International Short Film Jury

The members of the International Short Film Jury Basim Magdy, Christine A. Maier, and Sebastian Urzendowsky announced the following winners during the Industry Event in March:
Videos of the award announcements and the reactions of the winners

The trophies were presented at the Award Ceremony during the Summer Special on June 13 at Museum Island.

Golden Bear for Best Short Film

Olga Lucovnicova

Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor)
by Olga Lucovnicova

Jury statement: “In Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor), Olga Lucovnicova leads us through the complexity of unraveling a childhood trauma. While intimate details gradually introduce us to a seemingly idyllic world of innocent nostalgia, her conversation with her Uncle Tudor builds up to expose her childhood horror and his unrepentant denial. Lucovnicova’s subtle cinematic gaze circles around her family members with precision. Her personal courage combined with cinematic mastery create a film that is both powerful and emotionally layered.”

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)

Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day Is Done)
von Zhang Dalei

Jury statement: “A family visit turns into a slow-paced loving farewell between a grandfather and his grandson. The intricately woven family dynamics and superb acting immerse us in a genuine moment in their lives. The superbly crafted mise-en-scène feels natural and unobtrusive. In Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day Is Done), Zhang Dalei’s rich cinematic language builds a sensitive family portrait that transcends the duration of the short form.”

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards

Easter Eggs
by Nicolas Keppens

The 2021 Jury

Basim Magdy (Egypt) – Artist

Through subtle humor, psychedelic plays of colour and fancifully elaborate titles, Basim Magdy creates surreal worlds and narratives. His work includes film, photography, painting, works on paper, and installations. Magdy has shown his films at Tate Modern, Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival and IFFR Rotterdam, to name a few. He has had solo and group shows all over the world, and his works are in the collections of MoMa, Guggenheim, Centre Pompidou, the Sharjah Art Foundation and Koç Foundation Collection (ARTER), amongst others. He was selected Artist of the Year by Deutsche Bank and won the New:Vision Award of the CPH:DOX, the Curtas Vila do Conde Experimental Film Award and the Abraaj Art Prize Dubai.

© Danielle Küchler Flores

Christine A. Maier (Austria) - Cinematographer

Christine A. Maier’s cinematography has been featured at the Berlinale in films by Henner Winckler, Amie Siegel, Jamie Babbit and Jasmila Žbanić, whose film Grbavica won the Golden Bear in 2006. Quo vadis, Aida?, her most recent cooperation with Žbanić, which has already received multiple awards, celebrated its premiere in 2020 in the competition at the Venice International Film Festival. Venice is also where Maier’s career began 23 years ago, with her first feature-length fiction film Northern Skirts, directed by Barbara Albert. Just two years later, she was awarded the Österreichischer Förderpreis für Filmkunst. In 2018, she received the Austrian Film Award for Best Camera for Mademoiselle Paradis by Barbara Albert. In 2020, she was honoured with the FC Gloria Award and the Berlin Academy of the Arts Award for Film and Media Art.

© Clarissa Thieme

Sebastian Urzendowsky (Germany) – Actor

Sebastian Urzendowsky was discovered as a child actor and played in numerous films prior to studying acting. In 2006, he received international attention as the protagonist in Pingpong by Matthias Luthardt, which celebrated its premiere at Semaine de la Critique in Cannes. He also worked with Peter Weir, Mia Hansen-Løve and performed in many films that were presented in the Berlinale Competition, such as Der Felsen (A Map of the Heart) by Dominik Graf (2002), Lichter (Distant Lights) by Hans-Christian Schmid (2003), Die Fälscher (The Counterfeiters) by Stefan Ruzowitzky (2007) as well as Jessica Forever by Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel which screened in Panorama in 2019. In 2010, he was named Best Young Actor at the Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis. In 2017, he received his second Grimme Award for his portrayal in Mitten in Deutschland: NSU - Die Täter by Christian Schwochow.

© Puria Safary