscape, this film tells the moving story of a Chinese boy. The convincing performances and masterful cinematography lend the film great authenticity.

Special Mention Short Film: Hedgehog's Home
By Eva Cvijanovic, Canada / Croatia 2016
The message of this tale, that a home of one's own is very important, is beautifully conveyed by the creative use of felt animation. We were also impressed by the unusual verse form of the narrative in this stop-motion film.

Prizes of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Becoming Who I Was, Estiu 1993, Aaba, Sabaku

The members of the International Jury Generation Kplus - Fabian Gasmia, Aneta Ozorek, Yoon Ga-eun - give the following awards:

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

Becoming Who I Was
By Chang-Yong Moon, Jin Jeon, Republic Korea 2017
In this beautifully shot tale we learn in a wonderful bittersweet way how much a parent and a child can learn from each other. The filmmaker achieved the most difficult: making the audience laugh and cry many times. The film gave the jury confidence in humanity and if the values of the young hero of this story would be only reflected a little bit by its audience the world will become a better place.

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Estiu 1993 (Summer 1993)
By Carla Simón, Spain 2017
In this remarkable film we learn through the eyes of a little girl how to cope with loss. The lesson that this incredible heroine learns and that moved us to tears is that no matter how much it hurts, it is the unconditional love of the people around you that will ease your pain. Besides the outstanding performance of the young main actress the jury was also very impressed by the beautiful cinematography and sensual mise-en-scène!

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): Aaba (Grandfather)
By Amar Kaushik, India 2016
It tells a story of the circle of life in an elegiac and slow pace with a beautiful cinematography.

Special Mention: Sabaku
By Marlies van der Wel, The Netherlands 2016
This very short film tells with simple but very efficient use of extremely skilled artistic animation technique the story of a bird that goes around the world to find a new friend. The jury was blown away by its pace and incredible joy of the filmmaker to entertain her audience.

Aneta Ozorek, Yoon Ga-eun and Fabian Gasmia

Aneta Ozorek
Aneta Ozorek from Poland is festival programmer, producer and film educator. She is currently active as a programmer at Kino w Trampkach (Cinema in Sneakers) for Children and Youth in Warsaw.

Yoon Ga-eun
The Korean director won a Crystal Bear for her short film Sprout at Generation Kplus in 2014 and in 2016 she celebrated her feature film debut, once again at Generation Kplus, with Woorideul (The World of Us).

Fabian Gasmia
Fabian Gasmia is a German producer and a co-founder of DETAiLFILM. His numerous co-production credits include Nashorn im Gallop (Rhino Full Throttle, dir: Erik Schmitt, Generation 2013), Berlin Metanoia (dir: Erik Schmitt, Generation 2016) and the 2016 Silver Bear winner L’avenir (Things To Come, dir: Mia Hansen-Løve).

Prizes of the Youth Jury in the Competition Generation 14plus

Butterfly Kisses, Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau, Wolfe, SNIP

The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Rosa Ehrlich, Oscar R. Franck, Hannah Kähler, Luka Kowalewsky, Marie Kühn, Quinten Samrotzki, Rosa Schaefer Bastian - give the following awards:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Butterfly Kisses
By Rafael Kapelinski, 2017, United Kingdom
Propelled by the rhythm of its powerful soundtrack and imagery, this film awakens a terrifying suspicion in the viewer. Without resorting to simple accusations of guilt, it confronts us with an explosive issue which our society has so far been unable to resolve. The finely differentiated characterizations inspire profound empathy for the protagonists in the situations they face. From the kaleidoscopic opening sequence onwards, we are captivated by the haunting intensity of this electrifying feature film debut.

Special Mention: Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau
By Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie, 2016, Canada
With epic aspirations, this film is an accurate portrayal of destructive group dynamics. With brutal honesty, it gradually unleashes its hypnotic potential as the narrative unfolds. Contemporary footage, fictional life stories and performances fuse together to create a disturbing yet rousing cinematic work.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film: Wolfe
By Claire Randall, 2016, Australia
By means of its authentic narrative and tactful approach to a sensitive subject, this documentary manages to demystify a taboo without sentimentality or judgment. With impressive honesty and intimacy, the protagonist discloses his experiences of psychological illness, accompanied by lovingly animated memory sequences. We thank the filmmaker for this factually informative and deeply moving work.

Special Mention Short Film: SNIP
By Terril Calder, 2016, Canada
This film takes the viewer on a journey into a painful chapter of a country's history. The synthesis of diverse animation styles provides for a compelling and emotionally direct exploration of this often neglected subject. We would like to thank the director for this unconventional approach to opening our generation's eyes to the past as we head towards the future.

Prizes of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Shkola nomer 3, Ben Niao, The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do, U Plavetnilo

The members of the new Generation 14plus International Jury - Benjamin Cantu, Roberto Doveris, Jennifer Reeder - give the following awards:

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): Shkola nomer 3
By Yelizaveta Smith, Georg Genoux, 2016, Ukraine / Germany
We give the Grand Prix to a film that unpacked itself slowly involving the audience through details and personal account from the perspective of its protagonists, delivering with a range of tenderness, trauma, and even banality and humor. It has a sensitive approach and is direct in form without discourse or presumption. We admire the collaboration between director, cinematographer and protagonists and how they built a space of trust. This film doesn’t let the narrative of war take over the emotional world of its young characters, who allowed us to connect with the most precious and intimate details of their lives.

Special Mention: Ben Niao
By Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka, 2017, People’s Republic of China
Our special mention goes to a film that haunted us with its mystery and how it speaks about human relationships that pave their way through detached modern tools of communications. What sets this film apart are the well planned ellipses and the remarkable performance of the young actress, Yao Honggui from China.

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): The Jungle Knows You Better Than You Do
By Juanita Onzaga , 2016, Belgium / Colombia
We give the special price for best short to a film that has a hybrid approach to the autobiographical. A film that hovers between the past and the present and yet has an intuitive way of showing us a character who couldn’t be closer to the filmmaker herself.

Special Mention: U Plavetnilo
By Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, 2017, Croatia / Slovenia / Sweden
Special mention goes to a film which reveals the complexities of adolescence, when its four characters must confront their expectations and desires against a dramatic seaside landscape.

Benjamin Cantu, Jennifer Reeder and Roberto Doveris

Benjamin Cantu
The German-Hungarian director divides his time between Berlin and Budapest. His feature film debut Stadt Land Fluss (Harvest) celebrated its world premiere at Generation in 2011. His more journalistic pieces include an award-winning documentary on HIV for ARTE/rbb; The Berlin Patient (2013).
Jennifer Reeder
The award-winning director from the USA was featured in the Generation 14plus short film competition in 2016 with Crystal Lake. In 2015 she presented Blood Below the Skin in Berlinale Shorts. In addition, her films have been shown in the framework of the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial.
Roberto Doveris
The Chilean filmmaker was awarded the Grand Prix by the International Jury as well as a Special Mention by the Youth Jury for his debut film Las plantas (Plants) at Generation 14plus in 2016. He served as editor-in-chief at CinemaChile, an agency for the promotion of Chilean film culture, and currently runs his own company, Niña Niño Films.

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.