Saarbrücken (dpa) - The award ceremony of this year's Max Ophüls Preis (MOP) film festival began in Saarbrücken in the evening.
Because of the corona pandemic, like all films and conversations about the 42nd MOP edition, it is taking place completely online for the first time.
The closing event will be broadcast free of charge on the MOP's streaming platform and YouTube channel.
A total of 16 prizes with a total amount of 118,500 euros are to be awarded by late evening.
The MOP is considered the most important festival for young German-language film.
In retrospect, the artistic director Oliver Baumgarten admitted that there were certainly some technical difficulties at this first online festival, for which we should say sorry.
But "really, very, very many things worked really well," he said.
The fact that this festival was able to be organized in this way is only thanks to «the incredible commitment of our team».
For three months, since the decision was made, it had "plunged into this adventure with absolute personal devotion", which simply cannot be overestimated.
He and festival director Svenja Böttger are “extremely grateful” for that.
The award ceremony will be moderated by TV presenter Tobias Krell.
While the laudations of the respective juries were pre-recorded, the winners will be switched on live via zoom and will receive a 3D animation of the trophy by message.
Saarbrücken's Lord Mayor Uwe Conradt (CDU) will be connected to the award of the last trophy (probably 9:30 p.m.), the Max Ophüls Prize for the best feature film.
The prize, which is endowed with 36,000 euros, is awarded by the film festival together with the state capital.
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