• The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award goes to TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa. This international co-production was awarded as well by the Panorma Audience. All Berlinale visitors can use the voting cards to choose the winners of the Audience Award in the Panorama section. The Panorama Audience Award was inaugurated in 1999 and is presented by radioeins radio station, rbb television and the Panorama section.
  • Both german documentaries in the section of 69 Berlinale SHORT are awarded with a Bear. Silver Bear for BLUE BOY by Manuel Abramovich and Golden Bear for UMBRA by Johannes Krell, Florian Fischer.
  • Thomas Heise is awarded with the Caligari Film Prize for HEIMAT IS A SPACE IN TIME | HEIMAT IST EIN RAUM AUS ZEIT.  The prize is sponsored by the "German Federal Association of Communal Film Work" and
  • The Heiner Carow Prize for the promotion of German cinematic arts to a documentary, feature or essay film in the Panorama section, sponsored by the DEFA Foundation goes to BEAUTY & DECAY – SVEN MARQUARDT | SCHÖNHEIT & VERGÄNGLICHKEIT by Annekatrin Hendel. The prize honours films that address the social and political issues of today and in history with extraordinary aesthetic means. 
  • The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the best film in the programme goes to Maryam Zaree for her film BORN IN EVIN. "In Born in Evin, Maryam Zaree takes us along on a search for her own past, in a gruesome chapter of Iranian history. Resolute and sincere, brave and moving, the filmmaker relentlessly hunts for answers to unasked questions, in the process drawing us ever-deeper into her story and to a collective blind spot. She takes a stand, undaunted, and assumes responsibility for breaking the silence for an entire generation." Jury statement, February 15, 2019 By the way, the project was participent of the 12th International DOK Leipzig Co-Pro Market in autum 2016. Produced by Tondowski Films.


Let's get face to face at the Gropius Bau,
booth 17,  European Film Market,
t. +49 30 220088416
February 7—15, 2019

or join us at the events

Deutschland—Doku-Land with FRITZ WOLF, hosted bei AG DOK
Feb. 7, 2—4 p.m. at the Landesvertretung des Freistaats Thüringen Mohrenstraße 64, 10117 Berlin (U2/Mohrenstraße)


AG DOK Berlinale Party Feb. 7, 7 p.m. at BABYLONcinema,
Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 30, Berlin Mitte


The Berlin International Film Festival is very committed to documentaries and diverse documentary forms, as evident from the programmes of the different sections, initiatives and special series, as well as the European Film Market (EFM). In recent years, the number of long and short documentaries screening at the festival has continually increased. In 2018, the Berlinale has published a brochure titled 'Focus on Docs' for the very first time. It gives an overview of the many documentary film activities at the festival, and sparks interest in the films and events at the upcoming Berlinale.

This year, for the third time, the Berlin International Film Festival will present the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award, which was established in 2017 thanks to the support of watch manufacturer Glashütte Original from Saxony. The Glashütte Original – Documentary Award is endowed with € 50,000, funded by Glashütte Original. The prize money will be split between the film’s director and producer. A total of 17 documentary entries from the current programmes of the Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections and the special series Culinary Cinema are nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award.
The prize will be presented during the official Award Ceremony in the Berlinale Palast on February 16. In addition to the prize money, Glashütte Original will also provide the trophy, which will be finely crafted in the company’s manufactory in Saxony. Maria Bonsanti, Gregory Nava and Maria Ramos are the jury picking the winner. More information here.


LineUp german documentaries at the 69th BERLINALE


Berlinale Shorts



Berlinale Special



Perspektive Deutsches Kino is coming of age. For the past 18 years, the Berlinale has dedicated itself with this section to supporting promising German filmmakers and talents who are self-confidently searching for their own form of artistic expression.



Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, two competition programmes screening state-of-the-art international cinema. For young audiences and for everyone else. Epic narratives and fleeting moments, flights of fantasy and bitter realities. Coming-of-age stories: awesome, wild and angry, heartfelt and headstrong.




