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TEDDY Shorts at SchwuZ

The TEDDYS have been awarded but the TEDDY events during the 65th Berlinale aren’t over yet! Tomorrow evening the TEDDY AWARD in cooperation with Mobile Kino and SchwuZ will screen documentary shorts from the Russian TEDDY Partnerfestival Side by Side, as well as some of the highlights from the TEDDY Shorts of the last years. The shorts form Russia show in different ways the living conditions of queer people in Russia nowadays.


“Who are they?” by Olga Privolnova shows everyday moments in the lives of  Sasha, Masha, Lera, Natasha, Masher and Olya. They are lesbian, trans and bisexual. They are afraid of loneliness, trying to be honest with themselves and others and are looking for a meaning in their lives. Privolnova has created a sensitive portrait of these outcasts in Russian society.

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In “Celebration Interviews” the director Alina Rudnitskaya is exploring how the law against “homosexual propaganda” has affected the lives of LGBTI people in Russia. In interviews they are talking about their fears, their pride and the ways in which they are forced to hide their sexual identity.

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Olga Privolnova accompanies the HIV-positive gay men Demir and Kirill in “Leave the Room!”. How has the disease influenced their life and their love? What is the situation for HIV positive people in Russia like? How can hope develop in such a situation?

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Kristina Kvitko investigates the tracks of a broken family in “Behind the Closed Door”. Natasha, her father and her son live in the same town, walk on the same streets but seem to be too distant for them to ever cross paths.

The Russian films will be screened with English subtitles. It starts at 8pm at SchwuZ, the entrance fee is 5 Euro. See you tomorrow!

What a Night!

How was the TEDDY AWARD Opening Party at SchwuZ Club you ask? Why, it was grand, as expected. A celebration full of Sex, LOVE, and Rock’n’Roll. The arriving guests received a warm welcome in form of a free drink that could be won by spinning the wheel of fortune. Cheers to the colorful Teddy!

Win a free drink at SchwuZ tonight! And admire the lovely teddy. #teddyaward #schwuz #party #berlinale

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Panorama-Curator Wieland Speck joined the party and introduced to international TEDDY AWARD Jury. From Serbia and Argentina to Botswana, the jury work to get queer films the recogntition they deserve all over the world.

A special highlight was the Sissy Show presented by the one and only Pansy.   The dragqueen animated the audience and invited to sing along  (…my heart will go oooon aaaand oooon…). It was hot and steamy!

#teddyaward opening party #berlinale #schwuz #party #drag #fun

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Dancing with the teddy #teddyaward #berlinale #schwuz #party #dance #drag

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Besides all the partying, there were also real issues to adress. The infostands of Queer Amnesty Berlin, TransInterQueer e.V. and the Schwules Museum concerned trans*issues. A special focus was on the whistleblower Chelsea Manning, who has been denied the right to the hormon therapy she has been asking for in prison. The organisation Free Chelsea Manning Berlin is fighting for her and was there at the party.

The TEDDY AWARD social media campaign #shutuphaters is fighting against hate speech of any kind. At the Opening Party, there was a corner where everyone had the chance to be photographed with their personal messages to all the haters. The results can be seen on shutuphaters.org. We invite everyone to join the campaign, more people = stronger the statement!

It was a grand night with amazing people, great music and a magnificent atmosphere. Thank you and see you next friday at the  Closing Party! Until then, get some rest!

It's onnnn! #teddyaward #berlinale #schwuz #party #allofthelights #disco

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Last Week in Review

Missed the last TEDDY-news? No time to check our daily updates on our blog and social media? Don’t worry! Here’s everything you shouldn’t have missed.

Berlinale is two days away! This is not a drill! Yesterday, Panorama curator Wieland Speck gave an introduction to the queer films at Berlinale 2015. At  Kino International, the queer film fans of Berlin came together.

#mongay has started #teddyaward #berlinale

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For everyone who couldn’t make it we can say this: the queer films at Berlinale this year will be great. For an overview, you can check them out on our website as well as on our blog. The TEDDY Programme Guide is also available for download. And just to give you an idea, here’s the trailer for one of the craziest queer films this year, the Swedish musical Dyke Hard:

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Don’t forget that the TEDDY AWARD Opening Party at SchwuZ Club is this Friday! You can check out all the DJs here. We can assure you that it will be a night to remember. Lego & Marsmaedchen will play rock, Chance & Dark, Lucky Pierre and Ena Lind will provide you with electronic music and tons of other great DJs and artists will be there to entertain you!

