In the Generation Kplus competition:
An eleven-member Children’s Jury (between 11-14 years of age) awards Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and best short films.
The awards donated by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (German Child Support Organisation) are decided upon by the Generation Kplus International Jury. This jury comprises three film professionals.
In the Generation 14plus competition:
A seven-member Youth Jury (between 14-18 years of age) awards Crystal Bears to the best feature-length and best short films.
The awards donated by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) are decided upon by the Generation 14plus International Jury. This jury comprises three film professionals.
All jurors are appointed by the Festival Director at the recommendation of the section head.
No person who has participated in the production or commercial exploitation of a film in competition may serve on the jury of the same competition.
The four juries meet and deliberate separately, according to their own procedures. The section head may attend the deliberations but does not vote. Jury decisions are based on a majority vote. Jury members are sworn to secrecy, even after the Festival is over.
From filmgoer to jury member
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.