Each year, the DEFA Foundation awards highly distinct prizes at various events, fulfilling its statutory mission to promote German film culture. The work of up-and-coming talents is honored at various film festivals, the Heiner Carow Prize is awarded at the Berlinale, and the Foundation’s own award ceremony honors outstanding achievements and individuals who have rendered outstanding service to the DEFA film heritage.
From the Cinema Programme Award to the Lifetime Achievement Award
In order to promote German film art and film culture, the DEFA Foundation offers annual prizes amounting to 40,000 Euro. They are awarded at a celebratory event in the fall.
Since 2013, the Heiner Carow Prize has been awarded during the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival. The award goes to a German feature, documentary or essay film in the Panorama category. The prize is 5,000 Euro.