Berlinale: Prizes Independent Juries

Prizes of the Independent Juries

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.

Prize Winner Competition 2014

Kreuzweg (Stations of the Cross)
by Dietrich Brüggemann

Jury Statement
14 year-old Maria grows up in a fundamental Catholic community and tries to understand what it means to give one’s life to God. The 14 chapters modeled on the Stations of the Cross are coherently filmed in a tableau-style with hardly any camera-movements or music. They portray the destructive aspects of any fundamentalism but also lead us to reflect about the meaning of compassionate faith.

Special Mention:
by Yann Demange

Prize Winner Panorama 2014

by John Michael McDonagh

Jury Statement
An Irish-Catholic priest learns during a confession that he has only one more week to live before he will be killed. Will his moral integrity lead him to bear the sins of his church? Various serious topics are often dealt with in a dark humorous way. Brendan Gleeson’s memorable performance will become a classic in the canon of movie-priests.

Special Mention:
Triptyque (Triptych)
by Robert Lepage, Pedro Pires

Prize Winner Forum 2014

Sto spiti (At Home)
by Athanasios Karanikolas

Jury Statement
Nadja, a Georgian migrant woman, works without any benefits as a housekeeper for an upperclass Greek family. For years she has lived as a part of the family – but suddenly she is diagnosed with a serious illness just as the father of the family runs into some financial difficulties. The film highlights the inherent dignity of a woman at the margins of society.

Members of the Jury 2014:
Thomas Schüpbach
Karel Deburchgrave
Christoph Strack
Gabriella Lettini
Antonio Urrata
Dirk von Jutrczenka

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.

Prize Winner Competition 2014

Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life of Riley)
by Alain Resnais

Jury Statement
The FIPRESCI jury has seen a number of accomplished films that were not very original, and a number of films that were original but not very accomplished. Therefore the jury unanimously gave its prize to Aimer, Boire et Chanter (Life of Riley) from Alain Rennais, who once more testifies of his interest in formal experiments and of his constant renewal.

Prize Winner Panorama 2014

Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho (The Way He Looks)
by Daniel Ribeiro

Jury Statement
Hoje eu quero voltar sozinho (The Way He Looks) is both formally innovative and a wonderfully relaxed comedy about first love with a light touch. It happens to feature a protagonist who is both gay and blind, but it doesn't over-stress issues of sexuality and disability.

Prize Winner Forum 2014

by Ayumi Sakamoto

Jury Statement
It is the unanimous opinion of the jury that Forma is an excellent film. Its story is small, but it is worked out very precisely, with great eye for detail and without any cinematic tricks. It is a sober film without any music, with great vulnerable characters. We think this young director could make great films in the years to come.

Members of the Jury 2014
Michel Ciment (Jury President), Dubravka Lakic, Hauvick Habechian (Competition),
Lesley Chow, Paulo Portugal, Sophie Charlotte Rieger (Panorama),
Mihai Fulger, Luuk Imhann, Bettina Schuler (Forum)

The jury of the "Gilde deutscher Filmkunsttheater“ (Guild of German Art House Cinemas) is composed of three members who run cinemas and are members of the Guild. The jury awards its prize to a film screened in the Competition.

Prize Winner 2014

by Richard Linklater

Jury Statement
The Guild of German Art House Cinemas Jury decided to award with unanimity a unique film project – Richard Linklater’s Boyhood.
In his outstanding production, three hours in the cinema become a wonderful intensified time experience of human growths. Warmhearted and with ingenious dialogues, he and his brilliant ensemble succeed in making the magic of the everyday apparent and in taking a glance at the possibilities and challenges of modern family life in an encouraging and exhilarant way.

Members of the Jury 2014
Adrian Kutter
Silvia Bahl
Florian Lampersberger

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 2014
Kathrin Kohlstedde
Boris Thomas
Edvinas Puksta
Kathy Bonomi
Sylvie Da Rocha
Jörg Jacob

Prize Winner Panorama 2014

Kuzu (The Lamb)
by Kutluğ Ataman

Jury Statement
This film, set in Anatolia, is an allegorical tale about coping with the modern world through childlike, intuitive understanding. Humorous and gentle, the story is about the poorest family in a remote mountain community, which can’t afford a lamb for the celebration of their son’s circumcision. Every aspect of the filmmaker’s art comes together in service of the story, from cinematography that captures the enormity and power of the landscape to superb casting and performances, especially by the young actors. Director Kutlug Ataman serves up a cinematic feast with his film Kuzu (The Lamb).

