Berlin Film Festival will no longer be awarding gender-based award. Berlin Film Festival becomes the first International Award even to have gender-neutral awards. The festival will begin somewhere during the early 2021. The directors of the event, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian announced the major change.
The official statement from Berlin Film Festival reads that there will no longer be ‘Best Actor’ or ‘Best Actress’ award. Instead, there will be ‘Silver Bear for Best Leading Role’ and ‘Silver Bear for Best Supporting Role’. This is the first time since 1956 that such a major change has been incorporated.
The directors of Berlin Film Festival believe that by removing gender-specific awards, they’ll be able to create awareness in the film industry. The change might be true as the audience now might get more movies based on characters rather than stars.
Berlin Film Festival is the first and currently the only major international film festival to make such change. Cannes film festival still has gender-based awards. So does Venice Film Festival. Whether other major film festivals will make such changes or not, is yet to be seen.