The Berlinale has added a new award for documentary features, following the Golden Bear win by Gianfranco Rosi’s Fuocoammare (Fire at Sea) (pictured, top) at this year’s Berlinale in February.
Award sponsors Glashütte have put up a €50,000 prize (cNZ$75,000), making the opportunity a significant one. The festival has announced that around 18 documentaries from the Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Berlinale Special, Culinary Cinema and Perspektive Deutsches Kino will be nominated for consideration. The Berlinale’s 2016 edition presented 77 documentaries across festival and market events.
As well as supporting the doco prize, watch manufacturer Glashütte will become a Principal Partner of the Berlinale from 2017.