Awards for 2015

Golden Berlin Bear

WINNER

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Best Short Film

WINNER

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Silver Berlin Bear

Best Actor

WINNER

Best Actress

WINNER

Best Director

WINNERS


Jury Prize - Short Film

WINNER

Grand Jury Prize

WINNER

Outstanding Artistic Contribution

WINNERS


Best Script

WINNER

Honorary Golden Berlin Bear

WINNER

Crystal Bear

Generation Kplus - Best Film

WINNER

My Skinny Sister: Sanna Lenken
"The film's unique perspective, stunning performances and challenging theme really touched our hearts."

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Generation 14plus - Best Film

WINNER

Flocken: Beata Gårdeler
"The film which struck us the most was one which succeeds in continuously maintaining its oppressive atmosphere. This film gives us a precise and intense experience of the mechanisms of progressive social exclusion, triggered by an accusation. It excels in its portrayal of the role of social networks, where anonymity can lead to the unchecked build-up of aggression. A great cast, gripping dialog and unexpected developments combine to create an extraordinary work."

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Generation 14plus - Best Short Film

WINNER

A Confession: Petros Silvestros
"With clear, monumental images the winning short film stresses the relationship between authoritarian sway and helplessness, erupting into violence. Within a limited amount of shots the film develops an extraordinary tension and intensity. Years of silence and suppression ultimately culminate in a nightmare scenario, which left us stunned and shocked at the same time."

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Generation Kplus - Best Short Film

WINNER

Gift of My Father: Salam Salman
"We liked the short film because it is sad and touching at the same time. Based on a true event, the film is shocking and striking, with the last scene in particular being really convincing."

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Crystal Bear - Special Mention

Generation Kplus - Best Film

WINNER

Dhanak: Nagesh Kukunoor
"This year, we chose a colorful, touching and humorous film. The story and the performances of the young protagonists impressed us deeply."

Generation 14plus - Best Film

WINNER

Prince: Sam de Jong
"We would like to take this opportunity to highlight a film with a perky, dynamic and colourful appearance. Aesthetically composed images lead us into the world of a protagonist who is torn between his desire for appreciation and his determination to do the right thing. The self-ironic treatment of stereotypes, the creative cinematography and the stirring soundtrack all grant this movie its cult appeal."

Generation Kplus - Best Short Film

WINNER

The Tie: An Vrombaut
"The story is thrilling and sweetly told, a film made for all generations. We were enchanted by the exciting animation."

Generation 14plus - Best Short Film

WINNER

Nelly: Chris Raiber
"Loss, transition, the hereafter: With its compelling imagery this short film draws, in a poetic and surreal way, the state between life and death. Although we were directly captured by the puzzling composition of images, in the end it was the smart turn, which makes the film so extraordinary and left us captivated long after the screening."

Teddy

Best Short Film

WINNER

San Cristóbal: Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo
"For best short, the Teddy jury awards San Cristobal, directed by Omar Zúñiga Hidalgo which we consider pitch perfect in its direction and acting, and a moving portrait of two men in a fishing village in northern Chile whose lives are endangered once their affair is discovered. The film tests the limits of queer happiness in such an environment. Deftly, the film builds on the layers of meaning, and hope, around St. Crisotbal's promise of safe passage."

Best Short

IN-COMPETITION

Best Documentary/Essay Film

WINNER

El hombre nuevo: Aldo Garay
"This award is recognising 20 years of struggle for the Trans community in Uruguay through the story of a Trans woman without victimisation who refuses to be marginalised despite her circumstances. This film shows the tension between religion and gender and sexual identity in Latin America in a way that is both intimate and powerful. And it portrays the story of this remarkable activist, teacher, revolutionary, sister and daughter who is so much of her time and ahead of it too."

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Nasty Baby: Sebastián Silva
"The Teddy jury awards its 2015 feature film prize to Nasty Baby, by Sebastian Silva. The jury wishes to highlight the film's bold intention to present an urgent question of morality. Director Sebastian Silva confronts middle-class gay artist life in Brooklyn as it clashes with realities of class, race and gentrification. What starts as a film about a gay couple and their best friend trying to conceive a baby turns into a gruesome situation that symbolizes major divides that cut across the LGBT spectrum and across society. It's a provocative film that sensitively portrays the queer American dream, and subtly implores all of us to dream beyond."

Special Teddy

WINNER

Teddy Jury Award

WINNER

Stories of Our Lives: Jim Chuchu
"This film portrays great strength and tenacity in the face of adversity, and displays a vital amount of hope for the LGBTQI community. It sheds light on homophobia and aims to dismantle the stigma and discrimination that still occurs today, especially in countries where homosexuality is criminalised and individuals in our community are threatened with violence for their love. This is brave and beautiful filmmaking, based on true stories that cannot fail to touch each one of us."

