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Thank you, see you next year!

Yesterday the Berlinale came to a close with the Audience Day and the 38th TEDDY AWARDS are behind us, as well. We would like to give you a short review of a fantastic award ceremony and after-show party.

It was an honor to make our contribution with the 38th TEDDY AWARD and to share a rainbow of queer joy, visibility and community with you.

© Katy Otto
© Katy Otto
© Katy Otto
© Katy Otto

We would like to take this opportunity to say a special thank you to our partners and sponsors, without whom the TEDDY would not be possible in this form:

Air France
BASE Berlin
Brazilian Embassy in Berlin
Harald Christ
Hotel Berlin Berlin
Myer’s Hotel
No Coffee
Queer Academy
Radio One

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We would especially like to thank the volunteers who supported us on the evening of the award ceremony. You were fantastic!

We are already looking forward to the next Berlinale and the 39th TEDDY – see you in February 2025!


All Shall Be Well
26.02/ 22: 00 Kino International

The winners of the 38. TEDDY AWARD

Ten days of Berlinale. Ten days full of spectacular and creative queer films and ten days of anxious waiting for the decision of this year’s jury. Once again, prizes will be awarded in the categories best feature film, best documentary/essay film, best short film and the TEDDY Jury Award, as well as the Special TEDDY AWARD for lifetime artistic achievement to outstanding personalities.

But the wait is now over. The jury of the 38th TEDDY AWARD has made its choice and selected the winners. drum roll please

The TEDDY AWARDs go to…

Best Feature Film

All Shall Be Well

Director: Ray Yeung

When her partner Pat unexpectedly dies, Angie is left to worry about the flat in which the couple lived together for over 30 years. Supported by her chosen family, Angie begins a later-life journey into emancipation.

© Katy Otto
© Katy Otto

Best documentary/ essay film

Teaches of Peaches

Directors: Judy Landkammer und Philipp Fussenegger

Seamlessly weaving together exclusive archival gems with dynamic tour footage, this documentary captures the transformative journey of Canadian Merrill Nisker into the internationally acclaimed cultural powerhouse that is Peaches.

© Katy Otto
© Katy Otto

Best Short Film


Director: Zuza Banasińska

Created from archival materials from communist Poland, the film tells the story of a multispecies matriarchal family through the eyes of a child grappling with the reproduction of ideological and representational systems.

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TEDDY Jury Award


Director: Levan Akin

Lia, a retired teacher, has promised to find her long-lost niece, Tekla. Her search takes her to Istanbul where she meets Evrim, a lawyer fighting for trans rights, and Tekla starts to feel closer than ever.


Lothar Lambert

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© Katy Otto

Congratulations to this year´s winners! Thank you to all directors, filmmakers, actors and sponsors for being part of the 38th edition of the TEDDY AWARD.

Here they are! The artists of the 38. TEDDY AWARD

It’s time to introduce our great acts for the award ceremony on 23 February. The Rope Duo Two on the Rope will take us up high and singer LUNA and actress Mina-Giselle Rüffer will take us into the depths of emotion. All performances reflect human existence uniquely, and we are delighted to welcome them as part of the 38th TEDDY AWARD.


LUNA’s lyrics make you feel like you’re secretly reading along in someone’s diary – except that it’s allowed. The artist takes us with her as she navigates her way through her 20s and the big and small questions of life. Her music is one thing above all: damn personal.

She has long since proven that she is more than just a TikTok hype: She has a club tour behind her, has been on the road as a support act for LEA, has received various awards and prizes (for example the 1LIVE crown as “Best Newcomer Act”, “Durchstarter*in des Jahres” at the New Music Award or the Musikautor*innenpreis).

Outside and within her music, LUNA has been committed to issues that are close to her heart since day one: mental health or the visibility of people belonging to the LGBTQIA+ community, which she does with sensitivity and extreme openness when it comes to revealing her own feelings to a wide audience.

The numbers and successes, but above all the strong bond with her fanbase, speak for themselves: LUNA is here to stay. She continues to let us peek into her emotional world and gives visibility to people who have felt unseen all their lives.

Mina-Giselle Rüffer

Mina-Giselle Rüffer made her debut at the age of ten in Neele Vollmar’s children’s film “Rico, Oscar and the Deep Shadows”, followed by numerous roles in series and films. For her outstanding portrayal of Nora in the fifth season of “Druck” she was honoured with the Grimme Award 
Currently she is playing the lead role in the young adult horror series “Unnoticed – Was wir fürchten”, which deals with the topic of sexual identity and the highly topical issue of bullying in schools and thus the victimisation of children and young people. Mina-Giselle lives in Berlin. 

Two on the Rope

Brace yourselves as they take you on an unforgettable journey of passion, love, and heartbreak, high up in the air!
Their awe-inspiring performance will tug at your heartstrings, as they portray the invisible bond between two people, weaving their hearts together in a mesmerizing display of trust and emotions. But what happens when this bond is suddenly torn apart? Can love endure without it, or is it lost forever in a sea of loneliness?
With breathtaking heights and gravity-defying acts, “Two on the Rope” will leave you spellbound, as they merge the moments of parting and new beginnings into a beautiful dance of emotions. It’s a moment of truth that will make your soul search for answers, and your heart yearn for the lost song.

