Berlinale recognises MEDIA-funded films with ten awards

At this year’s Berlin International Film Festival, 24 films supported through Creative Europe’s MEDIA sub-programme were screened and ten took home awards, including one Golden Bear and four Silver Bears.

Hungarian film On Body and Soul by Ildikó Enyedi won the Golden Bear for Best Film, as well as the Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury and Berliner MorgenPost Readers' Jury Award. Four other MEDIA-funded films received Silver Bears:

  • Félicité (France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon) by Alain Gomis - Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize
  • Game Count/Spoor (Poland/Germany/Czech Republic/Sweden/Slovakia) by Agnieszka Holland - Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize
  • The Other Side of Hope (Finalnd/Germany) by Aki Kaurismäki - Silver Bear for Best Director
  • Ana, mon amour (Romaina/Germany/France) by Călin Peter Netzer - Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

In addition, Summer 1993 (Spain) by Carla Simón won the GWFF Best First Feature Award and The Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus Internetional Jury, and Little Harbour (Slovakia/Czech Republic/Hungary) by Iveta Grófová won the Crystal Bear for the Best Film.

Independent juries also awarded the following films:

  • Centaur (Kyrgyzstan/France/Germany/Netherlands) by Aktan Arym Kubat, for the Cicae Art Cinema Award
  • I Am Not Your Negro (France/USA/Belgium/Switzerland) by Raoul Peck for the Special Mention at the Ecumenical Prize and PANORAMA Audience Award for a Documentary Film
  • Pendular (Brazil/Argentina/France) by Julia Murat for the Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury

Image: Félicité received support for distribution from Torino Film Lab (TFL), which is funded through Creative Europe’s International Co-production Funds scheme.

Tess Ritchie