18.02.2016 - Sara Jordenö, Händl Klaus, Bruce LaBruce, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Christine Vachon, moderated by Toby Ashraf
Since its inauguration in 1987, the Teddy Award has made the Berlinale a home for queer cinema. It stands for the recognition of the many facets of a cinema that resists sexual stereotypes and any kind of heteronormativity. To celebrate the Teddy’s 30th birthday, this session invites Talents and festival filmmakers to join pioneering producer Christine Vachon (2016 Special Teddy Award for lifetime achievement) in an interactive “town hall meeting”-style discussion on the present and future of queer cinema worldwide. How can we define queer cinema, which, as a matter of principle, eludes any plain definition? Is “queer” more a cinematic art form than a character's concern? What has been the evolving role of queer cinema lately for filmmakers and audiences in different cultures and societies? Please come out with your opinions.
Toby Ashraf is a journalist, curator, translator and film professional based in Berlin. He writes for various publications and moderates film talks such as Berlinale Forum and Berlinale Generation. In 2014 he founded the Berlin Art Film Festival, and in 2015 he won the Siegfried Kracauer Prize for Best Film Review. He is part of the commission of the European Media Art Festival (EMAF) and organises CIMA BERLIN, a series of monthly screenings of queer Berlin films with live Arabic translation for refugees.