2019 marks the 40th edition of the PANORAMA section of the Berlinale. Since its initiation in 1980 under the title Info-Schau, the section has presented films intended to inspire and provoke, and to challenge the audience’s viewing and thinking habits. The film selection is simultaneously an offering and a call to look at cinema differently. On the occasion of the section’s 40th anniversary, Panorama presents a special programme from its 40-year history within two 'german documentaries'.

  • In 1992, film pioneer Monika Treut completed what was likely the first portrait of a transgender man in the history of cinema. MAX is the story of a journey to another sex, of experiences with the male sex hormone testosterone, and of hostility within one’s own community.
  • One rare testimonial of the German ACT UP movement is Jochen Hick’s short film WILLKOMMEN IM DOM | WELCOME TO THE DOME: A spectacular protest against HIV and AIDS discrimination by the Catholic Church during the German Bishops’ Conference in Fulda in 1991.


  • BEAUTY & DECAY – SVEN MARQUARDT | SCHÖNHEIT & VERGÄNGLICHKEIT by Annekatrin Hendel. Winner of the Heiner Carow Prize.
  • THE BREATH | DER ATEM by Uli M Schueppel, P: Schueppel Films
  • SEARCHING EVA by Pia Hellenthal, P: CORSO Film-&Fernehprod., nominated for Glashütte Original Award.
  • TALKING ABOUT TREES by Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa, P: Made in Germany Filmprod. Germany, Agat Films, France & Goï Goï Productions. Winner of the Panorama Audience Award as well as of the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award



 49th FORUM  Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art is putting on the Forum as part of the Berlinale for the 49th time. The Forum 2019 main programme doesn’t consider itself some sort of ‘best of’ list, but rather gathers together a selection of films that try things out, take a stance and refuse to compromise. Some look back at the history of the 20th century, while others focus on what’s to come, even as they remain anchored in the here and now. Numerous films take the written word as their starting point, drawing on or making explicit reference to literature or working with letters, poems and other writings.


LOLA@Berlinale 2019shortlisted for German Film Award 2019, section documentary are:

    Production: Johannes Kaltenhauser, Patrick Lange | Südkino Filmproduktion GmbH
  • outside | draußen by Johanna Sunder-Plassmann, Tama Tobias-Macht
    Production: Titus Kreyenberg | unafilm
  • PARENTS’ SCHOOL | ELTERNSCHULE by Ralf Bücheler, Jörg Adolph
    Production: Ingo Fliess | if... Productions
  • HE SHE I | ER SIE ICH by Carlotta Kittel
    Production: Carlotta Kittel, Isabell Wackers | Kittel & Wackers GbR, Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
  • FLY ROCKET FLY by Oliver Schwehm
    Production: Markus Hilß | Lunabeach TV und Media GmbH, novak film
  • Hi, A.I. | WIR SIND DIE ROBOTER (AT) by Isa Willinger, Production: Stefan Kloos | Kloos & Co. Medien GmbH; shortlisted for the German Film Award LOLA@Berlinale
  • LITTLE GERMANS | KLEINE GERMANEN by Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger
    Production: Mohammad Farokhmanesh, Frank Geiger, Ali Samadi Ahadi, Armin Hofmann | brave new work GmbH, Little Dream Entertainment, Golden Girls Filmproduction & Filmservices GmbH
  • OF FATHERS AND SONS by Talal Derki
    Production: Tobias N. Siebert, Ansgar Frerich, Eva Kemme, Hans Robert Eisenhauer | Basis Berlin Filmprod. GmbH
  • PARTISAN by Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert, Adama Ulrich
    Production: Susann Schimk | solo:film GmbH
  • SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO by Philipp Jedicke
    Production: Stephan Holl, Antoinette Köster | Rapid Eye Movies, Gentle Threat
  • TALKING MONEY by Sebastian Winkels
    Production: Susann Schimk | solo:film GmbH, Catpics AG, Zazarfilm Ltd.
    Production: Veronika Kaserer, Jan Zabeil
    Production: Henning Kamm | Detailfilm GmbH, Tohuwabohu GmbH




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