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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

TEDDY AWARD, the world's most renowned queer film award celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011

The TEDDY is an award of political and social commitment. It supports filmmakers and films that are engaged in queer issues on a broad social scale, thereby contributing to further tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society. The TEDDY AWARD is culturally significant, but it also bears political meaning and responsibility.

More than 30 years after the Stonewall Riots, we mustn't forget that homosexuality is still
considered as a crime and is indeed punished by death in some parts of the world. Even in cities like Berlin, queers encounter homophobia on a daily basis.

The TEDDY AWARD is part of the Berlin International Film Festival, awarded in the categories of best feature film, best documentary/essay film and best short film. Every year a unique person is selected to be honoured with the Special-TEDDY AWARD for outstanding artistic lifetime achievements. Films from all sections of the Berlin International Film Festival - most of them are world or international premieres - compete for the TEDDY AWARD every year. The list of former TEDDY AWARD winners includes internationally acclaimed directors such as Pedro Almódovar, Gus van Sant, Derek Jarman and Werner Schroeter and international film stars like Helmut Berger, Joe Dallesandro, John Hurt and Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton.

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