Ecumenical Jury Prize

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The Ecumenical Jury Prize honors outstanding films at film festivals that address important social and interreligious issues. There are ecumenical juries at over 30 festivals, they are made up of parity denominational .


An ecumenical jury was first set up in 1973 at the Locarno International Film Festival at the suggestion of festival director Moritz de Hadeln , who wanted to involve the Christian churches more closely in the film festival. The second jury in Cannes in 1974 followed. Ecumenical cooperation , intended as an experiment , soon became an integral part of the film work of both churches.

“The church juries develop, sometimes earlier than others, a feeling for film tendencies that are marginal and deserve to be given more focus. You will discover filmmaking from other continents. You stand up for social and societal criticism in film [...] "

- Julia Helmke.

In the 1980s, spirituality and the interreligious issues of films moved into the focus of the juries, and the juries became increasingly involved in Eastern Europe. An ecumenical jury with the participation of the Orthodox Church has been working at the Moscow International Film Festival since 1989 . At the Locarno Film Festival in 2012, the celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the “Ecumenical Juries” formed a focus of the supporting program.

There are ecumenical juries. a. at the Berlinale , the international festivals in Cannes , Karlovy Vary , Locarno and Mannheim-Heidelberg , the “Golden Apricot” film festival in Yerevan , the World Film Festival Montréal or the Nordic Film Days Lübeck .

The work of the juries

The juries award the prizes (and possibly honorable mentions) to “filmmakers who express human behavior or testimony in their films that is in harmony with the gospel, or who in their films make it to viewers for spiritual, human and to raise awareness of social values ​​”. The members of the juries and the institutions delegating them try to make the award-winning films known in their countries and to promote their exploitation.

The ecumenical juries are appointed for the Catholic Church by the media association Signis (previously Organization catholique internationale pour le cinéma et l'audiovisuel , OCIC) and for the Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches by the film organization Interfilm.


Julia Helmke: Church, film and festivals: history and evaluation criteria of Protestant and ecumenical jury work in the years 1948 to 1988 , CPV, Erlangen 2005, ISBN 3-933992-11-7

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. a b c Herbert Spaich: 40 years of the Ecumenical Jury ( Memento from September 24, 2015 in the Internet Archive ), SWR -Kino-Blog Filmspaicher , August 10, 2012
  2. Louisiane Arnera: 40 Years of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes , Interfilm , May 15, 2014
  3. a b Julia Helmke: 50 years of INTERFILM ( Memento from December 12, 2013 in the Internet Archive ), a joint effort by Protestant journalism
  4. ^ Hans Werner Dannowski : INTERFILM. Evangelical film work from an ecumenical and international perspective , in: Martin Ammon, Eckart Gottwald: Kino und Kirche im Dialog , Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, Göttingen 1996, ISBN 3525603924 , p. 201
  5. 40 years of the Ecumenical Jury! , , August 1, 2012
  6. ^ Prizes of the Ecumenical Jury , 64th Berlin International Film Festival 2014
  7. 40 years of the Ecumenical Jury in Cannes ( Memento from March 24, 2016 in the Internet Archive ), joint work of Evangelical Journalism , May 15, 2014