Awards and Juries in the Generation section

Prizes of the Youth Jury in the competition Generation 14plus

Notre-Dame du Nil, White Riot, Clebs, Goodbye Golovin

The members of the Youth Jury in Generation 14plus – Julina Jung, Ion Kebernik, Shahida Kitzov, Lucia Maluga, Rocco Mehlhose, Mette Maren Schmahl and Rita Stelling – have awarded the following prizes:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film:

Notre-Dame du Nil (Our Lady of the Nile)
by Atiq Rahimi, France / Belgium / Rwanda
On so many levels, this film has told us the story of people who are geographically and culturally so far away and yet were not foreign to us. The colours, music and poetry captivated us and made us experience the film in all its facets. Because of the superb acting and storytelling, the people were presented to us in their dignity and importance and given an authentic feeling. The film has raised discussions, and it should continue to do so. We were convinced politically, poetically, stylistically and humanly.

Special Mention: White Riot
by Rubika Shah, United Kingdom
The film has created a multi-layered experience, replete with many different snippets and elements, old and new recordings, a lot of creativity and timeless songs. The music holds the film together, just as it had brought people together back then. Once again, it demonstrates to us that history should not be forgotten. We were motivated to stand up for our values together and to shout out against all the injustice we feel. Against racism, against discrimination.
The fight is far from over!

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film:

Clebs (Mutts)
by Halima Ouardiri, Canada / Morocco
We were given an insight into a world which we had never seen before.
We were very impressed by the pictures, the light, the colours and the sounds. The camera captivated us and put us right in the middle of the action; right in the middle of a community, a coexistence, a sense of belonging together amongst hundreds of individuals. The movements, the masses, the organisation of the masses swept us away. We were able to observe the natural within the unnatural. Life in confinement. Wanting to escape and not being able to. Having to get along. Alone and together. The film combines aesthetics and banality. It connects everyday life and politics. It tells of life and lets us feel and comprehend.

Special Mention: Goodbye Golovin
by Mathieu Grimard, Canada

This film, over which we passionately fought during our jury work, is one that made us forget the time. It managed to tell a deep, complex story within a short period of time. By virtue of a harmonious interplay of colours, light, music and camera, the film created a sad, energetic and beautiful mood all at the same time.
In a poetic way, it deals with the topics of running away, liberation and the question: "Who am I and why?"
Thanks to the superb performances of the actors, we were able to empathise incredibly well with the presented situation. Do you have to change your audience in order to change?

The seven members of the Youth Jury in Generation 14plus about their work: „We reviewed 28 films, and each and every one was important. We were touched, shocked, surprised and enraged. The films concerned us. Our jury work has demonstrated to us how enriching many different perspectives are.”

Prizes of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Meu nome é Bagdá, Kaze no Denwa, Clebs, White Winged Horse

The members of the International Jury in Generation 14plus – Abbas Amini, Jenna Bass, Rima Das – have awarded the following prizes:

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film, endowed with 7,500 Euro by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):

Meu nome é Bagdá (My Name Is Baghdad)
by Caru Alves de Souza, Brazil
We were unanimous in the choice of our winning film, a sweeping, generous slice of freedom, filled with beautiful friendships, music, movement and solidarity in action. It was impossible not to be won over by the titular protagonist and her community, and impossible to forget this film’s glorious, power-filled climax. Here is proof that life may not provide us with miracles, but we can overcome all obstacles if we follow our passion.

Special Mention: Kaze no Denwa (Voices in the Wind)
by Nobuhiro Suwa, Japan
We were deeply moved by a gentle yet epic road movie with a haunting finale that was simultaneously devastating and uplifting. In our difficult times, it is more important than ever to hold space for both the emptiness of loss and the warmth of human connection - something this film does with both grace and power.

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 Euro by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education):

Clebs (Mutts)
by Halima Ouardiri, Canada / Morocco
Despite the simplest premise, this short film evolves into a powerful interrogation of humanity, society, animals and the inseparability between them. A striking work of both conscience and heart that brings us closer to comprehending the immensity of our global crises.

