Cheers movie lovers,
TEDDY becomes 30…..and looks back to a past full of funny, tragic, embarassing, happy and moving moments. Short facts: the first TEDDY got awarded in 1987 by Wieland Speck, director of Panorama nowadays. Back then, he sent a plush-teddy from the departement store to the first award winners Gus van Sant and Pedro Almodóvar, who received the prize by post and with great pleasure.
Attention for queer movies and visibility of queer life was lacking and founding an award seemed a good way to get some.
In the beginning the jury was the audience; everyone who has watched each single movie was enabled to vote. The professional jury was founded in 1997 and ARTE started broadcasting the award show in 2006.
In the mid 90’s TEDDY AWARD officially got acknowleged as a prize of the Berlinale. So a lot has happened in all these years and according to the 30th Birthday we take a look back, but also face the presence and the future of TEDDY. We talk to TEDDY AWARD winners, friends and supporters in interviews and panel discussions….and especially we are looking forward to the birthday party, where we will be ready to rumble with you. Like the kids in Moonrise Kingdom (except the beach is missing)