At the Summer Special (June 9 - 20), the festival audience will have the opportunity to vote on the 15 films from the Competition section for the 2021 Berlinale Competition Audience Award.
The 2021 Berlinale Competition Audience Award will be presented at this year’s festival in cooperation with radioeins (rbb), rbb Fernsehen and the Berlin International Film Festival one time only for the Competition section. The award presentation and screening of the winning film will take place on June 20, 2021 at 7 pm at Freiluftkino Museumsinsel.
All Berlinale visitors can use the voting cards to choose the winner of the Audience Award in the Panorama section. The Panorama Audience Award was inaugurated in 1999 and is presented by radioeins radio station, rbb television and the Panorama section.
The winner of the 2021 Panorama Audience Award is scheduled to be determined during the Summer Special and the awards will be presented on June 20, 2021 at 9.30 pm at Freiluftkino Kreuzberg.
Award Perspektive Deutsches Kino
A jury of three presents the Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the current Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme. The award includes 5,000 Euros in prize money and the director is given a trophy in the form of a compass.
The presentation of the Compass Perspective Award will take place during the Berlinale Summer Special.
Prizes of Independent Juries*
The TEDDY AWARD – the most outstanding queer film prize in the world – is a socially engaged, political honour presented to films and people who communicate queer themes on a broad social platform, thereby contributing to tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society.
During the Berlinale 2021 the award is presented in the following categories: BEST FEATURE, BEST SHORT FILM and JURY AWARD as well as the SPECIAL TEDDY AWARD which is awarded to outstanding personalities.. Every year films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the TEDDY AWARDS.
The presentation of the TEDDY AWARDS will take place during the Berlinale Summer Special.
A three-person jury awards the Caligari Film Prize to a film in the Forum. The prize is sponsored by the "German Federal Association of Communal Film Work" and filmdienst.de. The winning film is honoured with 4,000 Euros, half of which is given to the director, the other half is meant to fund distribution.
The presentation of the Caligari Film Prize will take place during the Berlinale Summer Special.
Prize Winner 2021
A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces by Shengze Zhu
A River Runs, Turns, Erases, Replaces is not a film that easily carries you off right from the first shot. But then the extraordinary framing and the multi-layered sound draws the audience in all the more strongly. The film's stylistic consistency is captivating: in tableau-like long shots, the film captures the sadness and stagnation during and after the Corona pandemic. Moments of loneliness and isolation, even as we watch celebrations and crowds in the frame are matched by the sadness and inner emptiness of the superimposed characters. Director Shengze Zhu turns the river, its banks and bridges into a poetic image of her hometown Wuhan in contemporary China. And while the coldness of a surveillance camera marks the beginning of the film, it leads to hope after despair. Artificial light makes the city shine in rainbow colors.
Members of the Jury 2021
Elena Baumeister (Filmmuseum Potsdam)
Wolfgang Hamdorf (Filmdienst)
Antonia Papagno (Kommunales Kino Trossingen)
The juries of the “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique” (FIPRESCI), the international film critics association, view films from the Competition programme and the Encounters, Panorama and Forum sections. They award a prize for the best film in each of these sections.
In 2021, the jury members viewed the films during the Industry Event in March and decided on the following awards:
Prize Winner Competition 2021
Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt? (What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?) by Alexandre Koberidze
Unpredictable in its storytelling and its form, this film relies on a premise that is both magical and fateful and yet also roots itself in a beautifully naturalistic portrait of memorable people and their city, Kutaisi. Whether gazing at a kids' soccer game, a statue, or two pairs of feet in a brief accidental encounter, Alexandre Koberidze turns the ordinary into the poetic, the stuff of life touched by cinematic enchantment.
Prize Winner Encounters 2021
Das Mädchen und die Spinne (The Girl And The Spider) by Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher
A broken pdf. A dog stealing sponges. A young woman with injuries. Holes in plastic cups from which wine spills over the table and floor like blood. What begins as a move from one flat to another gradually reveals misunderstandings between people and malfunctions of objects. Ambiguous glances, and a language that is poetic but no longer conveys anything, further increases the tension. In very sharp and clear images, Ramon and Silvan Zürcher succeed as few do, in what is becoming increasingly important in the cinema of the 21st century: They create their own aesthetic and narrative universe. Full of lightness and seriousness at the same time, the directors establish a hyper-realistic world full of dark details that can always lead to an emotional outburst - a shiny and irritated surface in which the cracks of our time open up.
