Silver bear

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The Silver Bear (formerly also the Silver Berlin Bear ) is a film prize created by the sculptor Renée Sintenis , which has been awarded by the Berlinale International Jury since 1956, alongside the main prize ( Golden Bear ) .

The jury awards Silver Bears among the nominated films in the official Berlinale competition in seven categories, one of which is the so-called Grand Jury Prize . The other categories are currently Best Director, Best Actress, Best Actor and another prize for outstanding artistic achievement. The International Short Film Jury will award the second best production in the short film competition with a Silver Bear.

In 2008, a prize was awarded for the best screenplay for the first time. In addition, the international short film jury awarded a Silver Bear as the jury prize to a film in the short film competition. At the same time, no separate award was given for the Best Film Music category, which has existed since 2002 .

As of 2021, the awards for the best actor and the best actress are to be discontinued, instead awards for the best acting in a leading role and the best acting in a supporting role are to be awarded. The Alfred Bauer Prize is to be replaced by the Jury Prize . The ProQuote Film association criticized the gender-neutral prizes as a fig leaf for innovation , saying that the Berlinale is far from gender equality . Much more films by men than by women were shown in the festival's competition.


Wang Quan'an with his winning Silver Bear for Tuan Yuan (Best Screenplay, 2010)

The price categories at a glance:

category awarded since
Grand Jury Prize 1957 (1951)
Best director 1956
Best Actress 1956
Best Actor 1956
Jury Prize - Short Film 1956
Outstanding artistic achievement 2008
Best script 2008

No longer awarded prizes:

Web links

Individual evidence

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  2. Berlinale now awards gender-neutral actor prizes. In: The press . August 25, 2020, accessed August 25, 2020 .
  3. Janick Nolting: Berlinale takes place in 2021 and changes the award ceremony. In: August 24, 2020, accessed August 25, 2020 .
  4. ^ Film Festival: Criticism of Berlinale for gender-neutral price. In: Small newspaper . August 25, 2020, accessed August 25, 2020 .
  5. Uwe Mantel: Changes at the Berlinale: Acting Association criticizes gender-neutral prices. In: . August 25, 2020, accessed August 25, 2020 .