Awards and Juries in the Generation section

Please note:
Due to the uncontrollable circumstances and uncertain outcomes caused by the pandemic, the festival has regretfully made the necessary decision to reduce the number of invited films. The Generation short film competitions will therefore be suspended for the up-coming edition. Generation will therefore only be accepting feature film submissions for the Berlinale 2021.
Generation is passionate about the short form and readily acknowledges both its brilliance and its fragility in terms of industry and exhibition on the international stage. The section remains deeply committed to short films and their makers and is looking forward to re-booting this important platform at the Berlinale 2022.

The team of Los lobos, that was awarded the 2020 Grand Prix of the International Jury Kplus

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 in the competition Generation Kplus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film – suspended for the Berlinale 2021 –
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with 7,500 Euros by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 Euros by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) – suspended for the Berlinale 2021 –

Prizes in the competition Generation 14plus

  • Crystal Bear for the Best Film
  • Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film – suspended for the Berlinale 2021 –
  • The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with 7,500 Euros by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)
  • The Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 Euros by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) – suspended for the Berlinale 2021 –

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.