Section Feature Film Competition

Eight entries compete for the Gershon Klein Feature Film Award. Named after the Berlin cinema pioneer.

Feature films that deal with Jewish life and culture in the past, present and future. In which Jewish characters and themes essentially carry the plot and which originate from Jewish filmmakers. Preference will be given to German premieres. The films submitted should not have had a theatrical release, television broadcast or streaming premiere in Germany before the JFBB. The production year of the films should not be older than 2021.

The prize will be awarded to the director by an international festival jury and comes with prize money of 3000 EUR.

Section Documentary Film Competition

Ten entries compete for the Gershon Klein Feature Film Award. Named after the Berlin cinema pioneer.

Documentaries that deal with Jewish life and culture in the past, present and future. In which Jewish characters and themes essentially carry the plot and which originate from Jewish filmmakers. The German premiere of the submitted films is required.

The prize is awarded to the director by an international festival jury and comes with prize money of 3000 EUR.

Section Hommage: Jeanine Meerapfel

This year, a tribute will be dedicated to the director, author and president of the Berlin Academy of Arts, Jeanine Meerapfel. The homage clearly goes beyond a mere show of works, as the films impress with their timeless personal reflection of the condition humaine. In double features, some of her films are combined with a thematically appropriate, current film by a young filmmaker.