Awards and Juries in the Generation section

Given the two-tier format of this year's Berlinale, an International Jury will decide upon the winners of the Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Kplus competition (endowed with 7,500 Euros and sponsored by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk/German Children's Fund) and the Grand Prix for the Best Film in the 14plus competition (endowed with 7,500 Euros as well) during the Berlinale Industry Event in March.
The prize winners will be announced on March 4.
The award ceremony will take place in June at the Berlinale Summer Special.

The Generation Children's and Youth Juries will watch the Generation competition entries at the Summer Special and award the Crystal Bears as the highlight of the Generation programme in June.

The 2021 Generation International Jury

Jella Haase (Germany) - Actress

Jella Haase celebrated two world premieres as an actress at the Berlinale 2020: In Burhan Qurbani's Competition entry Berlin Alexanderplatz and in Leonie Krippendorff's Kokon (Cocoon), the opening film of Generation 14plus. In 2016, she was awarded the European Shooting Star at the Berlinale. She is known to a wide audience by virtue of the German comedy trilogy Fack ju Göhte (2017, 2015, 2013), and her acting performance was nominated for the German Film Prize. Since 2019, Jella Haase has been a permanent member of the Berliner Volksbühne ensemble. She is committed to the movements “Fridays for Future” and “Leave No One Behind”, and she actively campaigns against racism.

© Peter Hartwig

Mees Peijnenburg (Netherlands) - Director

The Dutch director has so far presented three of his films at the Berlinale: His graduation film Cowboys Janken Ook (Even Cowboys Get to Cry) was screened in the short film competition at Generation 14plus in 2014; with A Hole in My Heart, he was again in the short film competition of 14plus in 2015; Most recently, his feature film Paradise Drifters was screened at Generation 14plus in 2020. Peijnenburg has consistently characterised his films, photo series, music videos and commercial spots by experimenting with different narrative forms and using his own distinct imagery and intimate creative style. He was the winner of the Golden Calf (aka a Dutch Oscar) 2015 for his film We Will Never Be Royals, and he was awarded the Director's Award in 2016 by the renowned Dutch Directors Guild.

© Frau Caecilia Rasch

Melanie Waelde (Germany) - Director and Screenwriter

Melanie Waelde celebrated the world premiere of her debut feature film Nackte Tiere (Naked Animals) at the Berlinale 2020 in the section Encounters / Cross Section Generation. The film received a Special Mention from the Jury of the GWFF Best First Feature Award. In addition, Nackte Tiere was nominated in four categories for the German Film Critics' Prize, including Best Fiction Film. Waelde carefully channels her work directly and observationally, following feelings more than logic. As a director, she is interested in the cinema as a space of experience in which there is no need to explain, but which can be experienced. Since 2018, she has also been writing for the children's series Schloss Einstein and has worked as an author for various documentary film projects.

© Jan Mayntz