The Teddy Award, the oldest and most prestigious queer film award of them all (especially one associated with an A Festival), wound up with a bang on Friday the 17th of Feb for the 26th time. It’s grown to be a big deal over the years, from humble beginnings as a prize awarded by the few queer film festival programmers and filmmakers who used to meet at Berlinale back in the day to a televised awards show and the massive event that it is today.
If your German’s any good you can read the full press release with Jury statements here, but if not, then the winners can be summed up as:
BEST FEATURE FILM: KEEP THE LIGHTS ON, Ira Sachs’ semi-autobiographical feature, which premiered at Sundance this year.
BEST DOCUMENTARY: CALL ME KUCHU, which premiered at Berlinale.
BEST SHORT FILM: LOXORO
SPECIAL JURY AWARD: JAURÈS