Berlinale 2024: Awards

Berlinale Awards 2024

by Alexa Dalby

The Award Ceremony will take place on 24 February in the Berlinale Palast, where the prizes of Berlinale Shorts, the GWFF Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale Documentary Award, the prizes of the Encounters section as well as the Golden and Silver Bears in the Competition will be awarded.

The event will be broadcast on ZDF/3sat from 7.30 pm and streamed live on our website and YouTube channel:

On the Berlinale Publikumstag, Sunday 25 February  2024, there will be an encore for audiences: numerous festival films from various sections will be repeated at the Berlinale venues.

Golden Bear

Best Film – Dahomey – Mati Diop

The multifaceted docu-fictional essay explores the return, in November 2021, of plundered royal treasures of the African Kingdom of Dahomey from Paris to the present-day Republic of Benin, examining the complicated response of those in Benin, whose culture has developed for more than a century without these artifacts.

While taking the stage to accept her award, Diop made a direct political statement, calling out, “I stand with Palestine!”

Silver Bear

Grand Jury Prize: A Traveler’s Needs – Hong Sangsoo

Jury Prize: Bad Living – João Canijo

Jury Prize: The Empire – Bruno Dumont

Best leading performance – Sebastian Stan – A Different Man

Best supporting performance – Emily Watson – Small Things Like These

Best screenplay – Mattias Matthias Glasner – Sterben (Dying)

Outstanding artistic contribution – Cinematographer Martin Gschlacht – The Devil’s Bath – cinematography


Best Film – Direct Action – Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell

Best Director – Cidade: Campo – Juliana Rojas

Special Jury Award: (ex aequo) 

The Great Yawn of History – Aliyar Rasti

Some Rain Must Fall – Qiu Yang

Golden Bear Best Short Film – An Odd Turn (Un movimiento extraño) by Francisco Lezama
Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) — Remains of the Hot Day (Re tian wu hou) by Wenqian Zhang

Berlinale Documentary Award 2024

No Other Land by Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, and Rachel Szor

Special Mention — Direct Action by Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell

GWFF Best First Feature Award

GFF First Feature Award — Cu Li Never Cries (Cu Li Không Bao Gi? Khóc ) by Ph?m Ng?c Lân

Honorary Golden Bear
Martin Scorsese

Martin Scorsese with his laudator Wim Wenders

Martin Scorsese in conversation with Joanna Hogg

Berlinale Camera
German director and author Edgar Reitz. The world premiere of Edgar Reitz’s latest work, Filmstunde_23, was screened after the award ceremony as part of Berlinale Special.


Panorama Audience Award 2024 winner – Feature film

Memorias de un cuerpo que arde (Memories of a Burning Body)
Costa Rica / Spain 2024
by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss

The second and third place of the Panorama Audience Award go to:

Sweden / Denmark / France / Turkey / Georgia 2024
by Levan Akin

All Shall Be Well
Hong Kong, China 2024
by Ray Yeung

Panorama Audience Award Winner 2024 – Documentary

No Other Land
Palestine / Norway 2024
by Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, Rachel Szor

The second and third place of the Panorama Audience Award – Documentary go to:

Sayyareye dozdide shodeye man (My Stolen Planet)
Germany / Iran 2024
by Farahnaz Sharifi

Teaches of Peaches
Germany 2024
by Philipp Fussenegger, Judy Landkammer


Crystal Bear for the Best Film

Last Swim
by Sasha Nathwani

Special Mention

Kai Shi De Qiang (She Sat There Like All Ordinary Ones)
by Qu Youjia

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film

Cura sana
by Lucía G. Romero

Special Mention

Lapso (Lapse)
by Caroline Cavalcanti

The Grand Prix of the International Jury for the Best Film in Generation 14plus

Comme le feu (Who by Fire)
by Philippe Lesage

Special Mention Generation 14plus

by Sarvnaz Alambeigi

The Special Prize of the International Jury for the Best Short Film in Generation 14plus

Un pájaro voló (A Bird Flew)
by Leinad Pájaro De la Hoz

Special Mention Generation 14plus

Songs of Love and Hate
by Saurav Ghimire

The Children’s and the Youth Jury

The youngest official Berlinale juries are staffed by seven Berlin children aged eleven to 14 for the Generation Kplus competition and five young people for the Generation 14plus competition. Independently of the International Juries, they award the Crystal Bears for the best short and long films. All young festival visitors who have shared their thoughts and comments on Generation films via the film questionnaires can qualify for participation in the Children’s or Youth Jury.

Teddy Award
Teddy Award

Closing Gala

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