Teddy Awards in Berlin

teddyaward_weissYvonne Behrens of Portland Queer Film Festival joins us to talk about the Teddy Awards. The Teddy Award is an international film award for films with LGBT topics, presented by an independent jury as an official award of the Berlin International Film Festival (the Berlinale). Here, an “independent jury” implies that its members are not officially selected by the committee of the Berlinale. In the most part, the jury consists of organisers of gay and lesbian film festivals, who view films screened in all sections of the Berlinale. Subsequently, a list of films meeting criteria for LGBT content is selected by the jury, and a 3,000-Euro Teddy is awarded to a feature film, a short film and a documentary. The award was first given in 1987. (Best short film: Five Ways to Kill Yourself and My New Friend – Gus Van Sant)

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