About a month ago another Berlinale finished after 10 days of premieres, discussions and networking. Besides moving our Queer Academy/Programmers Meeting to the Martin-Gropius-Bau, we also initiated the TEDDY Diversity Talks. After last year’s Academy Summit, we decided to continue those talks but in a different, more intimate format where filmmakers could go into depth discussing certain topics circling Queer Cinema.
We are very happy to share all four talks with you today. Please make sure to view the talks, especially if you did not get a chance to attend in person a few weeks ago. It would be great if you could share the links also within your community,our goal is to reach as many interested people as possible, to keep the discussions flowing. We will be back with more Diversity Talks and are looking forward to welcome you back in Berlin.
QueerScope, a co-operation of 13 German queer film festivals, will present the first QueerScope Debut Film Award to the Swedish-American documentary “Kiki” on October 14th, to honour the achievements of director Sara Jordenö in her feature-length debut. Eligible were more than 70 queer directorial feature-length debuts of 2015 and 2016 from around the globe. The award ceremony will take place before the film screening at the 6th Filmfest homochrom in Cologne. Download the press releae
Please find more information at queerscope.de
For real electronic music and party fans, Virginia, Steffi and Dexter will be playing live. Virginia and Steffi are resident DJs at Berghain’s Panorama Bar and infamous for their wild House and Electro sets. Not only are they prolific producers but Virginia is also an exceptional singer, with a beautiful soulful voice. For the TEDDY AWARD show they’ll be joined by DJ and producer Dexter for their new joint live set that will serve as a glimpse into Virginia’s vocal‐rich album, to be released on Ostgut Ton in the Spring.
The TEDDY AWARD is a societal engaged political award, which is given to films and people, that communicate queer themes and content on a large scale and contribute with this to more tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society.
The TEDDY AWARD has with this not only cultural importance. As long as homosexuality is threatened in parts of the world with the capital punishment and is even in towns like Berlin a homophobe power in the agenda, TEDDY AWARD also carries a political significance and responsibility.
Within the scope of the International Film Festival the TEDDY will award the queer film Award’s, in the categories the best feature, the best documentaries / essay film and the best short film, as well as the Special Teddy for artistic life’s work given to an outstanding personality. Movies from all sections of the International Film Festival Berlin – most of them world premieres – compete every year for the TEDDY AWARD. The line-up of the present TEDDY AWARD winners goes from international star-directors such as: Pedro Almodóvar, Gus van Sant, Derek Jarman and Werner Schroeter to international on-screen stars such as Helmut Berger, Joe Dallesandro, John Hurt, Udo Kier and Oscar-Winner Tilda Swinton.
The TEDDY AWARD is a non-profit event. The TEDDY AWARD finances itself only by contributions of sustaining members and patrons of the Teddy e.V., by donation of supporters, the contribution of many voluntary helpers as well as sponsors and the earnings of the award ceremony.