We’re happy to announce the 36th TEDDY AWARD’s jury. Four renowned film- and festivalmakers are going to choose from this Berlinale’s queer movies, awarding the Best Feature Film and Best Short Film with a TEDDY AWARD.

Faridah Gbadamosi has worked in a variety of roles at different film festivals and other film organizations including the California Film Institute, Athena Film Festival, Tribeca, SIFF, and many more. In addition to her programming roles, she is also Director of Distribution at Open Your Eyes and Think MF, the distribution wing of David Magdael & Associates, a consultant on different film projects, and a freelance culture critic. She recently was appointed the Artistic Director of Outfest and is very excited to help shepherd the future of the organization as it enters its 40th year. 

Joanna Ostrowska has a Humanities Ph. D. laureate and is a lecturer at Judaistic Studies chair at Jagielloński University (Krakow), Gender Studies at Warsaw University, and Polish-Jewish Studies at the Institute of Literary Research, Polish Academy of Sciences. She researches the subject of forgotten victims of the Holocaust and queer history of WWII. She is a film critic, member of selection committee for Krakow Film Festival and programmer of LGBT Film Festival in Warsaw.

Pepe Ruiloba is a film programmer and critic helming from Mexico City. He worked in production of films and commercials before joining the Guadalajara International Film Festival for six years as programmer & operational coordinator of Premio Maguey, a competitive section that showcases LGBTQ+ cinema. He currently programs the Queer strand of the Raindance Film Festival in London and the Árbol Rojo Film Exhibition in Southeast Mexico. He also works as a script editor & supervisor in local production company Studio Palíndromo, and is a film critic for newspaper Reforma, one of the largest printed media company in Mexico and Latin America. Pepe has also been part of several film festival juries, including the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival and the Queer Palm at Cannes.

Robert Moussa is the founder and director of Soura Film Festival, a berlin-based queer film festival that sheds light on cinematic talents from the South-West Asia and North Africa (SWANA) region, and was established in 2019. He graduated from the American University of Beirut with a Bachelors in Mass Communications, then moved to Prague to pursue his passion for film at FAMU. He was selected to be a jury member for the 15th edition of Xposed Film Festival. 


36th TEDDY AWARD relives

36th TEDDY AWARD Ceremony relive
With the 36th TEDDY AWARD we share a rainbow of queer joy, visibility and community with you in these chaotic times and invite you to join us in honoring the best queer films of the 72nd Berlinale at the Award Ceremony of the 36th TEDDY AWARD . With: BRIX SCHAUMBURG, GEORGETTE DEE, RASHA NAHAS, ZSOMBOR BOBÁK, MICHAEL STÜTZ und der TEDDY JURY 2022

a TEDDY Jury Reception: in conversation with this year’s Jury.
With Robert Moussa, Joanna Ostrowska, Faridah Gbadamosi & Pepe Ruiloba
Moderator – Zsombor Bobák

TEDDY Talk: The TEDDY Winners Path through a Pandemic Samuel Girma in conversation with last year’s TEDDY winners Eliane Raheb & John Greyson

Online DIRECTORS EXCHANGE: Motivations
with Alli Haapasalo, Idan Haguel & Antonio Marziale
Moderator: Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani

TEDDY Talks Online: Evolving Experimentation
with Liz Rosenfeld, Mohammad Shawky Hassan & Gustavo Vinagre, Moderator – Toby Ashraf


During these uncertain times, the 36th TEDDY AWARD invites you to enjoy a sheer rainbow of queer community, pleasure and visibility. We’re inviting you to celebrate the best queer movies of the 72nd Berlinale at the 36th TEDDY AWARD ceremony, taking place at the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN on February 18, 2022.

Due to the ongoing pandemic, the TEDDY AWARDS – one of the most prestigious awards of the Berlin International Film Festival – once again will not happen as the glamorous event you’ve gotten used to. There will not be 1500 guests from media, politics and society. The safety of our guests, film crews and employees has top priority, which is why this year we can only allow participants and contributors access to the award ceremony at the Volksbühne.

But you can be there live, our livestream from the Volksbühne will be activated on 18.02.22 starting at 9pm.

The TEDDY AWARD will also accompany the 72nd Berlinale on the TEDDY AWARD platforms with talks, discussions, panels and interviews on current queer films and the most burning issues and developments in the queer media industry. The TEDDY AWARD film market events Queer Industry Reception and Speedy Film Pitches will take place online in the form of interacting and networking queer media professionals. The TEDDY AWARD online platforms will be accessible to anyone who’s interested and will once again enable an international discourse.