With this award, the DEFA Foundation honors filmmaker Heiner Carow (1929-1997), who directed many important films at the DEFA Studios in Babelsberg, including THEY CALLED HIM AMIGO (1959), THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING (1968), THE LEGEND OF PAUL AND PAULA (1973), ICARUS (1976), UNTIL DEATH DO US PART (1979), and COMING OUT (1989), for which he received the Silver Bear for Best Film and the Teddy Award at the 1990 Berlinale.
The Heiner Carow Prize is one of several Berlinale prizes that are awarded by independent juries on behalf of organizations and institutions that are independent of the festival.
- 2020: GARAGE PEOPLE (GARAGENVOLK) by Natalija Yefimkina
- 2019: BEAUTY AND DECAY (SCHÖNHEIT & VERGÄNGLICHKEIT) by Annekatrin Hendel
- 2018: STYX by Wolfgang Fischer
- 2017: FIVE STARS (FÜNF STERNE) by Annekatrin Hendel
- 2016: GREETINGS FROM FUKUSHIMA (GRÜSSE AUS FUKUSHIMA) by Doris Dörrie
- 2015: B-MOVIE: LUST & SOUND IN WEST BERLIN by Jörg A. Hoppe, Klaus Maeck and Heiko Lange
- 2014: MY MOTHER, A WAR AND ME (MEINE MUTTER, EIN KRIEG UND ICH) by Johann Feindt and Tamara Trampe
- 2013: NAKED OPERA by Angela Christlieb