Awards and Juries in the Generation section

Given the two-tier format of this year's Berlinale, an International Jury has decided 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 by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)) during the Berlinale Industry Event in March.

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 jurors of the Generation International Jury Jella Haase, Mees Peijnenburg and Melanie Waelde have announced the following winners:
Videos of the award announcements and the reactions of the winners

Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Kplus competition

endowed with 7,500 Euros by the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk (German Children’s Fund)

Han Nan Xia Ri (Summer Blur)
by Han Shuai

Jury statement: “This film convinces with its energetic strong visual power and its outstanding combination of all levels of filmmaking. Thereby it creates a summer fairy tale that dances on the edge of a nightmare. In every second, one could sense the heat, the thick air and the pressure that is on the main character. The focus is always on the children’s feelings, perspective and perception, which gives the possibility to share the pain of finding ourselves and our way.”

Special Mention in the Kplus competition

Una escuela en Cerro Hueso (A School in Cerro Hueso)
by Betania Cappato

Jury statement: “With beautiful, heart-warming and strong cinematic vision, the spectator gets invited to a hypnotic and spiritual journey. An intimate and personal film that leaves space and creates space, searches for the similarities, not the differences, looks openly into the world and thus enables a sensitive, hopeful vision of solidarity.”

Grand Prix for the Best Film in the 14plus competition

endowed with 7,500 Euros by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education)

La Mif (The Fam)
von Fred Baillif

Jury statement: “Like a rushing, energetic, pulsing heartbeat, this film pushes its characters and viewers in brutal honesty through different stories and incidents. Carried by captivating and strong acting performances it never loses its balance between power and vulnerability. The film pulls you in, never let’s go and hits straight to the heart.”

Special Mention in the 14plus competition

Cryptozoo
by Dash Shaw

Jury statement: “Portraying sensitive characters in a beautiful and brutal dystopian world, the film gives a ray of hope while it raises big questions. This outstanding artwork naturally handles topics like sex, gender, war, society and relationships. A stepping stone to question society and to never forget to use our imagination for new perspectives. A mind-blowing, disturbing, and visionary trip.”

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