Friday, February 18, 2011

25th Teddy Awards for LGBT/queer cinema - winners

As the 61st Berlin International Film Festival draws to a close, a number of juries gave out awards. The Teddy Awards presented their 25th edition of prizes for the best in LGBT cinema at a “jubilee gala” at Tempelhof airport.

The prize for Best Feature went to the Argentinian film Ausente (Absent) by Marco Berger about a student taking advantage of a teacher's position. The Documentary award went to Marie Losier's exploration of a pansexual couple The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye. Céline Sciamma's Tomboy which tells of ten-year-old girl passing herself off as a male won the Teddy Jury award.

Special Teddy Awards were given to the Sout-African entertainer and HIV/AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys for his commitment especially in the educational advertising about HIV/AIDS in South-African schools, and to New German Cinema director and screenwriter Werner Schroeter.

The Teddy jury at the Berlinale 2011 consisted of Marcus Hu (jury president), Beth Sá Freire, Jin Park, Kriengsak Silakong, Andrejs Visockis, Istvan Szebesi, Jason Barker, Mara Fortes and Sarah Neal.

Complete list of winners for the 25th Teddy Awards

Best Feature Film 

Ausente (Absent)
by Marco Berger

Teddy Jury Award 

by Céline Sciamma

Best Documentary Film 

The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye 
by Marie Losier
Best Short Film
by Barbara Hammer and Gina Carducci
Maya Deren's Sink 
by Barbara Hammer

Special Teddy Awards
South African drag performer and HIV/AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys and recently deceased New German Cinema director Werner Schroeter

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