Awards & Winners

The German Cinema Award for Peace - The Bridge

Awarded by the Bernhard Wicki Memorial Fund since 2002 to film artists whose work builds bridges and inspires tolerance and humanitarianism. € 10,000 prize money.

The German Cinema Award for Peace - The Bridge 2018

For the 17th time, the Bernhard Wicki Gedächtnis Fonds e.V. will honor outstanding filmmakers within the context of FILMFEST MÜNCHEN. Films of artistic value with a humanist, socially relevant dimension will be honored — as an admonition but also as an opportunity to influence the young people of the world, to recognize and take on responsibility for the right to peace and a life of dignity in freedom. More than 40 symbolic bridge supports have been awarded since 2002. On the evening of July 5, 2018, four more outstanding films and filmmakers received this unique award in Munich's Cuvilliés-Theater.


Award winners:

L’ INSULTE
Director: Ziad Doueiri

Best Director National: Lars Kraume - DAS SCHWEIGENDE KLASSENZIMMER
Young Talent Prize: Katja Benrath - WATU WOTE - ALL OF US
Special Prize: Feras Fayyad - DIE LETZTEN MÄNNER VON ALEPPO

Ziad Doueiri, Lars Kraume, Katja Benrath, Feras Fayyad

 

Jury members:

  • Dr. Paula Ewert, formerly film spokesperson of the Bavarian State Chancellery
  • Philip Koch, film director
  • Marco Kreuzpaintner, film director
  • Gabriele Pfennigsdorf, deputy chair of FFF Bayern
  • Adrian Prechtel, film journalist, deputy editor of the culture section, Abendzeitung
  • Fritz Pressmar, movie-theater owner, Sendlinger Tor Kino
  • Bettina Reitz, president, HFF München - Marc Rothemund, film director
  • Claudia Ulrich, set designer, Ulrich Group
  • Elisabeth Wicki-Endriss, founder and board member of the Bernhard Wicki Gedächtnis Fonds e.V.

Previous Winners

 

2017

THE OTHER SIDE OF HOPE
Director: Aki Kaurismäki

Best Director National: Simon Verhoeven - WILLKOMMEN BEI DEN HARTMANNS
Best Actor: Julia Vysotskaya - PARADIES
Special Prize: Andrei Konchalovsky - PARADIES and lifetime achievement

2016

A WAR
Director: Tobias Lindholm

National Main Prize: Kai Wessel for NEBEL IM AUGUST
Best New Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven for MUSTANG
Best Actor: Burghart Klaußner for DER STAAT GEGEN FRITZ BAUER 
Special Prize: Gianfranco Rosi for FUOCOAMMARE

2015

TIMBUKTU
Director: Abderrahmane Sissako

National Main Prize: Oliver Hirschbiegel for ELSER - ER HÄTTE DIE WELT VERÄNDERT
Best New Director: Burhan Qurbani for WIR SIND JUNG, WIR SIND STARK
Special Prize: Klaus Härö for THE FENCER

2014

MANDELA
Director: Justin Chadwick

Best New Director National: Rick Ostermann for WOLFSKINDER
Best New Director International: Yann Demange for 71
Honorary Prize: Klaus-Maria Brandauer

2013

THE RELUCTANT FUNDAMENTALIST
Director: Mira Nair

Best New Director: Daniel Harrich for DER BLINDE FLECK
Honorary Prize: Haifaa Al Mansour for DAS MÄDCHEN WADJDA

2012

UND DANN DER REGEN
Director: Iciar Bollaín

Best New Director: Michaela Kezele for MY BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY
Honorary Prize: Michael Verhoeven

2011

IN A BETTER WORLD
Director: Susanne Bier

Best New Director: Yasemin Samdereli for ALMANYA - WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND and Maggie Peren for THE COLOR OF THE OCEAN
Honorary Prize: Maximilian Schell
Special Prize: Markus Vetter for CINEMA JENIN

2010

NA PUTU
Director: Jasmila Zbanic

Actors Award: Sibel Kekilli for DIE FREMDE

2009

STURM
Director: Hans-Christian Schmid

Actors Award: Ulrich Tukur for JOHN RABE

2008

DIE FRAU DES ANARCHISTEN
Director: Marie Noelle and Peter Sehr

2007

TRADE
Director: Marco Kreuzpaintner

2006

DAS LEBEN DER ANDEREN
Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck and Ulrich Mühe

2005

SOPHIE SCHOLL
Director: Mark Rothemund

2004

DER NEUNTE TAG
Director: Volker Schlöndorff

2003

BIRKENAU UND ROSENFELD
Director: Marceline Loridan-Ivens

Honorary Prize: Anouk Aimée

2002

HOW HARRY BECAME A TREE
Director: Goran Paskaljevic