Awards for 2016

Silver Berlin Bear

Best Actor

WINNER

Best Actress

WINNER

Best Director

WINNER

Jury Prize for Short Film

WINNER

Grand Jury Prize

WINNER

Outstanding Artistic Contribution

WINNER

Crosscurrent: Ping Bin Lee
For the cinematography in Chang jiang tu.

Best Script

WINNER

Honorary Golden Berlin Bear

WINNER

Berlinale Camera

WINNERS



Crystal Bear

Generation Kplus - Best Short Film

WINNER

El inicio de Fabrizio: Mariano Biasin
We thought this very humorous short film was interesting and funny. The actors were good and made us laugh. The message of the film reinforced our feeling that there's no reason to rush when it comes to the first time.

IN-COMPETITION

















Generation 14plus - Best Short Film

WINNER

Balcony: Toby Fell-Holden
In an ostensibly classic tale of a friendship between two girls who come from different cultures, this film succeeds in astounding the viewer through its sophisticated dramaturgy. The story holds a mirror up to a society still plagued by persistent clichés, a mirror that in the end also forces the audience to face their own prejudices. Provocative and full of strong imagery, this production also manages at the same time to make our current challenges clear.

IN-COMPETITION
















Generation Kplus - Best Feature Film

WINNER

Ottaal: Jayaraaj
This exceptional movie touched us all with its irresistible images of nature, laid-back music and amazingly gifted actors. The unique way of filming certain details blew us away. We think it's important that such a sad and serious topic be tackled in a movie, though the film also managed to capture the humour and joy of life.

IN-COMPETITION












Generation 14plus - Best Feature Film

WINNER

Mellow Mud: Renars Vimba
We were particularly impressed by a film that managed to create powerful and expressive images in spite of its spare dialogue and understated performances. Thanks to a convincing portrayal of the female protagonist, we were able to accompany her on a journey that movingly depicted the search for personal self-determination, strength and responsibility. In an inspirational fashion, this film production captures the decisive process of personal growth experienced by young people on their way to becoming adults.

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Crystal Bear - Special Mention

Generation Kplus - Short Film

WINNER

Ninnoc: Niki Padidar
This short film sets itself apart from the others by describing a rather sad subject in a humorous way from the perspective of a child. The film uses beautiful examples to illustrate how each individual is different but nevertheless has a role to play within the community.

Generation 14plus - Short Film

WINNER

Kroppen är en ensam plats: Ida Lindgren
Through the combination of aesthetically pleasing and at the same time off-putting images with an intimate text collage representing multiple perspectives, the elements of this film join in a fascinating manner to form an experimental whole that gives expression to the emotions present for individuals struggling with eating disorders. This exploration of a subject of such great importance impressed us immensely with its poetic approach.

Generation Kplus - Feature Film

WINNER

Jamais contente: Emilie Deleuze
Using a lot of humour, this film tells an extraordinary story which we were able to relate too well. The film is brought to life by the phenomenal acting talent on display. The soundtrack is so compelling that we would have loved nothing more than to jump up and start dancing.

Generation 14plus - Feature Film

WINNER

Las Plantas: Roberto Doveris
Mindful observation and pause for reflection.With unflinching directness tempered by tenderness, this film depicts a young woman in all her vulnerability, in her feeling out her own way towards sexual expression and in her loneliness. This many-layered production, in which everyday moments of both surrealism and authenticity partake in a fascinating interaction, not only managed to impress us from an artistic point of view - indeed, above all it touched us on a personal level and turned our attention inwards.

Teddy

Best Short Film

WINNER

IN-COMPETITION

Best Documentary/Essay Film

WINNER

Männer Magazine Readers' Jury Award

WINNER

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Special Teddy

WINNER

Christine Vachon
With her company, Killer Films, Christine Vachon has been producing movies for over 20 years. Without these works both queer and US-independent cinema would be hard to imagine - a dozen of these films have been shown in Berlinale programmes. In the early 1980s, as a student at Brown University, she met Todd Haynes, whose debut film, Poison (Teddy Award 1991), became the first feature film she produced. Ever since they have been an effective team. Vachon also produced the Academy Award-winning films Boys Don't Cry (Best Actress, Hilary Swank 2000) and Still Alice (Best Actress, Julianne Moore 2015); and last year, once more for Todd Haynes, Carol with Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. Christine Vachon will be honoured with the Special Teddy at this year's award ceremony.

Teddy Jury Award

WINNER

Teddy Audience Award

WINNER

FIPRESCI Prize

Competition

WINNER

Panorama

WINNER

Forum

WINNER

Prize of the Ecumenical Jury

Competition

WINNER

Fire at Sea: Gianfranco Rosi
Fuocoammare interweaves the destinies of African refugees with the life of an Italian fishing family on the island of Lampedusa. Through poetically meaningful images, Rosi illuminates these separate worlds, connecting them through the character of a doctor, and through the motif of the sea, which nourishes some and kills others. A film that crafts a new perspective of the catastrophe, a film that refuses to allow the status quo to go unquestioned.

Panorama

WINNER

The First, the Last: Bouli Lanners
Two outcast lovers on the run. Two hitmen on their trail. Many gunshots. And it all oddly leads to a powerful plea for humanity. With gorgeously photographed lonely landscapes and endearingly hopeful characters, this playfully apocalyptic western paints a desolate road toward salvation, but the journey is worth the wait and the work because, as one character beautifully states, "There is more to life than breathing." Bouli Lanners' Les premiers, les derniers urges us to breathe and travel together.

