Elio Germano (left) and Paula Beer (right), Silver Bear for Best Actor and Best Actress 2020 surround Baran Rasoulof who came to receive the Golden Bear on behalf of Mohammad Rasoulof. - Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP

At the Berlinale, from now on, the trophies will not be a matter of gender. The Berlin International Film Festival (Germany) announces this Monday that the Silver Bear for Best Actress and the Silver Bear for Best Actor will not be awarded at its next edition, the 71st, at the start of 'next year.

These two statuettes will be replaced by a Silver Bear for best performance in a leading role, which the jury can award to both an actor and an actress.

"Promote equality between men and women"

"We believe that not distinguishing the rewards according to gender constitutes a signal for an awareness promoting equality between men and women in the cinema industry", explain, in a press release, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatriana who co-direct the event.

The Berlin Film Festival is creating a new award, the Silver Bear for Best Performance in a Supporting Role, which will also be awarded regardless of gender.

The Bauer Prize disappears

On the other hand, the Alfred-Bauer Prize will never return. This trophy, supposed to reward an innovative film, bore the name of the first director of the Berlinale. After revelations, published in January, on the links between Alfred Bauer and the Nazi regime, it was agreed not to award this award during the 2020 edition. The current management team of the festival has decided to do without it. for real.

The press release informs that the 2021 edition is envisaged as a physical festival (and not online). Details will be given in the coming weeks regarding the necessary adjustments to accommodate festival-goers. It has already been decided that the “Generation” section, intended for children and adolescents, will only program films of a minimum duration of 60 minutes, and no short films.


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