2020/2021 Key Dates
Film Critics Awards update: Today, March 14. Nominations from AustinFCA.

Thursday, March 11, 2021

71st Berlin International Film Festival Award Winners - In Progress

As was very clear stated the festival this year will have two dates, first for industry during March and second for audiences in summer time. What was unexpected was that industry event included film press watching films and publishing reviews; but, most of all, awards were given to films! At least, some awards and that's when my confusion started to become chaotic.

With time some clarity came and now believe I understand better what's going on. For starters this post will be In Progress until after the summer event when awards not listed below will be given, like for example Panorama section awards, Teddy Awards, etc.

So, the awards given in the March event are the Prizes of the International Jury, Prizes of the Encounters Jury, Prizes of the International Short Film Jury, Prizes of the Jury Generation, some prizes of the Independent Juries and many Development Awards.  Sections like Generation have a reduced selection -no shorts this year- and listed are only the jury awards, children awards could be given during summer edition.

As programed by festival, the Awards Ceremony will take place at the Summer Special (June 9 to 20, 2021). Additional prizes will also be awarded as part of the Berlinale Summer Special.


Golden Bear for Best FilmBabardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc (Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn), Radu Jude, Romania, Luxembourg, Czech Republic, and Croatia

Silver Bear Jury Grand Prize:  偶然と想像 Guzen to sozo (Wheel of Fortune and Fantasy), Ryusuke Hamaguchi, Japan

Silver Bear Jury PrizeHerr Bachmann und seine Klasse (Mr. Bachman and His Class), Maria Speth, Germany (documentry)

Silver Bear for Best Director:  Dénes Nagy for Természetes fény (Natural Light), Hungary, Latvia, France and Germany

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance:  Maren Eggert in Ich bin dein Mensch (I'm Your Man), Maria Schrader, Germany
Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance:  Lilla Kizlinger in Rengeteg – mindenhol látlak (Forest - I See You Everywhere), Bence Fliegauf, Hungary

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay:  Hong Sangsoo for 인트로덕션 Inteurodeoksyeon (Introduction), Hong Sangsoo, Korea

Silver Bear for Outstanding Contribution in the categories Cinematography, Editing, Score, Costume Design or Production Design:  Yibran Asuad for Una Película de Policías (A Cop Movie), Alonso Ruizpalacios, Mexico (documentary)

Best FilmNous (We), Alice Diop, France (documentary)
Special Jury Award:  Vị (Taste), Lê Bảo, Vietnam, Singapore, France, Thailand, Germany and Taiwan
Special Mention: Rock Bottom Riser, Fern Silva, USA

Best Director (ex-aequo):
Denis Côté for Hygiène sociale (Social Hygiene), Canada
Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher for Das Mädchen und die Spinne (The Girl and the Spider), Switzerland

Short Films
Golden Bear: Nanu Tudor (My Uncle Tudor), Olga Lucovnicova, Belgium, Portugal, and Hungary,20'
Silver Bear: Xia Wu Guo Qu Le Yi Ban (Day Is Done), Zhang Dalei, China, 24'
Best Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards: Easter Eggs, Nicolas Keppens, Belgium, France, and Netherlands, 15'

The Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Kplus Competition: Han Nan Xia Ri (Summer Blur), Han Shuai, China
Special Mention: Una Escuela en Cerro Hueso (A School in Cerro Hueso), Betania Cappato, Argentina
The Grand Prix for the Best Film in the 14Plus Competition: La Mif (The Fam), Fred Baillif, Switzerland
Special Mention: Cryptozoo, Dash Shaw, USA

Collateral Awards - Prizes from Independent Juries

Competition: რას ვხედავთ, როდესაც ცას ვუყურებთ? Ras vkhedavt, rodesac cas vukurebt? (What Do We See When We Look at the Sky?), Alexandre Koberidze, Georgia and Germany
EncountersDas Mädchen und die Spinne (The Girl and the Spider), Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zürcher, Switzerland
Panorama: Okul Tiraşi (Brother‘s Keeper), Ferit Karahan, Turkey and Romania
Forum: Esquí (Ski), Manque La Banca, Argentina and Brazil

Development Awards

ArteKino International Award: Who Killed Narciso, Marcelo Martinessi,  Paraguay

Development Grant in Honor of Dimitri Eipides
Awarded to a Berlinale Talents Doc Station Project
Dragons, Miguel Antunes Ramos, Brazil
Special Mention: The Two Mountains Weighing Down My Chest, Viv Li, Germany and China

Euroimages Co-Production Development Award: The Oblivion Theory, Annemarie Jacir, France and Germany

International Cooperation Germany/ Arab World:
The Missing Planet, Marouan Omara and Tom Rosenberg, Germany and Egypt
Nobody Wants the Night, Remi Itani, Germany and Lebanon

Der Arbeiter (The Worker), Eliza Petkova, Germany
Wir waren Kumpel (Once We Were Pitmen),  Jonas Matauschek and Christian Johannes Koch, Germany and Switzerland (documentary)

VFF Talent Highlight Award: Tropical Gothic, Isabel Sandoval, USA

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