Fritz Gerlich Prize

Since 2012, the Fritz Gerlich Prize has been awarded at FILMFEST MÜNCHEN to a current feature film or documentary that boldly addresses a topic that the media have reported on. The aim is to do justice to Fritz Gerlich’s efforts to put a stop to dictatorship and intolerance, to stand up for human dignity resolutely and unflinchingly, and thus to oppose all forms of totalitarian abuse of power, persecution, and repression. Recipients of this award include the internationally acclaimed film WADJDA (2013) and the courageous documentary CITY OF GHOSTS (2017).

The 10,000-euro prize, sponsored by TELLUX-Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH in Munich, is in memory of Munich publicist Fritz Gerlich, who was born on February 15, 1883 and murdered in the Dachau concentration camp on June 30, 1934. As a Catholic, he denounced the inhuman ideology of the National Socialists with exemplary courage from an early age and was one of the first members of the intellectual and religious resistance to be murdered at the Dachau concentration camp. He was the editor and publisher of a magazine called “Der gerade Weg”.

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2021

TOPSIDE

Directors: Celine Held & Logan George

2019

WHAT YOU GONNA DO WHEN THE WORLD'S ON FIRE?

STARS ABOVE US

Director: Roberto Minervini

Special mention (Director: Christina Ebelt)

2018

OF FATHERS AND SONS

Director: Talal Derki

2017

LAYLA M.

CITY OF GHOSTS

Director: Mijke de Jong

Director: Matthew Heineman

2016

FANNY'S JOURNEY

Director: Lola Doillon

2015

FAR FROM MEN

Director: David Oelhoffen

2014

A THOUSAND TIMES GOOD NIGHT

Director: Erik Poppe

2013

WADJDA

Director: Haifaa Al-Mansour

2012

REVISION

Director: Philip Scheffner