february 2020, berlinale forum

Prizes of the Independent Juries for "Ping Jing", "Seishin 0" and "Chico ventana también quisiera tener un submarino"

The independent juries of the Berlinale have awarded prizes to another three Forum films: The Conféderation Internationale des Cinémas D'Art et Essai (C.I.C.A.E.) awarded PING JING (The Calming) by Song Fang. The jury consisted of Ariane Hofmann, Aliki Kalagasidu and André Soto.

The award of the Ecumenical Jury, worth 2,500 Euros, was given to Kazuhiro Soda's SEISHIN 0 (Zero). The prize goes to directors who have succeeded in portraying actions or human experiences that are in keeping with the Gospels, or in sensitising viewers to spiritual, human or social values. The jury consisted of Kodjo Ognandou Ayetan, Alexander Bothe, Rinke Dellebeke-van Hell, Melanie Pollmeier, James Thessin, jury president: Roland Wicher.

february 2020, berlinale forum

Caligari Prize for "Victoria"

VICTORIA by Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere receives this year's Caligari Award.

The jurors Lena Martin, Dagmar Kamlah and Thomas Klein said: "California City, the failed vision of a metropolis from an investor in the 1950s, forms the setting for a new beginning by an Afro-American family resettled from Los Angeles. Taking everyday life and spontaneous experiences as their basis, the filmmakers accompany the young father of the family. A hybrid documentary develops from this with fiction-film elements. Not only does Lashay T. Warren use his smartphone creatively for the relocation, but also enters linguistically into a remarkable dialogue with the absurd place in the desert. By insisting on and communicating from a subjective perspective, VICTORIA poses existential questions about urbanity and precarious living conditions, and creates new hope out of nothingness contrary to all the expectations."


february 2019

50th Berlinale Forum

The 50th Berlinale Forum will take place from 20 February - 1 March 2020 as part of the 70th Berlinale. Information about online submissions can be found at the Berlinale...