Deutscher Filmpreis

The Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Awards, colloquially known as the Bundesfilmpreis, the prize statuettes as Lolas) is the highest German movie award. From 1951 to 2004 it was awarded by a commission
Government agency
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, since 2005 the award has been given by the Deutsche Filmakademie
Deutsche Filmakademie
The Deutsche Filmakademie eV was founded in 2003 in Berlin. It aims to provide native filmmakers a forum for discussion and a way to promote the reputation of German cinema through publications, presentations, discussions and regular promotion of the subject in the schools...

. With a cash prize of three million euro
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s - the most highly endowed German cultural award - it differs from the Oscar
Academy Awards
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 or the César
César Award
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The Deutsche Filmpreis is the most important element of the German government's policy of supporting the film industry. The Federal Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs has been responsible for the administration of the prize since 1999. The awards ceremony is traditionally held in Berlin
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Statue design

Since 1999 the award has been a statuette of a woman known as the Lola, a reference to Marlene Dietrich
Marlene Dietrich
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's role in Der blaue Engel
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and Rainer Werner Fassbinder
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's film Lola.

Mechthild Schmidt, Partner of HouseWorks digital media, New York about her 1999 design: ”I wanted to symbolize motion. Film IS movement. I wanted the statue to express confidence without being stern, strength without being static. It was important to me to give the “Deutschen Filmpreis” its own identity, not trying to borrow what other awards already successfully symbolize. While the Oscar is the strong, firm standing fighter and winner, I wanted the Filmprize statue to symbolize the dynamics of movement, the muse, the inspiration necessary to make a work of art, to become a winner. The movement is carried through to the asymmetrical conical base.
Stylistically, I was looking for a timeless modern design as well as a historical reference to the first golden era of German film, the Art Deco in the 1920s."

Borrowing from the American model, the awards have been made by an academy, the Deutsche Filmakademie, since 2005. The academy replaces a much-criticised jury
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 which was constituted according to the principle of political proportionality, and on which politician
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s and clergy
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men also sat.


In 2005 the Deutsche Filmpreis was awarded in the following categories.
  • Best Feature Film
    German Film Award for Best Feature Film
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  • Best Documentary Film
    German Film Award for Best Documentary Film
    The German Film Award for Best Documentary Film is the award given for best German feature documentary film at the annual Deutscher Filmpreis awards, the German national film awards. The category has been introduced in 2000.-List of winning films:...

  • Best Children's Film
  • Best Direction
  • Best Script
  • Best Actress
  • Best Actor
  • Best Supporting Actress
  • Best Supporting Actor
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Costume Design
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Score
  • Special Award for Outstanding Contributions to German Cinema
  • Viewers' Choice: Best German Film of the Year

Note: the article links are to the German language Wikipedia Project.

Changes from 2005

  • Until 2004 a single prize was awarded for the technical categories of cinematography
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    , film editing
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    , production design, art direction and musical score under the rubric "Outstanding Singular Achievement"
  • There was an award for Best Foreign Film
  • A second Viewers Choice Award was made for Actor or Actress of the Year.

See also

  • Bayerischer Filmpreis
    Bayerischer Filmpreis
    The Bavarian Film Awards have been awarded annually since 1979 by the State Government of Bavaria in Germany for “exceptional achievement in German filmmaking.” Along with the German Film Awards, these are the most highly regarded awards for filmmaking achievement in Germany.The Bavarian Film...

  • Berlin International Film Festival
    Berlin International Film Festival
    The Berlin International Film Festival , also called the Berlinale, is one of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media events. It is held in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978...

  • Bogey Awards
    Bogey Awards
    The Bogey Awards is a series of German film awards. The award is based on the number of people seeing a film within a given time frame. The prize is awarded by the industry's trade journal Blickpunkt: Film.*Titanium: Viewed by ten million people....

  • Cinema of Germany
    Cinema of Germany
    Cinema in Germany can be traced back to the late 19th century. German cinema has made major technical and artistic contributions to film.Unlike any other national cinemas, which developed in the context of relatively continuous and stable political systems, Germany witnesses major changes to its...

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