Special Mention: White Winged Horse
by Mahyar Mandegar, Iran
This film uses the audience’s imagination to build an exceptional world, following an unlikely protagonist who nonetheless inspires strong emotion. When fantasy eventually re-connects with reality, we can feel as if we are flying away with the white winged horse.

Abbas Amini (Iran)
Abbas Amini has been a filmmaker since he was 13. Living and working in Tehran, he is actively committed to the protection of human rights. In particular, he is a dedicated opponent of child labour, as demonstrated by his artistic work and engagement in the NGO “Association for the Protection of Child Labourers (APCL)”. His two films Valderama (2016) and Hendi va Hormoz (Hendi & Hormoz, 2018), both of which tell about the lives of young Iranians, were shown at Generation 14plus.

Jenna Bass (South Africa)
Jenna Bass lives in South Africa and works as a writer and filmmaker, and she is also former magician. Her award-winning films include The Tunnel (2010) as well as Love the One You Love (2014) and High Fantasy (2017), both developed in a collective. High Fantasy premiered in 2018 at Generation 14plus. Her third feature film, Flatland, was the opening film of Panorama in 2019. Most recently, she completed the short film Sizohlala, which was produced by Jia Zhang-Ke.

Rima Das (India)
As a self-taught cinematic all-rounder and as an advocate for gender equality, Rima Das was recognised by GQ India as one of the “Most Influential Young Indians 2018”. Her film Village Rockstars premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 and subsequently received the Indian Film Award. With Bulbul Can Sing, for which she was responsible for the script, direction, camera, montage, production design and production, she was a guest at Generation 14plus last year and received a Special Mention from the 14plus International Jury.

Prizes of the Children’s Jury in the Competition Generation Kplus

Sweet Thing, H Is for Happiness, El nombre del hijo, El sghayra

The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Jan-Niclas Henningsen, Noa Liebscher, Mariama Lucks, Konstantin Marx, Nick Müller, Emilia Pegler, Franz Jurek Linus Roller, Sylvester Savelberg, Line-Liv Schmahl, Mathilde Teichmann and Clara Helene Vogt – have awarded the following prizes:

Crystal Bear for the Best Film:

Sweet Thing
by Alexandre Rockwell, USA
A story full of youthful hopes and cohesion, which, in contrast to the achromatic reality characterised by domestic violence, unfolds with a breath-taking tempo and perfect performances. This film demonstrates how hope and courage lie in music. However, we also loved this film on the technical level. Because it deliberately leads us into the old world of film, unknown to the younger generation, and thus creates an ingenious contrast between black and white and the colourful.

Special Mention: H Is for Happiness
by John Sheedy, Australia
A motivating film from start to finish in which the protagonist attempts to bring the family back together. We were easily able to identify with the characters. The alphabet led us through a humorous and at the same time profound film.

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film:

El nombre del hijo (The Name of the Son)
by Martina Matzkin, Argentina*
The short film tells of a boy’s self-doubts regarding his identity and illustrates thereby a strong father-son relationship. Although we have never been in a situation like this, thanks to the great acting on an emotional level, we were able to immerse ourselves in the story. It is difficult to put into words how touching a simple story with a solid background can be.

Special Mention: El sghayra (Miss)
by Amira Géhanne Khalfallah, Algeria / France
This film shows how a playful, young girl creates her own world by virtue of her independence and zest for life. In a breath-taking landscape, we witness how people open each other’s eyes. The film also left us with open eyes.

