Prizes of the Independent Juries

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.

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Jury president: Roland Wicher
Kodjo Ognandou AYETAN
Alexander Bothe
Rinke Dellebeke-van Hell
Melanie Pollmeier
James Thessin

The juries of the “Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique” (FIPRESCI), the international film critics association, view films from the Competition programme and the Encouters, Panorama and Forum sections. They award a prize for the best film in each of these sections.

Members of the Jury 2020

Michel Ciment
Ninos Feneck Mikelides
Ulrich Sonnenschein

Ingrid Beerbaum
Christopher Small
Ana Sturm

Wilfred Okiche
Eva Peydró
Teresa Vena

Anzhelika Artyukh
Schayan Riaz
Narjes Torchani

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Christopher Bausch
Miriam Pfeiffer
Petra Rockenfeller

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.

Members of the Jury 2020

Kevin Beck
Casper Houtman
Tamara Viscovic

Ariane Hofmann
Aliki Kalagasidu
André Soto

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Silvia Bahl
Johan Paulo Candido Fogde Dias
Hans Heesen
Ewa Kujawińska

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 the award is presented in the following categories: BEST FEATURE, BEST DOCUMENTARY / ESSAY FILM, 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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Chris Belloni
Sylva Häutle
Nataleah Hunter-Young
Ksenia Ilina
Christian Rodríguez
Heitor Augusto de Sousa

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 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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Lena Martin
Dagmar Kamlah
Thomas Klein

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Miraz Bezar
Gerd Brendel
Tamara Erbe
Helgard Gammert
Andreas Höfer
Jean Peters
Esther Slevogt

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Markus N. Beeko
Anke Engelke
Sebastian Schipper
Maryam Zaree

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Annekatrin Hendel
Anne Möller
Jan Speckenbach

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Melanie Andernach
Bernd Lange
Mia Spengler

See also Compass-Perspektive-Award & Kompagnon-Fellowship

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Marcel Danner
Nina Heise
Anna Friederike Wittkowski

Readers' Juries and Audience Awards

All Berlinale visitors can use the voting cards to choose the winners 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 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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Christoph Beissner
Suzanne Combüchen-Koloss
Claudio Freimark
Nikos Fragkou
Stephanie Gleixner
Annette Lehmann
Henk Mekkes
Rainer Müller
Ulrike Müller
Daniela Richter
Ronja Selle
Juliane Springsguth

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Peter Apel
Heike Bottke
Chris Feustel
Luisa Horn
Ingrid Lühr
Anuya Rane
Matthias Richter
Thomas Schippmann
Dagmar Seydell

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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Amanda Halbrock
Robert Moussa
Joyce Newrzella
Fabian Schäfer
Detlef Stoffel

Development Awards

Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino jointly award in 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.

Members of the Jury 2020
Melanie Andernach
Bernd Lange
Mia Spengler

See also Compass-Perspektive-Award & Kompagnon-Fellowship

Since 2011, ARTE has presented the ARTEKino International Prize, which is worth 6,000 Euros and goes to one of the projects selected for the Berlinale Co-Production Market.

Award winner 2020:
The Melting (directed by Veerle Baetens)
Savage Film

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 2020
There Are Two Kinds of People in This World (directed by Onur Saylak)
Liman Film / b.i.t arts

Members of the Jury 2020
Giorgos Karnavas
Elena Kotová
Marie-Pierre Vallé

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 2020:
The Last Paradise on Earth (directed by Sakaris Stórá)
Producer: Jón Hammer

Members of the Jury 2020
Roshanak Behesht Nedjad
Prof. Georg Feil
Gabor Greiner
Katriel Schory