Deutscher Filmpreis

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German Film Awards
Logo Deutscher Filmpreis.png
Awarded for Best in film
Country Germany
Presented by Deutsche Filmakademie
First awarded 1951

The Deutscher Filmpreis (German Film Awards, also called Lola Awards) is an annual German awards ceremony honouring cinematic achievements in the German film business. It is the most important German movie award and the most highly endowed German cultural award with cash prizes totalling about three million euros.

From 1951 to 2004 it was awarded by a commission, but since 2005 the award has been organized by the German Film Academy (Deutsche Filmakademie). The Federal Commissioner for Cultural and Media Affairs has been responsible for the administration of the prize since 1999. The awards ceremony is traditionally held in Berlin. Since 2017, Pantaflix became the official partner of the German Film Awards. [1]

Selection process[edit]

Borrowing from the American model, the awards have been made by an academy, the Deutsche Filmakademie, since 2005. The academy replaces a much-criticised jury which was constituted according to the principle of political proportionality, and on which politicians and clergymen also sat. Now the jury consists of the members of the German Film Academy, which makes them a well specialized jury.

The selection process has three main steps:

  1. Registration and pre-selection
  2. Nomination
  3. Election of the award winners

Since 1999, the various category winners are awarded a copy of a statuette, the LOLA. The name refers to Marlene Dietrich's role in Der blaue Engel, Rainer Werner Fassbinder's film Lola and Tom Tykwers very successful movie Lola rennt.

Mechthild Schmidt, Partner of HouseWorks digital media, New York about her 1999 design: "I wanted to symbolize motion. Film IS movement. I wanted the statue to express confidence without being stern, strength without being static. It was important to me to give the "Deutschen Filmpreis" its own identity, not trying to borrow what other awards already successfully symbolize. While the Oscar is the strong, firm standing fighter and winner, I wanted the Filmprize statue to symbolize the dynamics of movement, the muse, the inspiration necessary to make a work of art, to become a winner. The movement is carried through to the asymmetrical conical base. Stylistically, I was looking for a timeless modern design as well as a historical reference to the first golden era of German film, the Art Deco in the 1920s."[2]


In 2005, the Deutsche Filmpreis was awarded in the following categories.


Edition Date Host(s) Venue Best Film
1st 06 June 1951 Alfred Bauer Titania Palast Two Times Lotte
2nd 23 April 1952 unknown The Guilt of Doctor Homma
3rd 1953 Ufa Palast Nights on the Road
4th 17 June 1954 No Way Back
5th 24 June 1955 Canaris: Master Spy
6th 22 June 1956 N/A
7th 23 June 1957 The Captain from Köpenick
8th 29 June 1958 The Devil Strikes at Night
9th 28 June 1959 Arms and the Man
10th 22 June 1960 The Bridge
11th 25 June 1961 Kongresshalle Berlin N/A
12th 24 June 1962 The Bread of Those Early Years
13th 23 June 1963 The Endless Night & The Lightship
14th 28 June 1964 The River Line
15th 27 June 1965 The House in Karp Lane
16th 26 June 1966 Young Törless
17th 25 June 1967 Walther Schmieding Yesterday Girl
18th 23 June 1968 Tattoo
19th 29 June 1969 Artists Under the Big Top: Perplexed
20th 28 June 1970 Hans Christoph Knebusch & Walther Schmieding Katzelmacher & Malatesta
21st 27 June 1971 First Love & Lenz
22nd 24 June 1972 Trotta & Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King
23rd 24 June 1973 The Experts
24th 22 June 1974 The Pedestrian
25th 27 June 1975 Lina Braake
26th 25 June 1976 Calm Prevails Over the Country
27th 24 June 1977 Heinrich
28th 30 June 1978 unknown The Glass Cell
29th 08 June 1979 The Tin Drum
30th 13 June 1980 The Last Years of Childhood
31st 26 June 1981 Jede Menge Kohle
32nd 26 June 1982 Marianne and Juliane
33rd 25 June 1983 The State of Things
34th 23 June 1984 Where the Green Ants Dream
35th 15 June 1985 Colonel Redl
36th 07 June 1986 Theater des Westens Rosa Luxemburg
37th 13 June 1987 N/A
38th 10 June 1988 Wings of Desire
39th 02 June 1989 Yasemin
40th 07 June 1990 Last Exit to Brooklyn
41st 06 June 1991 Leo Koschnik Malina
42nd 04 June 1992 Schtonk!
43rd 03 June 1993 Ilja Richter N/A
44th 09 June 1994 Kaspar Hauser
45th 09 June 1995 Iris Berben Friedrichstadt-Palast Maybe... Maybe Not
46th 31 May 1996 Joachim Król & Veronica Ferres Deutsche Oper Berlin Deathmaker
47th 06 June 1997 Sabine Christiansen Berlin Tempelhof Airport Rossini – oder die mörderische Frage,
wer mit wem schlief
48th 06 June 1998 Joachim Fuchsberger Brandenburg Gate The Harmonists
49th 17 June 1999 Piet Klocke & Katarina Witt Deutsche Oper Berlin Run Lola Run
50th 16 June 2000 Götz Alsmann & Susann Atwell No Place to Go
51st 22 June 2001 The State I Am In
52nd 14 June 2002 Caroline Beil & Dirk Bach Tempodrom Nowhere in Africa
53rd 06 June 2003 Jörg Pilawa Good Bye, Lenin!
54th 18 June 2004 Jessica Schwarz & Ulrich Wickert Head-On
55th 05 June 2005 Michael "Bully" Herbig Berliner Philharmonie Go for Zucker!
56th 12 May 2006 Palais am Funkturm The Lives of Others
57th 04 May 2007 Four Minutes
58th 25 April 2008 Barbara Schöneberger The Edge of Heaven
59th 24 April 2009 John Rabe
60th 23 April 2010 Friedrichstadtpalast The White Ribbon
61st 8 April 2011 Vincent Wants to Sea
62nd 27 April 2012 Elyas M’Barek & Jessica Schwarz Stopped on Track
63rd 26 April 2013 Mirjam Weichselbraun Tempodrom A Coffee in Berlin
64th 09 May 2014 Jan Josef Liefers Palais am Funkturm Home from Home
65th 19 June 2015 Victoria
66th 27 May 2016 The People vs. Fritz Bauer
67th 28 April 2017 Jasmin Tabatabai Toni Erdmann
67th 27 April 2018 Edin Hasanović & Iris Berben 3 Days in Quiberon

Changes from 2005[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "PANTAFLIX is official Partner of GERMAN FILM AWARD 2017 • PANTAFLIX AG". PANTAFLIX AG. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 
  2. ^ "Design work". Mechthild Schmidt Feist. 2015-12-24. Retrieved 2017-12-20. 

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