Jury und Florian Baron

DEFA Foundation Awards at Festivals

The DEFA Foundation annually grants awards in the amount of 15,000 Euro at German film festivals in Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig and Schwerin.

The awards honor the work of young German filmmakers, directors, or screenwriters, who make with their films an innovative contribution to the discussion on current affairs. The awarded films are often debut films. The award is meant as encouragement for the artists and their continuous progress in their careers. The DEFA Foundation sees these awards as a contribution to the artistic advancement in German film.



Currently, the DEFA Foundation gives out prizes at four established German film festivals in Chemnitz, Dresden, Leipzig and Schwerin. Independent juries select the winners.

  • Filmfest Dresden – International Short Film Festival (3,000 Euro)
  • FILMKUNSTFEST MV in Schwerin (4,000 Euro)
  • International Film Festival for Children and Young Audiences in Chemnitz (4,000 Euro)
  • DOK Leipzig – International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (4,000 Euro)

Award Winners

Awards at Film Festivals

For more information about the Awards at Filmfestivals, please visit the German-language website of the DEFA Foundation.

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