Deutscher Filmpreis

The German Film Prize ( colloquially known as the German Film Award ) is considered the most prestigious award for the German film. He is the centerpiece of the film promotion of the Federal Republic of Germany. With a total of nearly three million euros in prize money, is the highest honor awarded in German Culture Prize.

In the 63rd award ceremony on April 26, 2013 Jan- Ole Gerster's tragicomedy Oh Boy won Best Feature Film at the Film Award in Gold.

  • 5.1 The most successful films
  • 5.2 The most successful performer


The German Film Prize has been awarded since 1951 to 1998 by the Federal Ministry of the Interior since 1999 by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media.

The winners were determined by a commission until 2004, in which politicians and religious leaders were sitting. This has often been criticized for proportional - thinking. Following the U.S. model Oscar the - albeit without financial endowment by the state - is given by the members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, 2003, the German Film Academy was founded. It replaced the 2005 selection committee for judging.

The ceremony took place from 2006 in the Berlin Palace on radio tower instead. The date had been brought forward in the same year by two months to May. The reason the Film Academy stated that they wanted to let the event take place at the beginning of the theatrical year; so the winning films could exploit the marketing effect of imparting better. 2010, the traditional FriedrichstadtPalast was named as the new venue for the award ceremony.


Originally, the award was presented in a number of different forms, including the Golden Trophy Cup for the best feature film and film bands in gold and silver.

Since 1999, is awarded in the form of a stylized film tape coated female figure in the Art Deco style as a trophy, a statuette. Inspired by Marlene Dietrich role of Lola in The Blue Angel and the eponymous film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder and to Tom Tykwer's Run Lola Run success carries this name Lola.

The statue was developed in 1999 by Stephan Reichenberger along with the New York designer Mechthild Schmidt, the design for the Preismaquette comes from the sculptor Roman Strobl. Reichenberger: " a specific order, to replace the previously conferred film strip as part of the Film Awards Gala relaunches, there was not. Mechthild Schmidt and I presented our idea for the Lola - statuette on its own initiative, the then Minister of Culture Michael Naumann, which she liked - and a new movie star was born " Schmidt about her design :" The medium of film accordingly, I wanted to symbolize movement. I wanted to give the Statue of self-confidence, without being strictly to be without strength static. It was important for me to give the German Film Award in his own identity, not to lean to what already successfully symbolize different prices: During the ' Oscar ' firm and symmetrical standing the fighters and winners features I wanted with the film price dynamics movement, the muse, the inspiration that leads to the work of art embody. "

In the category of Best Feature Film, the Lola is awarded in gold, silver and bronze (until 2007 in gold and two silver), in all other categories exclusively in gold.

Selection process

Currently, around 1,400 members of the German Film Academy choose from a list of suggestions first nominations in the various categories. In a second ballot is then voted on the winners. The election is by secret ballot. It is under the supervision of the Berlin notary Hellmut Sieglerschmidt who knows the only the winner of the Lola in advance.

Only proposals submitted films that have already been started at the time of nomination in the German cinemas.


News Categories

The prize is awarded in the following categories:


With 2.955 million euros the German Film Award is the highest honor awarded in German Culture Award. In the film categories, nominations are doped. With a win the nomination bonus will be credited the price of money, ie the best full-length feature film ( Lola in gold) receives, in addition to the nomination bonus of 250,000 euros, the same amount for the win.

Previous Categories

From 1999-2005 the Audience Award has been awarded film of the year. Prize winners were: Run Lola Run (1999), Anatomy (2000), The Experiment (2001), Dance of the Vampires (2002), Good Bye, Lenin! (2003), The Miracle of Bern (2004) and Sophie Scholl - The Final Days ( 2005). The category was introduced in 2013 under the name " Audience Award " again; the audience decides who gets the prize of the twelve most visited cinema films of the previous year.

By 2004, the technical categories cinematography, editing, set design, costume design and film music were combined and were recognized as " Outstanding Individual Performance". The " Outstanding Individual Performance " in the script could be awarded up to that point to both a unverfilmtes like a verfilmtes script. Also by 2004 there was a prize for the best foreign film and a second audience award, " ( in ) the year actor " paid tribute to / the best.

The film prize was awarded earlier than Film Award and film tape in silver in different categories, for among other things

  • Best full-length feature film,
  • Best feature-length / short documentary,
  • Best Short Film,
  • Best representational services,
  • Best young actor,
  • Best Young Actress

A special award for a film was the golden bowl.

In the early years there was also time- typical categories such as

  • Especially valuable cultural film,
  • Best film problem,
  • Film, which helps to promote democratic thought,

Were awarded for the prices as head with wings, golden box, vase with golden branch.

Another category was the Film Award for many years of excellent work in the German film, which was first awarded in 1962.


The most successful films

The two movies with the most awards ( ten ) are at night, when the devil came (1958) and the German - Austrian co-production The White Ribbon - A German Children's Story (2010 ), followed by Rossini - or the murderous question of who with whom slept (1997), Good Bye, Lenin! (2003) and The Lives of Others (2006), each with seven honors without public prices. If you add this to come Goodbye Lenin! 9 prices and Run Lola Run (1999) on 8 prices.

The most successful performer

The actresses with the most frequent performer - honors are Irm Hermann (1970 as part of an acting ensemble, 1972, 1983), Katja Riemann ( 1996, 1998, 2005) and Hanna Schygulla (1970 and 1975 as part of an acting ensemble and 1971). When the actors Götz George with four awards successful ( Best Actor, 1985, 1992, 1996 and best young actor, 1960). Since the introduction of the Nomination mode 1995 Hannelore Elsner, Josef Bichler Beer, Ulrich Noethen and Meret Becker, the actor with the most nominations ( four ). Three times been unsuccessful in the final selection, Nadja Uhl holds the record with the most nominations among the actors without a win. Overall, the director Christian Petzold is the most commonly cited figure ( six nominations ) that Lola has never received.