FIPRESCI Prize

Competition

WINNER

Taxi: Jafar Panahi
"Our award goes to a film showing great personal and artistic bravery. It is a multilayered tale about everyday life, an original narrative exploration of both human choices and constrained existence. A humane and subtle portrait of a filmmaker and his country, a man and his surroundings and fellow citizens. Above all, this witty, sharp and devious take on freedom of speech encapsulates the struggle of all artists who seek to overcome the restrictions of reality and express their emotions and opinions regardless of censorship or state bans. The prize for the best film in Competition goes to Taxi directed by Jafar Panahi."

Forum

WINNER

Hand Gestures: Francesco Clerici
"We see, hear, follow and feel a symphony: editing and sound form a unique flow, imitating a unique work-process. Black and white images from long ago blend in and out with terracotta, among fifty shades of red and brown, all to end up immortalised as bronze. Taking us into the heart and soul of an historic foundry in Milan... The Prize for the best film in Forum goes to Il gesto delle mani (Hand Gestures) by Francesco Clerici."

Panorama

WINNER

A Minor Leap Down: Hamed Rajabi
"Our award goes to a film that speaks in a very subtle and nuanced way about depression, rebellion and psychological diseases. Though set in a specific country, the film is able to present how social and family relationships work in general terms. Of special note is the complex cinematic language and especially how long takes are used in a very fine way to shape the subject. The Prize for the best film in Panorama goes to Paridan az Ertefa Kam (A Minor Leap Down) by Hamed Rajabi."

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Competition

WINNER

The Pearl Button: Patricio Guzmán
"Patricio Guzmán's documentary shows a moving history of the people of Patagonia and Chile reminding us that human suffering and injustice go beyond political and social systems. Using water not only as a symbolic tool but also as a natural element it puts the concrete story of the region's victims, including pre-colonial indigenous persons and those who opposed Pinochet's regime, into the vast perspective of humankind."

Panorama

WINNER

Ned Rifle: Hal Hartley
"The final installment of Hartley's trilogy, Ned Rifle stands on its own as an engaging study of human nature and religious motives. Lead character Ned Rifle leaves his adoptive religious household when he turns 18 to kill his father in pursuit of his mother's revenge (the subjects of the two previous films in the trilogy, Henry Fool and Fay Grim). On his journey Ned interacts with the family stalker, his uncle, his mother and his father as he seeks redemption. Beautiful cinematography and an engaging script combine drama, comedy and a keen philosophical exploration of the nature of good and evil."

Forum

WINNER

Story of Judas: Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
"The timeless historical drama about the life of Jesus is told from the perspective of Judas, one of his disciples, who traditionally has been seen as the betrayer of Jesus. In this film he is portrayed like Jesus, a victim of the power and oppression of the Roman rulers. This passion play asks viewers to look beyond prejudices and attempt to understand the life and message of Jesus. With an awareness of current world political events Histoire de Judas makes a strong case for our need to listen to the stories of the marginalized."

C.I.C.A.E. Award

Panorama

WINNER

The Second Mother: Anna Muylaert
"The jury is happy to announce its unanimous decision to award CICAE Panorama Prize of the Berlin Film Festival to Brazilian filmmaker Anna Muylaert for her film Que Horas Ela Volta? With loving view, the director accompanies her main characters' life with gentle tones and subtle humour covering heavy conflicts and social issues of modern Brazil. It's a story about two women, of two different generations shown by an outstanding performance of two actresses: Regina Casé and Camila Márdila. Muylaert easily overcomes the distance between audience and screen simply throughout their huge empathy for the struggle between work and worries about their family."

Forum

WINNER

Zurich: Sacha Polak
"This film is the portrait of a woman in grief but the bold writing makes the story new. Director Sasha Polak manages to examine the commonplace and breathe a real emotional impact into the path of a young woman. Her sad story is told in an unexpected way, in reverse, and the film dares to use the language of cinema, making it more about what we see and less about what is said. We discover in this film a wonderful new actress, Wende Snijders, who is a singer and performance artist making her film debut. Her willingness to take on the raw emotional material in a natural, honest way is at the core of the success of the film."

Prix UIP Berlin (European Short Film)

WINNER

Alfred Bauer Award

WINNER

Label Europa Cinemas

WINNER

DIALOGUE en Perspective

WINNER

Ein idealer Ort: Anatol Schuster
"Ein idealer Ort (A Perfect Place), touched the jury greatly due to its genuine interest in the phenomenon of migration from the countryside to the city, its splendid poetic narrative style, and the extraordinary way it established the setting of the story, both visually and acoustically."

