BERLIN (AP) — The organizers of the Berlin Worldwide Movie Pageant say they’ll cease awarding separate performing prizes to men and women starting subsequent 12 months.
Berlinale organizers mentioned Monday the efficiency awards will likely be outlined in a gender-neutral approach at subsequent 12 months’s competition, for which a bodily occasion is deliberate.
The competition awards a Golden Bear for the most effective movie and a sequence of Silver Bears, which till this 12 months included finest actor and finest actress honors. Organizers mentioned these prizes will likely be changed with a Silver Bear for Finest Main Efficiency and a Silver Bear for Finest Supporting Efficiency.
In an announcement, the co-heads of the competition, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, mentioned “not separating the awards within the performing discipline in response to gender contains a sign for a extra gender-sensitive consciousness within the movie business.”
On the identical time, the Alfred Bauer Prize, which is called after the competition’s founding director, will likely be completely retired. The prize was suspended this 12 months attributable to revelations about Bauer’s position within the Nazis’ moviemaking paperwork.
Commenting on the choice to carry a bodily occasion subsequent 12 months, regardless of uncertainties because of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2 administrators confused the necessity for a “energetic relationship with the viewers.”
“In occasions of the coronavirus pandemic, it has turn out to be even clearer that we nonetheless require analogue expertise areas within the cultural realm,” they mentioned, noting that different festivals have additionally resumed holding bodily moderately than digital occasions.
The 2021 competition is scheduled for Feb. 11-21. This 12 months’s competition was one of many final main occasions that passed off earlier than the coronavirus pandemic largely shut down public life in Germany.
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