Forum

WINNERS

Those Who Jump: Abou Bakar Sidibé, Estephan Wagner, Moritz Siebert
Les Sauteurs depicts the plight of African refugees from a bold new perspective. Entrusting the camera to their co-director Abou Bakar Sidibé, a young Malien hoping to enter Europe across the notorious fences of Melilla, directors Moritz Siebert and Estephan Wagner create an intimate portrait of a community in harsh conditions. The film encourages us to look beyond countless dots on a computer monitor to see individuals who suffer, hope and endure. Tied with Barakah yoqabil Barakah.

Barakah yoqabil Barakah: Mahmoud Sabbagh
Baraqah Meets Baraqah is a classic 'boys meets girl' story transposed to a refreshing and challenging context. It proposes a reflection on freedom and the role of the women in Saudi society, on the expression of self in spite of cultural impositions. The film uses humour and charm to render its political message about youth seeking freedom accessible. Tied with Les sauteurs.

C.I.C.A.E. Award

Panorama

WINNER

Grüße aus Fukushima: Doris Dörrie
Fukushima, mon amour is an absolute work of art, it is poetic and reminds us impressively that life is as unique as a dream. Light-hearted, delicate, elegant, with highly skilled black and white photography, telling the story of two women from divers cultural backgrounds and how this helps them unite and chase away the ghosts that haunt them from the past. It teaches us how to cope with mistakes you make in life, by accepting them in order to look optimistically into the future.

Forum

WINNER

Alfred Bauer Award

WINNER

A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery: Lav Diaz
For a feature film that opens new perspectives.

Label Europa Cinemas

WINNER

Caligari Film Award

WINNER

Peace Film Award

WINNER

Amnesty International Film Prize

WINNERS


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

Heiner Carow Prize

WINNER

Made in Germany - Perspektive Fellowship Award

WINNER

Janna Ji Wonders
Project: "Walchensee Forever"

VFF Talent Highlight Pitch Award

WINNER

Max Serdiuk
Project: "Tank"

Special Mention of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Short Film

WINNER

Kroppen är en ensam plats: Ida Lindgren
We were all struck by a unique piece of cinema that described a complex condition in a completely original form. Using a beautiful palette of colours, and brilliant writing in the form of voice over, with a bold and innovative point of view, this short manages to describe in a visceral and emotionally disturbing way a young woman's struggle with an eating disorder.

Feature Film

WINNER

Zhaleika: Eliza Petkova
We were moved by this smart allegory about shifting cultural changes and the collision of new and old values in small town Europe. With a great eye for detail, the naturalism of this film combined with a compelling story of a young woman searching for her own place in the world, and her achievement of that freedom, is brilliantly executed both in performance and direction.

Special Mention of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Short Film

WINNER

Aurelia y Pedro: Omar Robles, José Permar
Two things stand out in this film: the special bond between a mother and son and the beauty of the remote environment in which they live. We see their day-to-day: the herding of goats and the preparing of food in their mountainside hut. But the directors' real achievement is to show us the communion between mother and son, and to move us with the love between them.

Feature Film

WINNER

Genç pehlivanlar: Mete Gümürhan
This film throws you directly into a boy's world. The camera takes us on a journey where we see them grapple with the joy and agony of growing up. Without being preachy or condescending, the director shows us a beautiful yet realistic side of a wrestling academy complete with bloody noses, pain, tears and the joy of a perfect slam on the mat. As we start to identify with each of the characters and experience their highs and lows we start rooting for all of them to succeed.

Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Las Plantas: Roberto Doveris
We were strongly pulled towards a movie that sank into our subconscious. The director managed in a profound and extremely cinematic way to convey the sexual awakening of a young woman against a background of family under duress. The central performance is at once strikingly brave and also wonderfully vulnerable. The whole film announces a filmmaker not afraid of extending the boundaries of cinematic language and storytelling. This film is an unforgettable sui generis.

Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Best Feature Film

WINNER

Rara: Pepa San Martín
From its opening shot we get an accurate and thoroughly enjoyable glimpse into an adolescent's life as she grapples with the everyday problems of growing up. Each scene in this powerful film is carefully constructed with complete economy of movement and script. The characters and relationships are etched flawlessly depicting a modern reality that both reflects the time we live in as well as makes us question the very concept of a perfect family. The acting, the script and above all the direction keep us totally engrossed in this beautiful tale of loyalty, despair, hope and ultimately love in its many forms.

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury

Best Short Film

WINNER

A Night in Tokoriki: Roxana Stroe
For its idiosyncratic tone of voice and superb craft and storytelling, this film manages to playfully depict a heartfelt but urgent message. With humorous mise-en-scene, no dialogue and an ironic use of music the film tells a brilliantly engaging story about unacceptable love in rural Europe and its repercussions.

Special Prize of the Generation Kplus International Jury

Best Short Film

WINNER

Semele: Myrsini Aristidou
The director's spare, unadorned style is in perfect step with the story, allowing the emotional undercurrents to slowly work their way to the surface. Quiet looks, small smiles, build to a common bond between father and daughter. This is simply about a girl who wants to see her dad.

ARTE International Prize

WINNER

Álvaro Brechner
Project: "Memories from the Cell"

Audi Short Film Award

WINNER

Eurimages Co-Production Development Award

WINNER

(Cinémadefacto, Proton Cinema)
Project: "Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman"

Forum

IN-COMPETITION

Prix Berlin (EFA European Short Film)

WINNER

Label Europa Cinemas - Special Mention

WINNERS


Eurimages Co-Production Development Award - Special Mention

WINNERS

(Tornasol Films)
Project: "Memories from the Cell"

(Amrion)
Project: "The Little Comrade"

Film Prize of the Robert Bosch Stiftung for International Cooperation

Documentary Film

WINNER

Eliane Raheb
Miguel's War

Feature Film

WINNER

Feyrouz Serhal
Thsweesh

Animation Film

WINNER

Waref Abu Quba, Kevork Mourad
Four Acts for Syria, Syria, 10

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