The 2011 Teddy Awards, a subprogram of the Berlinale that puts the spotlight on the fest’s LGBT/queer content, were announced tonight at a special “jubilee gala” at Tempelhof airport. Leading the pack were “Ausente” by Marco Berger, which won the best feature award, and best doc winner “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” the story of the pansexual couple (one, member of the bands Psychic TV and Throbbing Gristle; the other, recently deceased) that underwent cosmetic surgery to look alike and to live as one. The Teddy jury is comprised of queer festival programmers from around the world.
The following is the complete list of Teddy Award winners:
Best Feature Film – “Ausente” by Marco Berger
Best Documentary – “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” by Marie Losier
Best Short Film – “Generations” by Barbara Hammer and Gina Carducci and “Maya Deren’s Sink” by Barbara Hammer
Jury Prize – “Tomboy” by Celine Sciamma
Special Teddy Awards: South African drag performer and HIV/AIDS activist Pieter-Dirk Uys and recently deceased New German Cinema director Werner Schroeter