Compass-Perspektive-Award & Kompagnon-Fellowship

The Compass-Perspektive-Award is awarded to 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.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents jointly award 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 Film 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.

Winner Kompass-Perspektive-Award 2020

Walchensee Forever by Janna Ji Wonders

Statement of the Jury:

This film is a crystal. The longer you look at it, the more you discover new facets. It portrays women of a family in Bavaria over five generations. Supplemented by extraordinary material obtained from the family's private archive, the protagonists report honestly, cleverly and directly to the camera. Accordingly, an overall picture of private life in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries emerges from these individual stories. Everything that is told remains personal and individual and, not least because of the modest attitude of the filmmaker and her protagonists, it develops an overwhelming strength. Cleverly assembled, clearly filmed and narrated and produced with warm-heartedness, we listen to and watch Apa, Norma, Anna, Frauke and Janna. The silent chronicler of it all is the Walchensee, which connects all their lives.

Winners Kompagnon-Fellowship 2019

111 von Hristiana Rykova (Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2019)

Statement of the Jury:
What are we ready to give up for our freedoms? The Bulgarian journalist Miroluba Benatova could no longer accept the new conditions of her news channel. Voluntarily, she went into the precarious situation of working as a taxi driver so that she could continue telling the stories of the people in her country. The director Hristiana Raykova accompanies Miroluba Benatova on her journeys. Passengers become the reflection of a society, in a country that ranks 111th in the world and last in the EU in terms of freedom of the press. In order to give form to the courage and determination of this clever rebellion, we would like to award the Kompagnon-Fellowship to Hristiana Raykova's film 111.

Arctic Link von Ian Purnell (Berlinale Talents 2020)

Statement of the Jury:
Arctic Link by Ian Purnell is a hybrid documentary and a visual essay. There is a ship in the Arctic. It will lay the longest fiber optic cable under the eternal ice to provide the world with faster internet connections. This is only possible due to climate change. The hybrid documentary Arctic Link by Ian Purnell combines the stories of the people on the ship with the reality of life in the Arctic village and in virtual love stories. Moreover, it relates human desires to the irreversible effects of our actions on the planet. We are looking forward to an impressive visual journey into the heart of the darkness of our present age.

The Jury 2020

Melanie Andernach

After studying law at the universities of Bonn, Munich, and Paris, followed by a doctorate in film law, Melanie Andernach studied creative producing at the ifs - internationale filmschule köln . She then worked as a freelance writer, director, and producer. In 2007, she founded the film production company MADE IN GERMANY with Knut Losen, with which she has since developed and (co-)produced numerous feature and documentary films. Among the recent ones is Talking About Trees, which won the Panorama Audience Award and the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award at the Berlinale in 2019. Her directorial debut Global Family (co-directed by Andreas Köhler) has received several awards.

© Andreas Köhler

Bernd Lange

Award-winning author Bernd Lange is one of the most renowned screenwriters in Germany. Since his debut Requiem won the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, he has written numerous feature films and series. He was represented three times in the Berlinale Competition and worked with directors such as Hans-Christian Schmid (Was Bleibt, Das Verschwinden), Oliver Hirschbiegel (Criminal: Germany) and Dominik Graf (“Tatort”). Bernd Lange lives in Berlin.

© Gerald von Foris

Mia Spengler

Born in Munich, Germany in 1986. After completing school in Hamburg she spent two years in Beijing where she founded the band MIYA. After several jobs in film production in Shanghai, she returned to Germany in 2008 and became Hans Weingartner’s personal assistant in Berlin. In 2009 she began her studies in direction at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg where she directed a number of award-winning short films. With her film Nicht den Boden berühren she won the Torino Award at the San Sebastián International Film Festival. In 2016 she completed her studies with her feature film debut Back for Good, which opened the Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2017 and received the Günter Rohrbach Film Prize and the FIPRESCI Award. Her episode of the German weekly crime series "Tatort" Die goldene Zeit celebrated its premiere at the Hamburg Film Festival. Currently, she is working on the second season of the Netflix production How to Sell Drugs Online (Fast).

© Oskar Sulowski