Prize Winner Panorama 2021
Okul Tiraşi (Brother‘s Keeper) by Ferit Karahan
Set in a boarding school for Kurdish boys in Eastern Anatolia, this formally rigorous, technically accomplished drama tackles issues like authoritarianism in a straightforward way that ratchets up tension like a thriller.
Prize Winner Forum 20201
Esquí (Ski) by Manque La Banca
Esquí invites the spectator to a wide panorama of situations, portraits, landscapes, contexts and even unexplained sequences working as open metaphors in often surprising and challenging images. In this way Manque La Banca bypasses any possible reconstruction of a red line, so spectators easily can get lost. Suddenly he confronts himself with harsh criticism, spoken from off-camera, against a certain kind of contemporary filmmaking. Consequently, he again changes the impact, now offering political context to create an even more complex tableau. Through a brilliant way of editing a key scene mentioned by the off-camera critic, which screens immediately after, followed again by images which are not ending, but opening up new questions and associations, Esqui manages to be an elegant play with complexity.
Members of the Juries 2021
Guilherme de Alencar Pinto
Ramy Hassan Aldelrazek
The 2021 development awards were presented during the Berlinale Industry Event in March.
Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino jointly award since 2017 the annual Kompagnon-Fellowship. Eligible to apply are directors and screenwriters of short or feature films who were part of the last edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, as well as permanent residents of Germany who will participate in the “Script Station”, ”Doc Station” or ”Short Form Station” at the current edition of Berlinale Talents.
A jury, comprised of three film professionals, will select one winner from Berlinale Talents and one from Perspektive Deutsches Kino. In addition to a stipend of 5,000 Euros (2,500 Euros for short films) for the independent development of a screenplay or project, the “Kompagnon” also provides a mentoring programme to help strengthen the filmmaker’s artistic signature, alongside professional coaching and improved industry networking opportunities.
Prize winners 2021
Der Arbeiter by Eliza Petkova (Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2020 with Ein Fisch, der auf dem Rücken schwimmt)
Wir waren Kumpel by Jonas Matauschek (Berlinale Talents 2021) & Christian Johannes Koch
Members of the Jury 2021:
Simon Dat Vu
Since 2011, ARTE has presented the ARTEKino International Award, which is worth 6,000 Euros and goes to one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.
Award winner 2021:
Who Killed Narciso (directed by Marcelo Martinessi)
La Babosa Cine
In 2015 the renowned Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, which comes with a prize money of 20,000 Euros, was given to the producers of one of around 25 projects selected from the Berlinale Co-Production Market for the first time. Eligible for the award are Co-Production Market projects that have been conceived from the outset as theatrical co-productions involving at least two eligible Eurimages countries. These co-productions may not, however, be solely financial in nature. Outstanding artistic quality and a project’s chances of being realised as a majority European co-production are the main criteria for selecting the winner.
Award winner 2021
The Oblivion Theory (directed by Annemarie Jacir)
Incognito Films / One Two Films
Jury members 2021:
The "Talent Project Market" offers ten producers taking part in Berlinale Talents the opportunity to present their project to potential coproducers and backers at the Berlinale Co-Prouduction Market. Since 2004, the 10,000 Euros VFF Talent Highlight Award has been donated by the VFF copyright agency for film and TV producers during the "Talent Project Market". In addition to presenting the main award an international jury appoints two nominees, who will receive 1,000 Euros each.
Award winner 2021:
Tropical Gothic (directed by Isabel Sandoval)
Producer: Carlo Velayo
for a project from the Berlinale Talents "Doc Station", endowed with 5,000 Euros, awarded for the first time and initiated by the Thessaloniki International Film Festival.
Prize Winner 2021:
Dragons by Miguel Antunes Ramos (Brazil)
The Two Mountains Weighing Down My Chest by Viv Li (Germany / China)
Members of the Jury 2021:
Witin the framework of Berlinale Talents the Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH issues two film prizes for international cooperation between young German and Arab filmmakers (members of the Arab League) to jointly realise a film project in co-production. Two "Best Pitch Awards“ are endowed with 10,000 Euros each.
