Awards & Winners

CineVision Award

Sponsored by German film and TV rights society Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten (GWFF), the CineVision Award carries a purse of €12,000 and honors the producer of an international newcomer film. The award has been presented at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN since 2007, since 2012 it has its own section. An independent three-member jury elects the winner.

CineVision Award 2016

 

Winner 2016

DIVINES
Director: Houda Benyamina

 


F.l.: jury members Amir Hamz and Sibylle Canonica, Elena Diesbach, producer Marc Benoit Creancier, Dr. Gertie Müller-Ernstberger (GWFF) and jury member Max Wagner

 

Jury Statement:
When Dunya gets into her imaginary Ferrari with her girlfriend Maimouna and seems to float through a concrete wasteland, it soon becomes clear that she has set her sights high. In DIVINES, first-time director Uda Benyamina portrays a world in which the first imperative is to get rich regardless of the consequences. The main character, Dunya – forcefully embodied by Oulaya Amamra – represents the hopeless situation of youth in the French banlieues. To escape, crime seems to be the only way out. Uda Benyamina tells the rise-and-fall story of 16-year-old Dunya with energetic images and an unrestrained force. In a male-dominated world, the story unfolds from the perspective of young girls against a very up-to-date backdrop of world in disarray. Everything seems to be hopeless and vibrant at the same time, which is especially the case for the characters. Every scene reflects the two main themes of the film: the sober indifference of a bleak environment and the vigor of the people who wish to assert themselves in these surroundings. Shot in intense images and aided by smartphone footage and contrasting Baroque music, with DIVINES the director succeeds in presenting a gem in the form of a great cinematic piece.

 

Special Mention 2016

BELLA E PERDUTA
Director: Pietro Marcello

 

Jury 2016

MAX WAGNER

Born in Munich in 1969, studied law in Munich and Paris, then singing in Dresden and Mainz. Worked as attorney and singer in Munich. Managing director of Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra 2005 to 2011, then managing director of the Gärtnerplatz in Munich. Wagner became Assistant Director of the Gasteig cultural center in March 2016, which he will take over as General Director March 2017.

 

SIBYLLE CANONICA

Born in Bern, Switzerland, in 1957. Studied Drama at the Folkwang Academy in Essen. She joined the ensemble of the Staatstheater Oldenburg, then joined the Munich Kammerspiele in 1985 and the Bavarian Staatsschauspiel 2001. She is a regular cast member of the Vienna and Salzburg drama festivals, and has acted on screen in films like Osacar nominee BEYOND SILENCE and BELLA MARTHA.

 

AMIR HAMZ

Born in Frankfurt am Main in 1979. Amir Hamz studied documentary directing, journalism and political science. He began directing and producing documentaries and music videos in 2004, including his graduating film SOUNDS OF SILENCE (2006), a theatrical doc about the underground music scene in Tehran. Since 2011, Hamz has focused on producing in Europe and Iran, and founded the "SCHOLARtreat" grant program for writers. He has produced theatrical films like DER NACHTMAHR, PARADISE and THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON.

 

 

Previous Winners

2015

SLEEPING GIANT
Director: Andrew Cividino

2014

LE MERAVIGLIE - DIE WUNDER
Director: Alice Rohrwacher

2013

MY DOG KILLER
Director: Mira Fornay

HALLEY
Director: Sebastián Hofmann

2012

ABRIR PUERTAS Y VENTANAS
Director: Milagros Mumenthaler

Honorary Mention:
Z DALEKA WIDOK JEST PIEKNY

Director: Anka & Wilhelm Sasnal

2011

TYRANNOSAUR
Director: Paddy Considine

2010

THE FOUR TIMES (LE QUATTRO VOLTE)
Director: Michelangelo Frammartino

2009

EVERYTHING STRANGE AND NEW
Director: Frazer Bradshaw

2008

EVERYBODY DIES BUT ME
Director: Valeria Gaia Germanica

2007

THE BAND`S VISIT
Director: Eran Kolirin