Prize Winner Forum 2014

She's Lost Control
by Anja Marquardt

Jury Statement
This year the CICAE Jury in the Forum decided to award She’s Lost Control, an intimate, sensual, multi-layered debut film that bravely explores a hidden topic in modern society. Director Anja Marquardt takes us on emotional journey through the inner world of “sexual surrogate” Ronah. We felt impressed by the intense and authentic performance of actress Brooke Bloome. We believe in the necessity to expose this gripping film to a broader audience.

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.

Prize Winner 2014

by Eskil Vogt

Jury Statement
Blind is a breath of fresh air – an original debut feature with a really interesting approach to narrative structure. The film teases the audience, playing with notions of fantasy and reality. Above all, it is an arthouse film that will engage with and provoke debate among the younger audience – a welcome counter-point to the predominance of middle-aged dramas.

Members of the Jury 2014
Hrönn Sveinsdottir
David O Mahony
Laurent Dutoit
Matthias Stütz

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 TEDDY AWARD which goes to extraordinary personalities. Every year films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the TEDDY AWARDS.

Best Feature Film 2014

Hoje Eu Quero Voltar Sozinho (The Way He Looks)
by Daniel Ribeiro

Jury Statement
A joyous debut feature from a director who combines great writing, characterization, performance, camera, and music to deliver a film that soars above the well-explored coming of age genre, giving new meaning to the old adage ‘love is blind’.

Best Documentary/Essay Film 2014

Der Kreis (The Circle)
by Stefan Haupt

Jury Statement
A film that reflects on personal Queer histories in mid-twentieth century Swizterland, brings to light the necessity and urgency to resist and engage with homophobia as it proliferates around the planet.

Best Short Film 2014

Mondial 2010
by Roy Dib

Jury Statement
A film that takes us on a journey, both literal and personal through a hazardous landscape where invisibility is a necessary aspect of Queer survival.

Teddy Jury Award 2014

Pierrot Lunaire
by Bruce LaBruce

Jury Statement
The Teddy Jury would like to recognize Bruce LaBruce’s important new piece Pierrot Lunaire as a significant addition to his ouvre, that continues to explore the notion of ‘Queer’ in every sense. Melding theatricality with edgy cinematic language, a remarkable performance by Susanne Sachsse, with sophisticated use of music, Bruce recombines these elements to renew the classic Avant garde.

Members of the Jury 2014
Ana David
Masha Godovannaya
Julián David Correa
Marten Rabarts
Dave KIM
Ellen Becht
Andrew Murphy
Oskar Ericsson
Lucia Kájanková

In 2012, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section’s eleventh year, the Berlinale launched the “Made in Germany - Perspektive Fellowship”, funded by Glashütte Original. The 15,000-euro fellowship is conceived to support emerging German directors in developing a film project, material and screenplay, and will be awarded to a talented new filmmaker from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. All of the directors who presented films in the Perspektive programme of the previous year can apply.

Prize Winner 2014

Sandra Kaudelka
for Intershop


Sebastian Mez
for 274

Members of the Jury 2014
Katja Eichinger
Frieder Schlaich
Andres Veiel

Since 2004, the prize "FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective", has been awarded to a film entry in the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino. The French-German Youth Office (FGYO) is already for the tenth time the sponsor of the “FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective”, endowed with 5,000 €. The prize is the result of an intercultural dialogue on film between young people from three different countries: France, Germany and an annually changing third country.

The prize is awarded to the film that equally impresses the young and critical jury members from the three nations. The prize jury is composed of seven members and is headed by a president. The jury members are selected by the prize donators by means of a public call for application. The president of the jury is a professional whose work enriches the cinematographic dialogue between France and Germany.This jury is the only one at the Berlin International Film Festival which is constituted after an open call for tender. Further information on conditions of participation is available here (in German and French only!).

Prize Winner 2014

Anderswo (Anywhere Else)
by Ester Amrami

Jury Statement
The Jury awards the "FGYO-Award Dialogue en perspective" to Anderswo (Anywhere Else) by Ester Amrami for its sensitive language crossing frontiers and its reflective yet humorous and extraordinary touching look at our world.

Special Mention:
nebel (fog)
by Nicole Vögele

Jury 2014
Denis Dercourt (Jury President)
Manon Cavagna
Rebecca Raab
Tom Ullrich
Mathilde Saraux
Lucie Brux
Clément Konopnicki
Itamar Gov

A three-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 “filmdienst” magazine. 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.

