If you still aren`t quite sure what the Teddy Award is, let me quickly explain. Films with a gay, lesbian or transgender content that are screened at the Berlinale Film festival are also entered for an award all of their own - The Teddy Award. This year it was held at the Tempodrom. The Gala - hosted by Maren Kroymann und Thomas Hermanns - was certainly the most glamorous award ceremony in the history of the Teddy Award so far, with performances by Gayle Tufts, The Swing dance Orchestra, Lutz and Moritz, The Croonettes, Ochy Curiel and a special guest appearance by Gitte Haenning.
At this year`s 18th Teddy Awards, 2.069 minutes of film with a gay, lesbian or transgender content were judged by nine members of an international jury who are either gay and lesbian film makers or organizers of queer film festivals. The jury were: Ido Abram (Netherlands), Suzy Capo (Brazil), Zvonimir Dobrovic (Croatia), Lan Hirche (Germany), Matthew Fox (United Kingdom), Dario LÃ³pez (Spain) Â· Natasha Mendonca (India) Â· Philippe Reilhac (France) Â· Kirsten Schaffer (USA).
The winning film in each category - Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film and Best Short Film - receives a Teddy Award and a cash award of 3,000 Euro. This year the three cash awards were donated by sponsors of the Berlin gay and lesbian community, elledorado e.V. and Haarwerkstatt Berlin.
And may I have the envelope please?
The Teddy for the Best Feature Film goes to:
by SÃ©bastien Lifshitz, France
Best Short Film 2004:
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by Maria TrÃ©nor, Spain
The Teddy for Best Documentary Film 2004, goes to:
The Nomi Song
by Andrew Horn, Germany
The Special Teddy 2004 awarded by the Teddy Foundation goes to:
The Teddy Foundation wishes to recognise the outstanding work of this film distribution company and its founder.
And of course, last but not least, SiegessÃ¤ule - Berlin`s queer magazine - awards the Reader`s Prize with a cash award of 1,000 Euro. This jury comprises seven readers which view films from all sections of the festival dealing with queer topics.
Members of the jury:
Zora HesovÃ¡, DÃ¶rte HeÃŸler, Alexander Katt, Michael Koch, Monique van Miert, Adam Miszta, Armin Stein
This year`s SiegessÃ¤ule Reader`s Jury awards its prize to:
by Angela Robinson, USA
Read our interviews with Ochy Curiel, Maria TrÃ©nor and Angela Robinson.
For more on the history of the Teddy Award, in German and English, go to: