The prizes have been awarded since 2001. This page archives the acceptance speeches. They contain living German film history with touching personal anecdotes. For example: Andreas Dresen talks about Wolfgang Kohlhaase; Rainer Rother pays tribute to the life and work of Romuald Karmarkas; or Lars Eidinger effused about working with Maren Ade.
Award winners in recent years were (among others) Fatih Akin, Christian Petzold, Jutta Hoffmann, Armin Mueller-Stahl and several others.
What is awarded?
- Lifetime Achievement Award in Film: 10,000 Euro
- Award for Outstanding Achievements in German Cinema: 10,000 Euro
- Funding Award for New Talents in Cinema: 5,000 Euro
- Three Program Awards: 5,000 Euro each
Proposals for individual awards can be submitted to the DEFA Foundation by members of the foundation council and selected cinematic art and cultural institutions.
A jury will be formed that will decide on the award recipients. In recent years, awards have been given at an event in November.
DEFA Foundation Awards