Berlinale: Prizes Independent Juries

Prizes of the Independent Juries

The award presentation of the Independent Juries will be held on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 12.00 noon and will be streamed live on the Berlinale Website.

A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award.

Since 1992, the international film organisations of the Protestant and Catholic Churches - INTERFILM and SIGNIS - have been represented by the Ecumenical Jury. It consists of six members and awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It also awards two other prizes, both worth 2,500 Euros, one to a film from the Panorama and one to a film in the Forum.

The prizes go to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values.

Members of the Jury 2018
Jury president: Dr. theol. Inge Kirsner
Joachim Opahle
Jeffrey H. Mahan
Vesna Andonovic
Winifred Loh
Freek L. Bakker

The juries of the “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique” (FIPRESCI), the international film critics association, view films from the Competition programme and the Panorama and Forum sections. They award a prize for the best film in each of these sections.

Members of the Jury 2018

Mario Abbade Neto
Sandra Perovic
Shahla Nahid

Bettina Schuler
Tina Poglajen
James Evans

Ahmed Muztaba Zamal
Carlota Mosegui
Teresa Vena

The jury of the “Guild Film Prize” is composed of three members who run cinemas and are members of the AG Kino - Gilde e.V. (association of German Art House Cinemas). The jury awards its prize to a film screened in the Competition.

Members of the Jury 2018
Adrian Kutter
Dominique Henz
Erdmann Lange

The "Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai" (C.I.C.A.E.), the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas, forms one jury for the Panorama and one for the Forum. Each jury awards one prize in its section.

Members of the Jury 2018

Elisa Rosi
Pierre-Alexandre Moreau
Johan Fogde Dias

Natalie Gravenor
Kirill Adibekov
Piotr Szczyszyk

Launched for the first time in 2003 within the Cannes Film Festival, the "Europa Cinemas Label" has been created in order to help European films increase their distribution and raise their profile with audiences and media. The Label is since then awarded by a jury of five member exhibitors to a European film selected in the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes and since 2004 in the Venice Days. Since 2005, Europa Cinemas has been cooperating with the Berlinale to award the Label in the Panorama section.

Members of the Jury 2018
Nora Kasza
Stanislav Ershov
Frederic Cornet
Mustafa El Mesaoudi

The TEDDY AWARD – the most outstanding queer film prize in the world – is a socially engaged, political honour presented to films and people who communicate queer themes on a broad social platform, thereby contributing to tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society.

During the Berlinale the award is presented in the following categories: BEST FEATURE, BEST DOCUMENTARY / ESSAY FILM and BEST SHORT FILM as well as the SPECIAL JURY AWARD. Every year films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the TEDDY AWARDS.

Right from its beginnings in 1987, TEDDY has been intensively engaged in encouraging the next generation of filmmakers. From 2018 this commitment will find further expression in the introduction of the newly created L‛Oréal Paris TEDDY NEWCOMER AWARD, endowed by L‛Oréal Paris. The L‛Oréal Paris TEDDY NEWCOMER AWARD is being presented to a first or second feature-length film with a queer subject matter being screened at the Berlin International Film Festival.

Members of the Jury 2018
Natascha Frankenberg
Bohdan Zhuk
Roisin Geraghty
Franck Finance-Madureira
Marthe Djilo Kamga
Pecha Lo
Antonio Harfuch

A five-person jury awards the Caligari Film Prize to a film in the Forum. The prize is sponsored by the "German Federal Association of Communal Film Work" and the European Filmphilharmonic Institute. The winning film is honoured with 4,000 Euros, half of which is given to the director, the other half is meant to fund distribution.

Members of the Jury 2018
Peter Link
Vanessa Elges
Margarete Wach

The independent Peace Film Prize is awarded annually to films that distinguish themselves through a powerful message of peace and the skilful aesthetic execution of their themes. The jury for the award is composed of seven members, who view films from all sections. The Peace Film Prize is endowed with 5,000 euros in prize money and is presented in the form of a bronze sculpture designed by Otmar Alt.
The award is made possible with the support of the Zehlendorf Peace Intiative, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Weltfriedensdienst e.V.

Members of the Jury 2018
Burhan Qurbani
Lena Müller
Helgard Gammert-Jakli
Peter Steudtner
Florian Hoffmann
Matthias Coers
Miraz Bezar

The German branch of Amnesty International has awarded the Amnesty International Film Prize for the first time at the Berlinale 2005. The prize is worth 5,000 Euros. The jury will view films entered into the Competition, Panorama, Forum and Generation sections, paying special attention to documentaries. The aim of the prize is to draw the attention of audiences and representatives of the film industry to the theme of human rights and encourage filmmakers to tackle this topic.