Would you like to experience the 38th TEDDY AWARD ceremony live? Then click here and get your tickets!

TEDDY TODAY: 17th of February 2024

The third day of the Berlinale is here and has several interesting TEDDY films in store.

The Visitor

A refugee washes up in a small suitcase on the banks of the River Thames in London. Arriving at the house of an upper-class family, he seduces each and every family member, depicted in explicit sex scenes. A reimagining of Pasolini’s Teorema.

Premiere: 17.02/ 22:00 Kino International

🎥18.02/ 15:30 Cubix 9
🎥21.02/ 22:00 Kino International
🎥22.02/ 21:30 Cubix 5

You can find more information about the director and the film right HERE!

All Shall Be Well

When her partner Pat unexpectedly dies, Angie is left to worry about the flat in which the couple lived together for over 30 years. Supported by her chosen family, Angie begins a later-life journey into emancipation.

🎥 17.02 / 21:30 Cubix 8
🎥 18.02 / 12:30 Cubix 9
🎥 21.02 / 10:00 Cubix 5
🎥 23.02 / 12:00 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
🎥 25.02 / 15:30 Cineplex Titania

Looking for more information about the film? Click here

Cura Sana

Spain during the Noche de San Juan festival. Sisters Jessica and Alma are once again on their way to pick up food stamps from the Caritas charity. Although they have experienced violence at home, they both try to break the cycle and treat each other with love.

🎥19.02./ 13:30 Kino International
🎥20.02/ 18:45 Cubix 8
🎥23.02/ 12:30 Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
🎥25.02/ 18:30 Cineplex Titania

Click here to get more information about the film!



Directed by: Dag Johan Haugerud
Norway, 2024, 125′

Filmstill Sex © Motlys

Two chimney sweeps living in monogamous, heterosexual marriages both end up in situations that challenge their views on sexuality and gender roles


17.02/ 16:30 Zoo Palast 1

The Visitor

Directed by: Bruce LaBruce
UK, 2024, 101′

Filmstill The Visitor © LaBruce / A/POLITICAL

A refugee washes up in a small suitcase on the banks of the River Thames in London. Arriving at the house of an upper-class family, he seduces each and every family member, depicted in explicit sex scenes. A reimagining of Pasolini’s Teorema.


17.02/ 22:00 Kino International

Young Hearts

Directed by: Anthony Schatteman
Belgium, Netherlands, 2024, 97′

Filmstill Young Hearts © Thomas Nolf

Fourteen-year-old Elias increasingly feels like an outsider in his village. When he meets Alexander, his new neighbour of the same age, Elias is confronted with his burgeoning sexuality.


17.02/ 16:00 HKW1 – Miriam Makeba Auditorium


All Shall Be Well
17.02/ 21:30 Cubix 8

17.02/ 12:30 Cubix

17.02 / 09:30 Haus der Berliner Festspiele
17.02 / 15:15 Verti Music Hall
17.02 / 21:30 Cubix 9

detours while speaking of monsters
17.02/ 21:00 Kino Betonhalle @silent green

17.02/ 21:00 Kino Betonhalle @silent green

I Don´t Want To Be Just A Memory
17.02/ 21:00 Kino Betonhalle @silent green

Winners (Sieger sein)
17.02/ 10:00 Zoo Palast 2

The Hosts of the 38. TEDDY AWARD

We’ve got amazing hosts who will guide us through an unforgettable award ceremony this year. The talented duo, Jack Woodhead and Mark Wartenberg, will provide us with some great music to keep us entertained. And we have the charming Brix Schaumburg and the delightful Zsombor Bobák as our hosts for the night. Get ready for an amazing time!

Jack Woodhead

Jack Woodhead – Performer and composer. Host of the Teddy Award Ceremony 2017 and 2018. Jack has written shows for and performed at Wintergarten Varieté Berlin, Bar jeder Vernunft, Tipi am Kanzerlamt, GOP Varieté, and toured internationally including sell out runs in Melbourne, and Bangkok. 

Mark Wartenberg

Mark Wartenberg – Actor and lyricist. German/French/Indonesian stage and film performer. Currently working on a musical. Recently filmed all of Shakespeare’s sonnets. Premiering a new show in London in April.  

Brix Schaumburg

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Brix Schaumburg is a German actor. He just published his first children’s book with Carlsen and a new TV series will be airing soon.  He also is a singer and speaker, has won several awards and is actively striving towards more visibility and acceptance. 

Zsombor Bobák

Zsombor Bobák  joined the TEDDY team in 2018 and has since then seen almost all queer films at the Berlinale. With his insightful and competent interviews and conversations with the directors, he gives us a deep insight into the world of queer cinema and the makers every year on TEDDYAWARD TV. He holds an M.A. in Preservation and Presentation of the Moving Image from the University of Amsterdam and is a PhD student at the Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz. His field of research is queer archiving methods that bring the LGBTQ+ history of Central and Eastern Europe to life. He is passionate about queer moving images and recently  
started to explore the productive engagement of academic research and found footage filmmaking.  

You want to be part of an unforgettable night and experience the ceremony live, click here to get your tickets now!