Prize winners „Best-Pitch-Award” 2021:
The Missing Planet by Marouan Omara and Tom Rosenberg
produced by Michael Henrichs and Mark Lotfy (Germany/ Egypt)
Nobody Wants the Night by Remi Itani
produced by Janina Sara Hennemann and Aya Nabulsi (Germany / Lebanon)
Jury members "Nomination and Development Prize":
Elke Kaschl Mohni
Mohannad Al Bakri
Jury members "Best Pitch Award“:
Prizes of Independent Juries*
– suspended for the Berlinale 2021 –
Since 1992, the international film organisations of the Protestant and Catholic Churches - INTERFILM and SIGNIS - have been represented by the Ecumenical Jury. It consists of six members and awards its main prize to a film entered in the Competition. It also awards two other prizes, both worth 2,500 Euros, one to a film from the Panorama and one to a film in the Forum.
The prizes go to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values.
The jury of the “Guild Film Prize” is composed of three members who run cinemas and are members of the AG Kino - Gilde e.V. (association of German Art House Cinemas). The jury awards its prize to a film screened in the Competition.
The "Confédération Internationale des Cinémas d’Art et d’Essai" (C.I.C.A.E.), the International Confederation of Art House Cinemas, forms one jury for the Panorama and one for the Forum. Each jury awards one prize in its section.
Launched for the first time in 2003 within the Cannes Film Festival, the "Europa Cinemas Label" has been created in order to help European films increase their distribution and raise their profile with audiences and media. The Label is since then awarded by a jury of member exhibitors to a European film selected in the Directors' Fortnight section in Cannes and since 2004 in the Venice Days. Since 2005, Europa Cinemas has been cooperating with the Berlinale to award the Label in the Panorama section.
The independent Peace Film Prize is awarded annually to films that distinguish themselves through a powerful message of peace and the skilful aesthetic execution of their themes. The jury for the award is composed of seven members, who view films from all sections. The Peace Film Prize is endowed with 5,000 Euros in prize money and is presented in the form of a bronze sculpture designed by Otmar Alt.
The award is made possible with the support of the Zehlendorf Peace Intiative, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and the Weltfriedensdienst e.V.
The German branch of Amnesty International has presented the Amnesty International Film Award for the first time at the Berlinale 2005. The prize is worth 5,000 Euros. The jury will view films entered into the Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections. The aim of the prize is to draw the attention of audiences and representatives of the film industry to the theme of human rights and encourage filmmakers to tackle this topic.
A three-person jury awards the Heiner Carow Prize for the promotion of German cinematic arts to a documentary, feature or essay film in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section. The award is sponsored by the DEFA Foundation and is worth 5,000 Euros. The prize honours films that address the social and political issues of today and in history with extraordinary aesthetic means.
AG Kino – Gilde e.V. (association of German Art House Cinemas) together with Berlinale Generation are appointing a new independent jury aimed at strengthening innovative cinema for young people beyond the festival.
The three members of the jury, composed by cinema operators and members of the AG Kino award the AG Kino Gilde 14plus prize to an outstanding feature film from the Generation 14plus competition. This award consists of the financing of German subtitling, or the production of a version for the deaf or hard of hearing, or an audio description version for cinematic release in Germany.
– suspended for the Berlinale 2021 –
The jury is made up of twelve readers of the daily newspaper "Berliner Morgenpost". The prize is awarded to a feature film in the Competition section.
Since the Berlinale 2007, the Berlin-based national daily newspaper "Tagesspiegel" has awarded a Readers' Prize. The jury consists of nine members and the prize is given to the best film in the Forum.
The TEDDY readers’ jury from QUEER.DE is presenting the TEDDY READERS’ AWARD powered by QUEER.DE at the 33rd TEDDY AWARDS prize-giving ceremony at Volksbühne Berlin. Films with a queer subject matter from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival are competing for the award.
* = A jury is considered independent when its members are not selected by the Berlinale. A number of independent juries award prizes at the Berlinale. The high level of quality and diversity of the films are an invitation for critical examination and discerning judgment that opens up new directions. Accordingly the independent juries award their prizes along different criteria, in accordance to the special intention linked to each award.