Prizes of the of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Los Lobos, Mignonnes, Mamá, mamá, mamá, El nombre del hijo, The Kites

The members of the International Jury Generation Kplus – Marine Atlan, María Novaro and Erik Schmitt – have awarded the following prizes:

The Grand Prix of the International Jury in Generation Kplus for the Best Film, endowed with 7,500 Euros by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany):

Los Lobos (The Wolves)
by Samuel Kishi Leopo, Mexico
A mother sacrifices the moment for the future. Her children are thrown into a new world, with new rules, all of which are recorded on a tape recorder that sets the frame for this intimate play. And together with the two brothers, we try to look for a solution as to how to create a new space in fantasy and reality. How to be a child in a world with a closed door? We feel what those boys feel, at any time in this unique film. We are there with them, huddled and imprisoned in a cramped space, a dirty room with a stinky rug. We learn English with a tape recorder. We want to break out. We are there with them, held up by the hope that soon, we will have a childhood again - that soon, we will visit Disneyland. For the very special and creative approach exemplified by this tale, we are happy to give Los Lobos this important prize.

Special Mentions:

Mignonnes (Cuties)
by Maïmouna Doucouré, France


Mamá, mamá, mamá (Mum, Mum, Mum)
by Sol Berruezo Pichon-Rivière, Argentina

This year, we made a rather uncommon decision. We decided to give a special mention to two films at the same time. The reason for that is not that we could not decide, but because these two films are connected in a beautiful way. The filmic language could not be more different. One is full of energy, the other one is told with poetic ambiguity. Whereas one is courageously harsh and direct, the other is delicate and suggestive. Nevertheless, both films deal in a truly unique and fascinating manner with the exact moment in which young girls find their identities through fear and togetherness.

The Special Prize of the International Jury in Generation Kplus for the Best Short Film, endowed with 2,500 Euros by the Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany):

El nombre del hijo (The Name of the Son)
by Martina Matzkin, Argentina
Because it is important for the world to see who you really are, and because confusion, pain and goodwill are beautifully told in this piece about a loving father and his two children in a brief moment of their lives.

Special Mention: The Kites
by Seyed Payam Hosseini, Iran

Because this is a film that tells us about borders, how they can be dizzying, terrifying and arbitrary. And because it’s a poetic tale that shows us that language can go beyond words and that empathy can be felt from afar.

Marine Atlan (France)
The cinematographer and director Marine Atlan studied at La Fémis in Paris and worked as a camera woman for films by Louise Hémon, Benoît Bouthors, Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel. Her debut film Les amours vertes (2016) was awarded the main prize at the Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival. For the sensitive staging of the film Daniel fait face, she received a Special Mention in the Kplus competition in 2019.

María Novaro (Mexico)
Mexican filmmaker María Novaro premiered with her feature film Tesoros at Generation in 2017. Her films have been shown at all renowned film festivals worldwide, including Danzón in 1991 in Cannes and Sin dejar huella (Leaving No Trace) in 2000 at Sundance. In the 1970s, she was part of the artist collective “Cine-Mujer”. Today, she heads the Mexican film institute IMCINE.

Erik Schmitt (Germany)
The German director Erik Schmitt has a close connection with Generation. Following his two short films Nashorn im Galopp (2013) and Berlin Metanoia (2016), his feature film debut Cleo opened the Generation Kplus competition in 2019. He received the German Short Film Award for Nun sehen Sie Folgendes (Now Follows, 2011). He is currently working on the science fiction film Rebel Girl with his Berlin production company Seven Elephants.

The Children’s and the Youth Jury

The youngest official Berlinale juries consist of eleven Berlin children between eleven and 14 years of age for the Generation Kplus competition and seven young people from 14 years of age for the Generation 14plus competition. Independent of the International Juries, they will award the Crystal Bears for the Best Short and Best Film. Young festival attendees who have shared their thoughts and comments on Generation films via the film questionnaires can qualify for participation in the Children’s or Youth jury.

The New Jury AG Kino Gilde 14plus

In addition to the official juries, the independent jury AG Kino Gilde 14plus, consisting of three young, independent cinema operators, will award a prize to a feature film from the Generation 14plus competition for the first time this year. ”We are pleased to support a significant step towards cinema exploitation in Germany. This move is aimed at making more qualitative films visible to a young audience beyond the Berlinale,” says section head Maryanne Redpath regarding the new cooperation with the AG Kino – Gilde e.V.