The TEDDY wouldn’t be the TEDDY if, besides the music and the party, we wouldn’t also support important LGBTI causes. This year, we’ll have information booths concerning trans* issues and especially Chelsea Manning. The Whistle Blower has been sentenced to 35 years in prison. Chelsea has come out as a trans*woman over a year ago and still has to fight for the start of the hormonal treatment that was promised her by the US government. Chelsea Manning needs our support!


For those who want to read more about the TEDDY, we have been introducing the international TEDDY AWARD Jury on our blog all week. We also remembered the LGBTI activist David Kato on his 4th memorial anniversary and reported on Bombastic, the first LGBTI magazine in Uganda.

As seen above, people were actually camping in front of the Berlinale ticket counters this week, so it’s safe to assume that you guys are just as excited as we are for Berlinale to finally start. This is the last Week in Review. Starting Thursday the TEDDY Todays on this blog will inform you daily about everything that’s happening at Berlinale. We are looking forward to a great festival with you!

TEDDY Events 2015

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd, 2015, 10 pm
Wieland Speck and the TEDDY foundation present MonGay Special
Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin
Head of the Panorama Section Wieland Speck presents the 2015 TEDDY programm.
Entrance fee: full price : 7 euro, concessions: 6,50 euro.
Ticket proceeds go to the TEDDY foundation.

BERLINALE TALK @ Berlinale Lounge
with UDO KIER and Deutschlandradio Kultur
Broadcast on February 9th, 9 am
Audi Berlinale Lounge at Marlene-Dietrich-Platz
Free entry

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 6th, 2015, 10 pm
Reception for the TEDDY Jury 2015
TEDDY GRAND OPENING NIGHT  @ SchwuZ “London Calling”
Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin
Entrance fee: 6 euro until midnight, afterwards 8 euro
Rock: Lego & marsmaedchen
Elektronische Tanzmusik: Chance&Dark, Lucky Pierre & Ena Lind
Janus-floor: dpd & M.E.S.H
Info booth concerning trans* issues and Chelsea Manning with Free Chelsea Manning Berlin  and Queer Amnesty Berlin

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, 8 to 9 pm
BERLINALE TALK @ Berlinale Lounge
“The years with Fassbinder”
Audi Berlinale Lounge at Marlene-Dietrich-Platz
Free entry
>>> Facebook-event

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2015, 9 pm

9 pm: 29th TEDDY AWARD GALA @ Komische Oper Berlin
Behrenstraße 55-57, 10117 Berlin
with :
with a tribute to Rainer Werner Fassbinder
and many more tba

with “L’ensemble transes continentales” and  “Das blaue Wunder” feat. Magnus and Norbert

And for those who want to party all night, we organized a party shuttle bus who will bring you to the TEDDY AWARD Closing Party at the SchwuZ. Entrance is included in the Gala ticket fee.


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 13th, 2015, 11 pm

TEDDY 2015 CLOSING PARTY @ SchwuZ “Partysane”
Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin
Entrance fee: 8 euro until midnight, afterwards 10 euro
Entrance fee includes support for the TEDDY foundation
Rotz’n’pop: Gloria Viagra & Pa$cha
Urban Sounds: Black Cracker & Friends
Discoelectro: Disco Gessner & hintergrundrauschen
Info booth concerning trans* issues and Chelsea Manning with Free Chelsea Manning Berlin  and Queer Amnesty Berlin
>>> Facebook-event

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 15th 2015, 8 pm
Filmscreening in cooperation with Mobile Kino
Entrance fee: 5 Euro
SchwuZ, Rollbergstraße 26, 12053 Berlin
>>> Facebook-event

TEDDY AWARD on TV, ARTE Television
in German and in French
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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 16th, 2015, 10 pm

Wieland Speck and the TEDDY foundation present MonGay Special
Kino International
Kino International, Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin
Entrance fee: full price : 7 euro, concessions: 6,50 euro.
Ticket proceeds go to the TEDDY foundation.
>>> Facebook-event


#teddyartist: Nuclear Family

Nuclear Family is the musical brainchild of Nikolaj Tange Lange and occasional partner in crime, Andreas Tange Lange. Nikolaj writes the songs, programs the sounds, and sings too – and even plays a couple of instruments from time to time. Andreas adds a helluva lotta attitude, killer outfits, and sings along when he remembers. Nuclear Family have played over 100 gigs in all parts of Europe – three times at the Copenhagen Queer Festival, twice at the Berlin Porn Festival, and once at the 50th birthday of Danish movie director Lars Von Trier.

When: 14.02.14
23 Uhr @TEDDY AWARD Closing Party
Where: SchwuZ