The Jury of the 38th TEDDY AWARD

We are delighted to present our international jury for the 38th TEDDY AWARD. This year, five renowned, creative festival and film professionals will decide on the winners of the TEDDY in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary / Essay Film and the TEDDY Jury Award from the queer films nominated at the Berlinale.

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Cerise Howard (pronouns: she/her)

Melbourne Queer Film Festival

Programm Director

Cerise Howard was appointed as Program Director of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival in May 2023. She hails from Aotearoa New Zealand and has for several years been a co-curator of the Melbourne Cinémathèque. She co-founded the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia and was its Artistic Director from 2013-2018; she was also a co-founding member of tilde: Melbourne Trans and Gender Diverse Film Festival. She has been a Studio Leader at RMIT University since 2019, specialising in courses interrogating the shortcomings of the canon and incubating film festivals. She is a long-time commentator and widely published writer on film; a regular broadcaster on Melbourne radio station 3RRR, and was a member of the International Jury Board of the East-West: Golden Arch Awards, celebrating Eurasian cinema, between 2018 and 2021.

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Diego Armando Aparicio (pronouns: he/ him)

Queer Wave: the Cyprus LGBTQIA+ Film Festival

Festival Director

Diego Armando Elia Aparicio (b. 1993) is the founder and artistic director of Queer Wave: the Cyprus LGBTQIA+ Film Festival. For his work on Queer Wave, he was one of 20 finalists worldwide shortlisted for the 2021 Commonwealth Youth Awards, amongst one thousand nominees from 43 countries. He is an alumnus of the Festival Atelier, the Future of Film Festivals Forum, the Global Cultural Relations Programme and Developing Your Film Festival. In 2018 he served as an official jury member for Giornate degli Autori at the Venice International Film Festival. He has assisted the Giornate programming team as pre-selector every year since 2019. In 2022 he was part of the selection panel for the European Parliament’s LUX Audience Award. He has worked in the production and direction departments for several international co-productions, including feature films and limited series which have premiered in Venice, the Cannes Critics’ Week and the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. He graduated with a physics degree from Imperial College London in 2016. He is a member of the European Film Academy. 

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Kami Sid (pronouns: she/ her)

Aks International Minorities Festival

Artist and Curator

Kami Sid is a prominent transgender activist and artist from Karachi. She happens to be the first transgender fashion model from the region and has worked as an artist and speaker in several fictions and documentaries in the past. Kami runs a community based queer youth organisation “Sub Rang” that mainly focuses on creating safe spaces and ensuring the well being of LGBTQ+ and non-binary people from urban Pakistan. She is also Coordinator at Humraz Male Health Society, working for HIV/AIDS and Mental Health . Kami has been working with Aks International festival as a head of Karachi chapter
since 2016, she has been successfully opening queer and trans dialogues with universities and public spaces in Karachi through Aks festival. In the past month, Kami made history by organizing the first Hijra
Festival, a trans led street festival with political agendas demanding equal rights for transgender/Hijra community of Pakistan. The Hijra festival was attended by thousands of transgender and queer community member from all over Pakistan. Kami has been awarded for her work on national and international platforms. As the producer of Aks festival in Pakistan, she has recently started Aks Out Reach project that is used as tool for sensitization and educational awareness across Pakistan. Kami organized Aks festival’s events in more than 12
different cities in 2022 and is eager to reach out to many more this year. Kami is also a trained mobile filmmaker for the empowerment of minorities and is currently working on her debut documentary on
trans youth in Pakistan as a director.

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Luís Fernando Moura (pronouns: they/ them)


FENDA – Experimental Festival of Film Arts

Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife

Coordinator, Curator, Advisor

Curator, film researcher and audience designer born and based in Recife, Brasil, with a programming background at the festivals Janela Internacional de Cinema do Recife (programming coordinator, 2015-2023), Belo Horizonte International Short Film Festival (2017-2019) and – Documentary and Ethnographic Film Festival (2018), currently part of the programming team at FENDA – Experimental Festival of Film Arts (2022-2023). Developer of the platform fuga, aimed at the intercontinental exchange of dissident film. Curator of retrospective film collections including Brasil Distópico (2017), L.A. Rebellion (2017-2019) and CUIR – FILM Y EXPERIMENTO – LATINOAMÉRICA (2021).

