38. Teddy Award


The TEDDY AWARD will accompany the 74th 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 in the form of interacting and interconnected queer media professionals in presence and online. 
The TEDDY AWARD's network of more than 180 queer film festivals worldwide guarantees global attention and international participation. The TEDDY AWARD online platforms will be accessible to all interested parties and enable participation in this exchange worldwide.

The TEDDY AWARD has been presented at the Berlin International Film Festival for 38 years. It is the oldest and most important queer film award in the world, recognizing films and individuals that communicate issues of social diversity and contribute to greater tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society. 

The TEDDY AWARD has a high reputation and credibility and has become an established international platform for communication and discussion on diversity in societies and cultures around the world. 

Films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival - most of them world premieres and international premieres - compete for the TEDDY AWARDS every year. The TEDDY AWARD is presented in the categories best feature film, best documentary/essay film, best short film and TEDDY Jury Award as well as a special TEDDY AWARD for lifetime artistic achievement to outstanding personalities.
The list of previous TEDDY AWARD winners ranges from Oscar winners Tilda Swinton and Pedro Almodóvar and Emmy winner Lisa Cholodenko to international screen stars such as Helmut Berger, Udo Kier, Joe Dallesandro, James Franco and John Hurt to internationally renowned directors and producers such as Gus Van Sant, Ulrike Ottinger, Małgorzata Szumowska, Todd Haynes, Werner Schroeter, Christine Vachon and many more. and many more.

The TEDDY AWARDs are presented at the festive awards ceremony with around 1500 guests from the worlds of art, culture, business and politics. The TEDDY AWARD ceremony is one of the biggest public events at the Berlinale and a glamorous highlight in Berlin's cultural calendar, not least because of the Berlinale's most exciting party, which traditionally takes place after the award ceremony. 

The TEDDY AWARD is the leading event for queer film festivals around the world. More than 180 festival organizers from all over the world come together every year during the Berlinale for the "Programmers Meeting", the largest gathering of queer film festival organizers and filmmakers worldwide. In 2016, the TEDDY AWARD left the previous framework for the first time and opened the meeting to queer producers, writers and directors in order to promote networking and discuss the development of queer film on a broad basis. With more than 300 queer media professionals from all five continents expected to attend, the Programmers Meeting is now considered the world's largest meeting of the queer film and media industry. 

The TEDDY AWARD is financed exclusively by contributions from supporting members and patrons of the non-profit organization Förderverein Teddy e.V., by the commitment of many volunteers and by donations from partners, supporters and sponsors as well as the proceeds from the award ceremony.

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