Wednesday 9/22/21

Berlin Film Festival to make acting prizes gender neutral next year

Despite the pandemic, the Berlinale is going to take place "as a physical event" in February 2021, the organizers said.
FILED - 20 February 2020, Berlin: Mariette Rissenbeek (L), Executive Director of the Berlin International Film Festival, and Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director of the Berlinale management, arrive at the opening ceremony of the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival. The Berlin Film Festival said on Monday that starting next year its performance awards will be gender neutral. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa.
Mariette Rissenbeek (L), Executive Director of the Berlin International Film Festival, and Carlo Chatrian, Artistic Director. Photo: Britta Pedersen/dpa.

The Berlin Film Festival said on Monday that starting next year its performance awards will be gender neutral.

Awards will be handed out for Best Leading Performance and Best Supporting Performance, doing away with the distinction between actors and actresses.

"We believe that not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry," said festival directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.

Physical event

Furthermore, despite the pandemic, the Berlinale is going to take place "as a physical event" in February 2021, the organizers also said.

The greatest possible care will be taken to ensure the safety of all guests, they added.

The Berlinale, which is to run in the capital from February 11 to 21, 2021, is one of the world's most important film festivals, alongside Cannes and Venice.

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