JIYAN wins the prize of the Ecumenical Jury at the 41st Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis

At the award ceremony of this year’s Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis, JIYAN (director/screenwriter: Süheyla Schwenk, cinematographer: Florian Wurzer, producer: Sara Fazilat, Roxana Richters) won the Ecumenical Jury Prize endowed with a €2500 award.

The reasons:

“This haunting, intimate chamber play is strengthened by the interplay of the camera and set design. The film explores the way in which prejudices within the family structure and degrading social realities are handled. It is precisely the filmmaker’s refusal to use an unnecessarily large dramatic arc and to favour a focus on the daily concerns and hardships within the private sphere that bring forth the protagonists’ humanity.

Cleverly written, the film details the life of a young Syrian/Kurdish family and their relatives in Germany.

At the end, the question asked is: What is a human life worth?”


Congratulations to the whole team!


Credit: ffmop / Oliver Dietze

DFFB Films at the 70th Berlin International Film Festival

This anniversary edition of the Berlinale will take place from 20.2.–1.3.2020, and the DFFB will be represented at the festival by two films:

The feature film A FISH SWIMMING UPSIDE DOWN (director/screenwriter: Eliza Petkova; cinematographer: Constanze Schmitt; producer: Konstantin Kann) will be screened in the 21st Perspektive Deutsches Kino, and the documentary film BLUE EYES AND COLORFUL MY DRESS from Polina Gumiela will be screened in the 43rd Generation.

Both films are graduation films and will be celebrating their world premieres at the Berlinale.

BLUE EYES AND COLORFUL MY DRESS is nominated twice: for the Crystal Bear for the Best Film and for the Grand Prix of the Generation Kplus International Jury for the Best Film.

A FISH SWIMMING UPSIDE DOWN is nominated for the Compass Perspective Award and the Heiner Carow Award from the DEFA foundation.

Morevoer, the first feature NAKED ANIMALS from our alumna Melanie Waelde will be screened in the newly created Encounters section. The feature film is produced by CZAR Film, and the screenplay was the writer and director’s DFFB graduation project.

We are keeping our fingers crossed for all films and are looking forward to an exciting festival!