Prize Winner 2014

Das große Museum (The Great Museum)
by Johannes Holzhausen

Jury Statement
Followed by beautifully gliding camera, a man on a scooter pushes himself through the endless corridors of Vienna's Museum of Art History – and comes to a stop at a copy machine. A more visually sumptuous presentation of the balancing act between culture and bureaucracy is hardly possible. The film is full of such ironically tinged references, as well as endearingly delineated protagonists who dedicate their blood, sweat and tears to the conservation of art objects. The director succeeds at taking an informative, humorous and intelligent look behind the curtains of a major museum, a museum that must assert itself against international competition.

Members of the Jury 2014
Claudia Cornelius
Marit Vahjen
Rolf-Rüdiger Hamacher

The Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) is an alliance of festival organisers and film critics whose aim is to support Asian film. The jury awards a prize to an Asian film screened in the Forum.

Prize Winner 2014

Cheol-ae-kum (A Dream of Iron)
by Kelvin Kyung Kun Park

Non-fiction Diary
by Jung Yoon-suk

Members of the Jury 2014
Nick Palevsky
Tan Bee Thiam
Axel Estein

The jury comprises nine members who view films from all sections. The Peace Film Prize is awarded in the form of a bronze sculpture by Otmar Alt and includes prize money of 5,000 euros. It is awarded under the patronage of the International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War and supported by the Zehlendorf Peace Intiative, the Heinrich Böll Foundation, the International Auschwitz Committee and the IPPNW.

Prize Winner 2014

We Come as Friends
by Hubert Sauper

Members of the Jury 2014
Marianne Wündrich-Brosien
Helgard Gammert-Jakli
Claudia Gehre
Martin Zint
Till Passow
Michael Kotschi
Katrin Schlösser
Elias Gottstein
Andreas Altenhof

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.

Prize Winner 2014

Al midan (The Square)
by Jehane Noujaim

Jury Statement
The documentary Al midan traces the development of the protests on Cairo’s Tahrir Square between 2011 and 2013. The greatest strength of the film are its three protagonists: Ahmed, Khaled and Magdy come from fundamentally different walks of life, but irrespective of their background, they pursue one common goal on Tahrir Square: a free Egypt. The film accompanies them and the Egyptian people for three years and documents their involvement alternating between euphoria and frustration.
Apart from the political explosiveness and the human dimension of the stories, we were fascinated by the film’s visual language. The camera keeps on rolling even in the most critical situations. Without taking sides, it finds powerful images that show moments of failure, of mortal fear, of hope, of frustration and, most of all, of courage.
Al midan is one of the most courageous films we have seen in recent years. We were deeply impressed by the courage of the Egyptians, the protagonists and the team who made the film. They created a film that looks back to open a view to the future. Al midan shows that the commitment and the determination of the Egyptians were not in vain: They have learnt how to rise against any system which oppresses them and how to demand their dignity.

Members of the Jury 2014
Regina Ziegler
Ines Wildhage
Melika Foroutan

CINEMA fairbindet is a developmental special prize, that has been awarded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development at the Berlinale film festival since 2011. Every year this award recognizes an outstanding feature or documentary film, which inspires by the cinematic creativity. The award-winning film focuses on global development and human rights issues contributing to intercultural dialogue and encouraging audiences to discover new perspectives. The winning film will then go on a roadshow through Germany and be shown to a wide audience.

Prize Winner 2014

Concerning Violence
by Göran Hugo Olsson

Jury Statement
Frantz Fanon's historical text about colonialism, strikingly narrated by Lauryn Hill, combined with a unique use of archival material creates a powerful and poetic contemporary film.
The director has produced an impressive work by transforming theoretical and complex ideas into a cinematographic, emotional experience.
He gives us surprising insights into the state of our world today.
This mesmerizing film reminds us that violence remains a central challenge to humanity.

Members of the jury 2014
Ernst Szebedits
Djo Munga
Rania Stephan

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.

Prize Winner 2014

Meine Mutter, ein Krieg und ich (My Mother, a War and Me)
by Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt
Jury Statement (in German only)
Heiner Carow, sein Werk steht für radikal provozierende Subjektivität, kraftvolle und subtile Poetik, den historischen Weitblick auf heutigs Leben und für die tiefe Liebe zu seinen Protagonisten.
Meine Mutter, ein Krieg und ich, von Tamara Trampe und Johann Feindt, der Film, der heute mit dem Heiner-Carow-Preis ausgezeichnet wird, kann diese Attribute für sich beanspruchen. Die 70-jährige Regisseurin macht sich auf den Weg in das Land ihrer Geburt, in die Ukraine, damals Teil der Sowjetunion, wo sie 1942 mitten im Winter mitten im Krieg geboren wurde. Nach Gesprächen mit ihrer sehr alten Mutter in Berlin, sucht sie heute die Stätten ihrer Kindheit, letzte Verwandte dort und Kolleginnen der Mutter auf, die als Frontkrankenschwester in der Roten Armee kämpfte. Tamara Trampe sucht auch die Wahrheit über ihren Vater, den sie niemals kennenlernte.
Dieser Film hat die seltene Kraft, über seine sehr persönliche Geschichte, seine Protagonisten, Bilder und Texte in eine nicht nur historische Betrachtung zu gelangen, die einen ergreift und lange nicht in Ruhe lässt.
Ein warmherziger und gescheiter Film über die manchmal schmerzhafte Suche nach dem, was uns so sein lässt, wie wir sind. Dazu gratulieren wir Tamara Trampe und Johann Feindt.

