Close of entries May 31, 2021
The Human Rights Film Award of the BUXUS FOUNDATION and the BERG INSTITUTE honours filmmakers who have made outstanding contributions to human rights, democracy and dialogue with their cinema, television and film productions.
The films tell stories of survival and resistance. Stories of people who have survived genocide, war and social injustice and who, in spite of this, do not allow themselves to feel victimized. Films that not only explore the fate of the survivors and their relatives in a documentary way, but also retell the story artistically and emotionally.
The expert jury of “Unlimited Hope” awards the Human Rights Film Award annually. The films compete in three categories. The awards are presented in Bochum on 10 December – the day on which the “Universal Declaration of Human Rights” was proclaimed by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948. All categories are endowed.
The award-winning films of our “Fritz Bauer & Raphael Lemkin Human Rights Film Award” explore and unite the stories of people struggling for human rights worldwide – their own and those of others. What makes them resist? Where do they find the strength to do so in situations where others, often everyone, fall silent and conform to injustice? What can we do ourselves? Our films tell the stories of the “struggle for human rights”. Only in this way do the voices of resistance remain alive and human rights are being strengthened.
THREE CATEGORIES – THREE PRIZES
The prize will be awarded in three different categories. In each category one prize winner will be honored. Films in English language or with English subtitles (or without dialogue) of all genres are admitted. In the following categories film productions can be submitted directly.
Whether long, short or non-professional film: in each of the three categories you have the chance to win a unique prize.
You can submit particularly detailed, elaborate film productions under the category “Long-Film”. However, short films or non-professional films can also win an award in the other two categories with the best film.
What do you have to do?
Submit your film about human rights or their violation today – and take part in the BUXUS STIFTUNG and BERG INSTITUTE film project “Unlimited Hope”!
We are once again very excited about your films.
THE EXPERT JURY
KARINA SAINZ BURGO, WRITER AND JOURNALIST, MADRID
GABRIELE CLAUDIA WENGLER, AUTHOR, REGISSEUR AND FOTOGRAFER, MÜNCHEN
FRANZ BIRKNER, FILMEMAKER, FOTOGRAFER, ARTIST, GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN
GABE IBÁÑEZ, FILMREGISSEUR AND PRODUCER, MADRID
PAMELA YATES, CO-FOUNDER AND CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF SKYLIGHT, BROOKLYN (NEW YORK CITY)
PACO DE ONIS, FILMREGISSEUR AND PRODUCER FROM LATIN AMERICA, BROOKLYN (NEW YORK CITY)
Jakob Gatzka, M.A.
Regisseur and Author
Director Film Award