Members of the Jury 2018
Friederike Kempter
Ali Samadi Ahadi
Bettina Müller

A three-person jury awards the Heiner Carow Prize for the promotion of German cinematic arts to a documentary, feature or essay film in the Panorama section. The award is sponsored by the DEFA Foundation and is worth 5,000 euros. The prize honours films that address the social and political issues of today and in history with extraordinary aesthetic means.

Members of the Jury 2018
Helene Hegemann
Barbara Barlet
Christian Steyer

Readers' Juries and Audience Awards

All Berlinale visitors can use the voting cards to choose the winners of the Audience Award in the Panorama section. The Panorama Audience Award was inaugurated in 1999 and is presented by radioeins radio station, rbb television and the Panorama section.
The voting audience can win raffle prizes provided courtesy of Mastercard.

The jury is made up of twelve readers of the daily newspaper "Berliner Morgenpost". The prize is awarded to a feature film in the Competition section.

Members of the Jury 2018
Angelika Zitzelsberger-Schlez
Inge Schumacher
Wolfgang Jungermann
Alexandra Nagel
Ingrid Kaatz
Kristin Büchner
Felix Waszak
Chiara Santjer
Gerald Wohlschieß
Anke Herzog
Jacqueline Blösch
Derek Stotz

Since the Berlinale 2007, the Berlin-based national daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel" has awarded a Readers' Prize. The jury consists of nine members and the prize is given to the best film in the Forum.

Members of the Jury 2018
Guillaume Bazan
Gabriele Breuer
Annette Sichler
Mona Körte
Wolfram Irmer
Melvyn Zeyns
Birgit Heller
Martin Boschmann
Julia Johannsen

The TEDDY readers’ jury from MANNSCHAFT magazine is presenting the TEDDY READERS’ AWARD powered by MANNSCHAFT at the TEDDY AWARDS prize-giving ceremony. Films with a queer subject matter from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival are competing for the award.

Members of the jury 2018
Martin Busse
Katayun Pirdawari
Holger Beisitzer
Christine Burkart
Adriell Kopp

Development Awards

A jury of three presents the Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the current Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme. The award includes €5,000 in prize money and the director is given a trophy in the form of a compass.

Members of the Jury 2018
Sol Bondy
Jules Herrmann
Sung-Hyung Cho

See also Compass-Perspektive-Award & Kompagnon-Fellowship

Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino jointly award in 2017 the annual Kompagnon-Fellowship. Eligible to apply are directors and screenwriters of short or feature films who were part of the last edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, as well as permanent residents of Germany who will participate in the “Script Station”, ”Doc Station” or ”Short Film Station” at the current edition of Berlinale Talents.

A jury, comprised of three film professionals, will select one winner from Berlinale Talents and one from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. In addition to a stipend of 5,000 euros (2,500 euros for short films) for the independent development of a screenplay or project, the “Kompagnon” also provides a mentoring programme to help strengthen the filmmaker’s artistic signature, alongside professional coaching and improved industry networking opportunities.

Members of the Jury 2018
Sol Bondy
Jules Herrmann
Sung-Hyung Cho

See also Compass-Perspektive-Award & Kompagnon-Fellowship

Since 2011, ARTE has presented the ARTE International Prize, which is worth €6,000 and goes to one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

In 2015 the renowned Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which comes with a prize money of EUR 20,000, was given to the producers of one of around 25 projects selected from the Berlinale Co-Production Market for the first time. Eligible for the award are Co-Production Market projects that have been conceived from the outset as theatrical co-productions involving at least two eligible Eurimages countries. These co-productions may not, however, be solely financial in nature. Outstanding artistic quality and a project’s chances of being realised as a majority European co-production are the main criteria for selecting the winner.

The Talent Project Market offers ten producers taking part in Berlinale Talents the opportunity to present their project to potential coproducers and backers at the Berlinale Co-Prouduction Market. Since 2004, the 10,000 euro VFF Talent Highlight Award has been donated by the VFF copyright agency for film and TV producers during the Talent Project Market. In addition to presenting the main award an international jury appoints two nominees, who will receive € 1,000 each.

Each year, the Robert Bosch Stiftung issues three Film Prizes for International Cooperation between young German filmmakers and their partners from the Arab World (member countries of the Arab League). The prizes are awarded in the categories short animation, documentary (short or feature length), and short fiction film. Young filmmakers in the fields of production, directing, cinematography, and scriptwriting are given an opportunity to explore the methods and creative styles of their partner country. The Film Prize’s award ceremony is held during Berlinale Talents.