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As of 2020, the Berlinale Documentary Award, endowed with 40,000 Euros in prize money, will be sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). In total, 16 documentary forms from the sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award. The following Forum films are nominated:

À PAS AVEUGLES (From Where They Stood)
France / Germany
by Christophe Cognet

A RIVER RUNS, TURNS, ERASES, REPLACES
USA
by Shengze Zhu

THE FIRST 54 YEARS – AN ABBREVIATED MANUAL FOR MILITARY OCCUPATION
France / Finland / Israel / Germany
by Avi Mograbi

GARDERIE NOCTURNE (Night Nursery)
Burkina Faso / France / Germany
by Moumouni Sanou

The award will be presented during the official Award Ceremony at the Freiluftkino Museumsinsel on June 13, 2021 at 9.00 pm. This year's jury comprises Argentinian director, producer scriptwriter Albertina Carri, Syrian producer and head of IDFA Orwa Nyrabia and German-American director and singer Janna Ji Wonders.

In total, 13 directorial feature film debuts from the sections Competition, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the GWFF Best First Feature Award. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrechten), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights.

From the Forum, the following film is nominated:

STE. ANNE
Canada
by Rhayne Vermette
with Isabelle d’Eschambault, Jack Theis, Valerie Marion

The award will be presented during the official Award Ceremony at the Freiluftkino Museumsinsel on June 13, 2021 at 9.00 pm. This year's jury comprises the journalist, critic and film programmer Carmen Gray (New Zealand and United Kingdom), director and curator Azu Nwagbogu (Nigeria) and curator and programmer Wieland Speck (Germany).

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