January 2011, berlinale forum

Best First Feature Award: Forum Nominees

Picture of Dieter Kosslick

The Best First Feature Award was set up by the Berlinale in 2006 in order to promote new filmmaking talent. Ten films from the Forum program have been nominated for this year’s prize.

As in previous years, a three-person international jury will award the prize for the best first feature in the Berlinale program. The prize money for the award is 50,000 Euros and is provided by the Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is shared between the director and the producer. Additionally, the director is awarded with a high-quality viewfinder which serves as a useful instrument and memorable trophy.

A total of 34 films are nominated for the prize this year, 10 of which are from the Forum program. The winner will be announced at the official award ceremony at the Berlinale Palast on February 19th.

Films nominated for the Best First Feature Award may not have received a prize at another international film festival or have taken part at another European film festival before the Berlinale. A film is only regarded as a debut film if the director in question has not previously completed a film over 60 minutes in length that received a cinema release or was shown at an international film festival. Co-directed films are not considered debut films for the purposes of the prize.

The jury for the Best First Feature Award is made up of producer Bettina Brokemper (Germany), author Assaf Gavron (Israel) and director Michèle Ohayon (Morocco/Israel).

The following ten films from the Forum program are nominated for the Best First Feature Award:

Amnistia (Amnesty) von Bujar Alimani, Albanien/Griechenland/Frankreich

Folge mir (Follow Me) von Johannes Hammel, Österreich

Halaw (Ways of the Sea) von Sheron Dayoc, Philippinen

Karen llora en un bus (Karen Cries on the Bus) von Gabriel Rojas Vera, Kolumbien

Kazoku X (Household X) von Yoshida Koki, Japan

Les mains libres (Free Hands) von Brigitte Sy, Frankreich

Osmdesát dopisů (Eighty Letters) von Václav Kadrnka, Tschechische Republik

Patang (The Kite) von Prashant Bhargava, Indien/USA

Utopians von Zbigniew Bzymek, USA

Viva Riva! von Djo Tunda Wa Munga, Demokratische Republik Kongo/Frankreich/Belgien