Announcing the 2021 Berlin Film Festival Winners

Woman in dress standing.
Still from "Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn."

The 71st Berlinale Film Festival just announced its 2021 winners. The event, which has been around since the Cold War, has developed a brand new online format for its public and global audiences to tune into since COVID-19 has forced industry coordinators to reimagine their usual event presentation. The decision to split the festival into a 5-day long online portion in March, and a public cinema event in June, was made in an effort to protect the health of all attending guests and nominees.

The festival’s Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek had this to say about the demand, “With the summer event, we want to celebrate a festival for the cinema and offer the Berlinale audience the long-awaited community experience of cinema and culture.” We all miss going to the movies and participating in the festivals, and ceremonies like the Berlinale are possibly one of the most anticipated of the year. That’s why our coverage of its continuing selections will resume in the summer.

Full List of Awards for Berlinale’s March Event:

Golden Bear for Best Film – Radu Jude’s Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn
Silver Bear for Jury Prize – Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s Wheel of Fortune
Silver Bear for Best Director – Dénes Nagy for Natural Light
Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance* – Maren Eggert in I’m Your Man (dir: Maria Schrader)
Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance – Lilla Kizlinger in Forest – I See You Everywhere (dir: Bence Filegauf)
Silver Bear for Best Screenplay – Hong Sangsoo for Introduction (dir: Hong Sangsoo)
Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution in Editing – Yibran Asuad for A Cop Movie (dir: Alonso Ruizpalacios)

*and the first-ever gender-neutral acting prize.

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Lou Balikos is an editor and writer for The Independent. In addition to finishing up their graduate studies at Emerson College, they find meaning in working with their local community and advocating for equitable futures in publishing.