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All films 2023

You can find the full overview of queer films presented at the 37. TEDDY Awards here. Presentations of films from former TEDDY editions are available in our film database.


All Feature Films at 37th TEDDY AWARD


All Documentary Films at 36th TEDDY AWARD


All Short Films at 37th TEDDY AWARD


Film still Un gif larguísimo | A Very Long Gif © Eduardo Williams


Film still Bad Behaviour © Sarah Enticknap




22:30 TEDDY JURY RECEPTION: Moderated Introduction to our Jury
The traditional introduction of the TEDDY AWARD jury with information and talks about the work of the jury, their festivals and what a queer film award means to them.



15:15 – 16:30 CURATING THE FUTURE: Towards programming equity (EFM Industry Session)
What is the future of film programming? Join us for a discussion of just, ethical, and community-rooted film programming practices as well as a participatory worldbuilding experience to chart the future of the field with Karim Ahmad, Jemma Desai, Can Sungu, Lucy Mukerjee and Tambay Obenson.



12:30 – 13:30 DIRECTORS EXCHANGE: Time after time, club culture and the concept of time in Queer Cinema
This year, a number of films invite us into the club as a social place and a space of timeless seduction and seemingly endless possibilities: two being Anthony Lapia’s film After; and Hannes Hirsch’s Berlin metamorphosis Drifter. These films could not be more different in style and narrative, but they both find a common denominator between beats, hedonism and losing oneself. We invite both filmmakers to speak about their inspiration and approach in crafting their films. 
Moderator: Ana David

14:30 TEDDY TALK: QueerWeb Part 1
The QueerWeb series is about exploring, analysing and connecting elements, initiatives and organisations that can strengthen the queer film network, from production to programming, networking to training and exhibition to archiving. In Part 1, we begin by navigating existing organisations that support people within the industry. From collectives and initiatives to training programs set up to strengthen connections from within. By coming together, we look to analyse existing power structures and discuss how each of us, through our work, can collectively go about demanding changes.
Moderator: Nastaran Tajeri-Foumani

16:30 DIRECTORS EXCHANGE: Biographies of beauty, rebellion and truth. Trans* narratives as tools of unapologetic self-representation
Moving through 24 hours of sweeping emotions in the existence of a singular trans* man to the unfiltered wisdom and self-empowerment of four black trans* sex workers, Directors Vuk Lungulov-Klotz and D. Smith talk us through their bold cinematic statements of artistic and aesthetic expression. Fuelled by their respective critique of a binary world, the importance of self-representation will be explored within the directors’ exchange. 
Moderator: Djamilia Grandits



Five queer film professionals present a 10-minute talk around Queer Visions. Creating that vision from existing realities, from experiences on film sets, in pitching meetings, writers rooms, auditions or creating that program for your festival audience? How do these visions or utopias look, are they achievable or are we just kidding ourselves? Let us explore the possibilities of change in the TEDDY Talents Talks. 
Moderator: Djamilia Grandits



9:30 – 18:30 EFM QUEER FOCUS DAY: Screenings
Queer Film Catch Up Screenings

10:30 MANIFESTATIONS: Queer Short Film Program
Market Screening Event for Programmers

14:30 TEDDY TALK: From Surviving to Thriving!
In an effort to strengthen the Queer Film Market we must first look at its many fragile entities. The Queer Film Festivals, made mostly on shoestring budgets, the Queer Films with little to no development funding and the distribution network, heavily dependent on the screening fees from the festivals that in turn struggle with little to no budgets. How has this survived up until now and is this sustainable in the face of a changing cinema landscape?  In taking an in depth look at existing structures, we aim to examine the balance between surviving and thriving.
Moderator: Skadi Loist

16:30 QUEER YOUR PROGRAM: Hybrid Those Speedy Film Pitches
Thirty Filmmakers whose films are ready for distribution will present their projects within two-minute pitches to programmers, distributors and sales agents. Join in to find potentially your next opening night film.
Moderator: Bartholomew Sammut

The annual gathering of industry professionals from the Queer Film Industry, from filmmakers to programmers, to distributors and sales agents.

Live on stage – LUNA

We’re happy to have LUNA performing at this year’s TEDDY AWARD. The 20-year-old sings about her own coming-out, setting a universal statement about the courage to be yourself. And who but her would be predestined than LUNA, a young girl from the Bavarian provinces, ill-fitting into the traditional picture of what a girl should be like. 

Her single ‘Blau’ presents a hymn to her own coming-out, saying: “I liked the idea of writing a song I would have needed to hear myself.” 

LUNA – blau

LUNA blurs the borders between modern, rap-influenced sounds and classical songwriter-arrangements. Her powerful voice tells a tale of falling and standing up, honoring pop music’s promise to be a voice for the different ones, for the freaks. Power and empowerment! 

LUNA © Jeanette Friedrich

If you want to see LUNA live on the TEDDY Awards stage on February 24th, you can book tickets for the ceremony now on the Webshop der Volksbühne or by calling the Ticket-Hotline 030-240 65-277.

Live on stage – AŸA 

The artist AŸA (Avia Shoshani) is an independent creator based in Berlin for the last 4 years. Half Maroccan, half Yemen, she moved from a little town in the desert of Israel/Palestine to the huge and colorful city of Berlin to find her voice as a Jewish-Arab woman in modern society.

Growing up in an environment of political and personal crisis in Israel, AŸA had no alternative but to put her struggles into her musical storytelling, and she has so much to say. In each and every performance, AŸA demonstrates a wide range of experience, consistently delivering one-of-a-kind live adventures – taking audiences along for a very honest, but magical journey. She found her voice while performing on the biggest world stages including Eurovision, arenas filled with thousands of people, tv shows, clubs, circuses, theaters, star observatories, and more.

AŸA – Most Of The Time

We cannot wait to hear AŸA’s captivating voice on the stage of the TEDDY Awards on February 24th ! Tickets for the ceremony are available now on the Webshop der Volksbühne or by calling the Ticket-Hotline 030-240 65-277.

Introduction into the movies of the 37th TEDDY AWARD  

For all those who would like to find out in advance about the queer films at the 73rd Berlin International Film Festival, the head of the Panorama section, Michael Stütz, and programme directors from the Berlinale sections will present their films in the running for the 37th TEDDY AWARD and provide initial insights into current themes and trends in queer cinema.  

 This traditional launch event for the TEDDY AWARD is supported by the SchwuZ Queer Foundation.  


SchwuZ Queer Club  
Rollbergstraße 26  
12053 Berlin  
10th Feb, 2023 at 7:30 pm  

Admission for a voluntary donation for the SchwuZ Queer Foundation. 

The introduction will be held in English.

The TEDDY AWARD ceremony on February 24th will take place at the VOLKSBÜHNE BERLIN, Rosa- Luxemburg-Platz, 10178 Berlin, starting at 8:30pm. From 11pm onwards the hot TEDDY After Show PARTY & LOUNGE will open their doors!   

Tickets for the 37th TEDDY AWARD Ceremony are available at the Volksbühne Webshop at Ticket reservations are also possible via e-mail at  via Ticket-Hotline +49 30- 240 65-777.