In 2016 the TEDDY AWARD celebrates its 30th birthday and therefore we did interviews with the previous Teddy winners. They talk about the conditions in which queer people lived at the time their movie won the award, about the impact the TEDDY AWARD had on their lives as well as on their art and how winning the award changed the perspective on LGBTIQ-people in their country.
Special Teddy Award Winner 1988 and 2008
It´s nothing new, that american tv-series are addictive for million people worldwide and are talked about in feature sections of newspapers all the time. It´s also no novelty that tv-series are considered as the new world literature. There are analytic books written about series like „Breaking Bad“ or „The Wire“, and moreover there are seminars about them, for example at elite university Harvard.
A new art form was invented: complex stories told over a larger amount of time, characters who have the possibility to develop – or completely change. But also, there has been another change in the comos of series: the women characters. Continue reading the feminist guide to tv series→
For the 30th birthday, TEDDY is getting a retroperspective in the context of Berlinale. A view of the ultimate shining stars from the history of queer cinema will be shown on the Berlin International Film Fest. Movies like “Different From The Others” by Richard Oswald or modern classics like “Watermelon Woman” by Cheryl Dunye.
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)