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Vic Carmen Sonne (pronouns: she/ her)

Actor and Writer

Vic Carmen Sonne is an actress and writer based in Copenhagen, Denmark.  In 2016 Vic graduated from the Danish National School of Performing Arts, without prior formal education, and as the youngest applicant ever accepted. Throughout her career, Vic has been dedicated to forging emotional connections in cinema by challenging norms and illuminating the often-unseen complexities of human life. This dedication has manifested through nonconformist narratives, challenging stereotypes, and societal norms and is a defining feature of her filmography.  In 2016, Vic starred in Rasmus Heisterberg´s feature film IN THE BLOOD  for which she won a Bodil Award for Best Actress (the Danish Critic’s Association). Shortly after, she started her continuing collaboration with director Hlynur Palmason’s  when she boarded his WINTER BROTHERS, for which she received the Robert Award (the Danish Film Academy) for Best Supporting Actress.  In 2018 she starred in Isabella Eklöf´s Sundance premiere, the grand jury prize nominee  HOLIDAY . The film was recognized widely, awarding Vic with a Bodil for Best Actress.   In 2019, Vic was invited to sit on the feature narrative and documentary jury for Film Festival Oslo Fusion, a festival focusing on LHBTQIA2S+ and QTIBIPOC alongside Bartholomew Sammut.  Vic’s contributions to cinema were internationally acknowledged in 2020 with the Shooting Star award at the Berlinale. In 2022, Vic in “Godland,” Palmason, premiered at Cannes and was shortlisted for the Academy Awards’ Best International Feature. Vic’s coming projects include E.L. Katz’s “Azrael,” Milad Alami’s “Bullshit,” the Netflix series “The Helicopter Heist” created by Ronnie Sandahl and directed by Daniel Espinosa, and Magnus von Horn’s “The Girl with the Needle.” 

Get to know the Artwork: A Klaus Nomi Tribute

Once again this year, we are delighted to present the creative artwork of talented artist Marion Habringer. If you are now asking yourself “Wait a minute, the bow tie on the TEDDY and the pattern on the poster look familiar to me”, then you are exactly right. This year’s design for the 38th TEDDY AWARD is all about “Klaus Nomi”, who would have been 80 years old this year.

If the name doesn’t bring back any memories, here is an introduction to the unique German countertenor, performance artist and pioneer of the new wave music scene. Born on January 24, 1944 in Immenstadt, he studied opera singing in Germany before emigrating to the USA in the 1970s, where he developed his unmistakable performance style.

However, Nomi did not remain undiscovered for long. When he performed as a backing singer for none other than David Bowie, Klaus Nomi captivated audiences not only with his voice, but also with his extravagant stage outfits and theatrical presence. His performances blurred stereotypical gender roles, influencing the work of subsequent artists. The large, triangular bow tie, which this year’s TEDDY is also wearing, has become his trademark.

His self-titled debut album, released in 1981, underlines his multifaceted artistic identity. Nomi’s music incorporates a wide range of genres such as pop, new wave and electronic music, in which he has incorporated interpretations of classical pieces such as “The Cold Song” by Henry Purcell.

Klaus Nomi died at the age of just 39 as a result of his AIDS-infection. Even after his death, many influences can still be found, especially in the music of the 1970s and 1980s. He had a particular influence on the avant-garde pop, new wave, and electronic music scenes, as well as performance art.

We commemorate Klaus Nomi and his important work for the queer community.

Programme Press Conference 

The Programme Press Conference for the 74th Berlin International Film Festival with an outlook on the festival and the presentation of the Competition and Encounters film selection will be held on January 22, 2024, at 11 am at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. (Access only with personal invitation)

Livestream: The Press Conference will be available to watch live from 11 am (CET) on and YouTube.

Introduction to the queer Films of the Berlinale

For all those who would like to find out about the queer films of the 74th Berlin International Film Festival in advance, the head of the Panorama section, Michael Stütz, and program managers from the Berlinale sections will present their films in the running for the 38th TEDDY AWARD and provide initial insights into current topics and trends in queer cinema. 
 The traditional kick-off event for the TEDDY AWARD is supported by the SchwuZ Queer Foundation. 

SchwuZ Queer Club 
Rollbergstraße 26 
12053 Berlin

02.02.2024, admission 7pm, start 8pm 

Admission for a voluntary donation to the SchwuZ Queer Foundation.

The introduction will be in English.

Tickets for the TEDDY AWARD ceremony at the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN on 23.02.2024 are now available in the Volksbühne webshop at or by calling the ticket hotline 030-240 65-777.  

The TEDDY AWARD ceremony on 23.02.2024 at the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN begins at 20:30. The glittering TEDDY After Show PARTY & LOUNGE with 2 dance floors, 2 lounges and DJs starts at 23:00!

Introduction to the queer films of the Berlinale
Introduction to the queer films of the Berlinale

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