The Berlin International Film Festival has selected the members of the International Jury for Generation 14plus, and Generation Kplus along with the Cross-Sections, and School Program.
International Jury for Generation 14plus
The International Jury for Generation 14plus presents the Grand Prix for Best Film (7,500 euros) and the Special Prize for Best Short Film (2,500 euros). The three members of this year’s jury are:
The German-Hungarian director divides his time between Berlin and Budapest. His feature film debut Stadt Land Fluss (Harvest) celebrated its world premiere at Generation in 2011. His more journalistic pieces include an award-winning documentary on HIV for ARTE/rbb; The Berlin Patient (2013).
The award-winning director from the USA was featured in the Generation 14plus short film competition in 2016 withCrystal Lake. In 2015 she presented Blood Below the Skin in Berlinale Shorts. In addition, her films have been shown in the framework of the Venice Biennale and the Whitney Biennial.
The Chilean filmmaker was awarded the Grand Prix by the International Jury as well as a Special Mention by the Youth Jury for his debut film Las plantas (Plants) at Generation 14plus in 2016. He served as editor-in-chief at CinemaChile, an agency for the promotion of Chilean film culture, and currently runs his own company, Niña Niño Films.
International Jury for Generation Kplus
In the Generation Kplus competition the three-member International Jury presents the Grand Prix for Best Film (7,500 euros) and the Special Prize for Best Short Film (2,500 euros). The jury is composed of the following members:
Aneta Ozorek from Poland is festival programmer, producer and film educator. She is currently active as a programmer at Kino w Trampkach (Cinema in Sneakers) for Children and Youth in Warsaw.
Yoon Ga-eun The Korean director won a Crystal Bear for her short film Sprout at Generation Kplus in 2014 and in 2016 she celebrated her feature film debut, once again at Generation Kplus, with Woorideul (The World of Us).
Fabian Gasmia is a German producer and a co-founder of DETAiLFILM. His numerous co-production credits include Nashorn im Gallop (Rhino Full Throttle, dir: Erik Schmitt, Generation 2013), Berlin Metanoia (dir: Erik Schmitt,Generation 2016) and the 2016 Silver Bear winner L’avenir (Things To Come, dir: Mia Hansen-Løve).
The Generation children’s and youth juries are made up of eleven young Berliners aged from twelve to 14 and 16 to 18 respectively. They select the recipients of the Crystal Bears for the best short and feature-length films in both competitions. The jury members were chosen from the over 1,000 applicants who completed questionnaires on Generation films at last year’s Berlinale. Both juries are ready to go and excited to see the films of this year’s Generation programme in the cinema and determine the prize winners together.
With the cross-section screenings, festival attendees under the age of 18 have the opportunity within the framework of Generation to see a selection of Berlinale films from other sections, works which are also devoted to the experiences and perspectives of young individuals. This year’s cross-section films are:
Dayveon by Amman Abbasi – USA, from Forum. This film tells the story of the title character, a 13-year-old boy who is struggling to come to terms with the violent death of his brother.
Karera ga Honki de Amu toki wa (Close-Knit) by Naoko Ogigami – Japan, from Panorama. A tale of friendship between eleven-year-old Tomo and the transgender woman Rinko, which examines social conventions and what family really means.
Festival Posters from the Past 40 Years
On the occasion of the 40th anniversary edition of Generation, the section venue Haus der Kulturen der Welt will be exhibiting a selection of Generation posters from the past four decades. The posters will be presented digitally on an array of video monitors, inviting guests to embark on a visual journey into the past, in which both the development of the section and its sense of purpose since its founding in 1978 can be clearly seen and traced.
Berlinale School Project
For the eleventh time and counting, Generation is co-operating once again this year with the network for film and media competence VISION KINO to organise the Berlinale School Project, with the aim of supporting the sustained inclusion of works of cinema in school lessons. Before attending the festival with their pupils, around 50 teachers will receive the opportunity to prepare lessons on films from the Generation programme under the guidance of specialists in film education and to integrate the films into their classes in consideration of various aspects of the works in question both before and after their trips to the Berlinale.
In the context of the school project, Generation is extending and expanding its commitment to “welcoming classes” this year, by enabling up to ten of them to participate at the Berlinale.