FILMKUNSTFEST MV's honorary award: the 'Golden Ox' ('der goldene Ochse')
The festival's organisers confer the honorary Golden Ox award for outstanding contributions to German cinematic culture. The organisers and the festival's patron, the minister-president of Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, present it at the awards ceremony.
FILMKUNSTFEST MV in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania's capital city of Schwerin is considered one of the most important film festivals for up-and-coming German-language filmmakers. Ten productions from Germany, Austria and Switzerland vie for the festival's top prize in the feature film competition, the Flying Ox (der fliegende Ochse), and seven other awards.
1. Best Feature Film: the Flying Ox
The Flying Ox is the grand prize in the FILMKUNSTFEST MV feature film competition. The Mecklenburg-West Pomerania State Chancellery endows the award with 10,000 euros in prize money.
Winner film of the 29th feature film competition in May 2019 was "System Crasher" by director Nora Fingscheidt.
2. NDR Director's Award
The NDR Director's Award goes to a feature film director and is endowed with 5,000 euros in prize money by regional radio and television broadcaster Norddeutscher Rundfunk.
3. DEFA Foundation Award
The DEFA Foundation award for up-and-coming talents promotes young German filmmakers, directors and screenwriters whose work has made an innovative contribution to how film engages with the present day. It is endowed with 4,000 euros in prize money and is awarded by the DEFA Foundation in Berlin.
4. Best Music/Sound Design
Studio Mitte Filmpostproduktion in Berlin and Steinberg Creativity First endow the award for Best Music/Sound Design in a feature film with 4,000 euros in donated prizes.
5. Best Dramatic Performance
LOTTO Mecklenburg-West Pomerania endows the award for best dramatic performance in a feature film with 3,500 euro in prize money.
6. Up-and-Coming Actor
The Stadtwerke Schwerin endow the award for the best up-and-coming actor with 2,500 euros in prize money.
7. Audience Award
After the feature films have been screened audiences are given assessment cards to vote on the film entries. At the end of the competition the film with the highest rating is determined. The regional newspaper Schweriner Volkszeitung endows the audience award with a prize of 2,500 euros.
8. German-speaking FIPRESCI Film Critics' Award
The award from German-speaking members of FIPRESCI (the International Federation of Film Critics) has been conferred by a jury since 2011 and includes no prize money. It is awarded by three members of the International Federation of Film Critics who are generally from German-speaking countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
9. Best Documentary
The award for best documentary in competition is endowed with a 5,000 euro prize from Sparkasse Mecklenburg-Schwerin. A three-person jury of experts awards the prize, which was first given in 2014.
10. Best Cinematography
Sparkasse Mecklenburg-Schwerin also endows the award for the best cinematography in a documentary in competition with a prize of 2,500 euros.
11. Best Short Film in Competition
The City of Schwerin endows the award for the best short film in competition with 4,000 euros in prize money. A three-member expert jury confers the award.
12. LEO – the award for best film for children and young audiences in competition
The award for the best film for children and young audiences in competition has been conferred since 2018 and is endowed by the City of Schwerin with 2,500 euros in prize money. A jury of children and young people from Schwerin award the prize; the jury is to include children and young people from immigrant families.
Furthermore, FILMLAND MV, the City of Schwerin, the Evangelical youth organisation and further partners are committed to encouraging the participation of children and young people from socially disadvantaged families for whom it is nearly impossible to visit the festival. A second screening location in the Campus am Turm civic centre is intended to provide a place to overcome barriers and allow these children and young people to participate in the festival.
13. WIR Diversity Award
The WIR Diversity Award is given to a film entry from across the festival programme, so expressly not solely to entries in the competitions. Supporters of the initiative WIR. Erfolg braucht Vielfalt (WE. Success requires diversity) select the award-winning film. This non-partisan, non-denominational, cross-societal initiative promotes "a free, democratic and cosmopolitan Mecklenburg-West Pomerania based on mutual respect and understanding".
14. Short film night awards
The winning films from the short film night receive an award and an official certificate with no set prize money; streichen: however, where applicable, they may receive prize money donated by sponsors. The award-winners will be determined at the end of the event via an on-site audience vote.
Screenplay scholarships: FILM RESIDENCE Mecklenburg West Pomerania
Traditionally, at the FILMKUNSTFEST MV's opening ceremony, scholarships are awarded to screenwriters whose screenwriting talents warrant encouragement. The festival management and Künstlerhaus Lukas (artists’ residence Lukas) in Ahrenshoop select suitable candidates in the run-up to the festival. Every year a 1,000-euro honorary scholarship with a writing residence at Künstlerhaus Lukas is awarded, usually to an experienced screenwriter. In addition, a scholarship for young screenwriters is awarded which also includes the opportunity to do a writing residence in Künstlerhaus Lukas and to receive scholarship money.
The scholarships are primarily funded by the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and in part by Künstlerhaus Ahrenshoop e.V.