Members of the Jury 2014
Jan Krüger
Peter Welz
Gudrun Scherp

In cooperation with the Allianz Cultural Foundation, Forum Expanded will bestow the Think:Film Award. The three-person jury will select a film or artistic work from the Forum Expanded programme that creatively uses its own medium to artistically capture and reflect geopolitical contexts, and in doing so, expands the scope of aesthetic experience and stimulates a change of perspective.

The award includes trips to Berlin and Cairo with a public presentation of the selected work, as well as a travel budget of 1,000 Euro. The Arsenal Institute for Film and Video Art, and its partner institution, the Cimatheque - Alternative Film Center in Cairo will host the presentations.

Prize Winner 2014

Provenance by Amie Siegel

Readers' Juries and Audience Awards

All Berlinale visitors can vote for the Panorama Audience Award by filling in a vote sheet. The prize was started in 1999 and is made possible by a joint initiative between the Berlin city magazine tip, the radio channel radioeins and the Panorama section itself.

Prize Winner Fiction Film 2014

by Zeresenay Berhane Mehari

Prize Winner Documentary Film 2014

Der Kreis (The Circle)
by Stefan Haupt

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.

Prize Winner 2014

by Richard Linklater

Members of the Jury 2014
Samira Abadian
Julian Baller
Christiane Burrell
Silke Ewald
Nikos Fragkou
Juliane Hélary
Guillaume Imbert
Iris Immenhausen
Severin Mahncke
Lutz-Peter Schmitz
Nina Steko
Harriet Wollenberg

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.

Prize Winner 2014

Zamatoví teroristi (Velvet Terrorists)
von Pavol Pekarčík, Ivan Ostrochovský, Peter Kerekes

Jury Statement
The Tagesspiegel Readers’ Jury goes to Zamatoví teroristi (Velvet Terrorists) for its tongue in cheek treatment of a controversial subject. The film creates a portrait of three extremely different characters in the former Czechoslovakia, three rebels on the verge of terrorism. We found its successful combination of fiction and documentary particularly convincing.

Members of the Jury 2014
Holger Beisitzer
Nadine Funke
Sibylle Haas
Jutta Liesen
Therese Mausbach
Cornelia Raakow
Iven Romanow
Hans-Wilhelm Sierth
Woon-Mo Sung

Jury Support: Angela Hanawald

The jury, which is made up of seven readers of the Berlin gay and lesbian magazine "Siegessäule", takes into account all films with gay or lesbian content, regardless of which section they are in. The prize is awarded to a feature-length film and is endowed with 1,000 Euro.

Prize Winner 2014

52 Tuesdays
by Sophie Hyde

Jury Statement
By showing 52 different Tuesdays the film portrays human diversity and the development of its characters with a really positive perspective on life and without any judgement.

Members of the Jury 2014
Niklaus Gruntz
Patrick Lange
Donald Ilte
Edwige Bernanoce
Ins A Kromminga
Katrin Öberg
Manuel Stotzka

Prizes Berlinale Co-Production Market & Berlinale Talents

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

Award winner 2014

Emir Baigazin from Kazakhstan

For The Wounded Angel, produced by Kazakhfilm JSC, Kazakhstan.

The Talent Project Market offers about ten producers and directors 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 Pitch Award has been donated by the VFF copyright agency for film and TV producers during the Talent Project Market. An international jury presents the award to the most promising project in terms of its realisability and potential as a film production.

Award winner 2014

Bavo Defurne from Belgium
For Souvenir

The Sound Studio is a hands-on training programme for all sound designers and score composers participating in Berlinale Talents. The programme features workshops, case studies and presentations, which focus on the use of sound in the filmmaking process and its importance for the narrative structure of a story. Participants in the 2014 Sound Studio had the opportunity to do sound design for a Dolby® Atmos policy trailer which will be used in Dolby® Atmos cinemas worldwide. The winner will travel to Dolby® in Wootton Basset, England, to complete the final mixing using Dolby® Atmos.

Award winner 2014

Yulia Glukhova (Russian Federation)