DIALOGUE en Perspective - Special Mention

WINNER

Peace Film Award

WINNER

Peace Film Award - Honorable Mention

WINNER

Amnesty International Film Prize

WINNER

IN-COMPETITION

Prize of the Guild of German Art House Cinemas

WINNER

Reader Jury of the "Berliner Morgenpost"

WINNER

Reader Jury of the "Tagesspiegel"

WINNER

Reader Jury of the "Siegessäule"

WINNER

Made in Germany - Perspektive Fellowship Award

WINNER

Oskar Sulowski
Project: "Rosebuds" - "When brothers Maciek and Aleks, the one a petty criminal and the other a junkie, meet Katharina, a young Catholic, they are confronted in a rather unorthodox way with themselves and their lives. What in such brevity sounds like a cliché turns out to be a profoundly comic constellation. Rosebuds touches upon all the big questions of life: birth and death as well as the search for meaning in between. With unconventional narrative powers, Oskar Sulowski draws us into the story. Laid-back but never undercooled, the author displays a genuineness and emotional precision that we hope he will be able to maintain in realizing his film."

VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award

WINNER

Gema Juarez Allen, Abner Benaim
Project: "Biencuidao"

Special Mention of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Best Short Film

WINNER

Reunion: Iddo Soskolne, Janne Reinikainen
"Using ambiguity and cheeky humor to deal with grief, the international jury applauds the visual dexterity and light touch of this film. For its originality and craft, as well as its loving portrayal of sibling reconciliation the special mention goes to: Tuolla puolen."

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Nena: Saskia Diesing
"In this film, the evocation of specific period and place comments powerfully on the controversial issue of assisted death, reminding us of who finally bears responsibility if the law does not. With its dark ironic tone and compelling performance of a self-determining central character who traverses a difficult personal terrain to not only understand but embrace a painful choice."

Special Mention of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Best Short Film

WINNER

Agnes: Anja Lind
"This delicate, sensitive film invites the audience into a very young protagonist's perspective - where we are able to understand and empathize with her hurt and vulnerability. The restrained performances are pitched at befittingly natural level and the cinematography and sound support the story beautifully whilst never becoming obvious."

Best Feature Film

WINNER

My Skinny Sister: Sanna Lenken
"The script of this feature film is well-balanced and thoughtfully structured. The direction is considered and convincing, and the performances - particularly that of its talented young leading lady ¬- are superb. Despite tackling a challenging issue head-on, the filmmakers succeed in delivering real humor and charm as well as uneasy tension and visceral emotion."

Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Best Feature Film

WINNER

The Diary of a Teenage Girl: Marielle Heller
"With its vibrant cinematic language, including flawless production design, this film reveals an authentic and unique woman discovering her own artistic voice and power, remarkably portrayed by a stunning newcomer. For the superlative characters brought to life by a brilliant ensemble and their director, as well as the uncompromising rejection of conventional morality in favor of human complexity the Grand Prix for the best feature goes to The Diary of a Teenage Girl by Marielle Heller."

Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Dhanak: Nagesh Kukunoor
"This dynamically-directed film delivers joy and heartbreak in equal measure - the young brother and sister at its heart and the unbreakable love between them are irresistible. As we journey across the country with these two young people, we become deeply invested in their quirky "against all odds" quest. We were constantly surprised by the twists and turns in their journey, and the unusual, eccentric characters that awaits them at each and every juncture! Filled with color, magic, music, spontaneity and a plenty of emotion, this film lives up to its name and delivers a celebration of life to savor long after the end credits roll!"

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Best Short Film

WINNER

Coach: Ben Adler
"For its tonal mastery in portraying the casual brutality of male relationships, a nuanced script and pitch perfect performances, culminating powerfully in a moment of insight for its teenage protagonist, the jury awards a film which surprised and captivated us."

Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Best Short Film

WINNER

Giovanni en het waterballet: Astrid Bussink
"This exceptionally charming, laugh-out-loud-hilarious, piece of cinema about a very special, charismatic boy with an unusual dream, not only won the hearts of Generation Kplus audiences, but ours too! We are endeared by the priceless, intimate moments that we are invited to share with the film's hero and heroine. We conclude that such honest moments could only be captured by a filmmaking team that had truly earned the trust of their subjects - and for this, we applaud the director and the team. This film is visually dynamic, funny and has a poignant, inspiring, although understated message. Simply put, we fell in love with this boy."

ARTE International Prize

WINNER

Marcela Said
Project: "Los Perros"

Dolby Atmos Policy Trailer

WINNER

EFP Shooting Star

WINNERS



Emmi Parviainen
Finland.

Hera Hilmar
Iceland.

Moe Dunford
Ireland.

Aiste Dirziute
Lithuania.

Maisie Williams
United Kingdom.


Sven Schelker
Switzerland.

Abbey Hoes
The Netherlands.

Audi Short Film Award

WINNER

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

WINNER

Berlinale Talents Doc Station Development Grant

WINNER

Marouan Omara
Project: "Dream Away"

Think:Film Award - Special Mention

WINNER

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