The public has cast its votes: the 20th Panorama Audience Awards went to "Profile" by Timur Bekmambetov for best fiction film and "The Silence of Others" by Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar for best documentary. The awards are presented by the Berlinale Panorama section in collaboration with radioeins and rbb television (Berlin-Brandenburg Broadcasting). The prizes for the voting audience are provided courtesy of Mastercard.
"Profile" is a co-production between USA, United Kingdom, Cyprus and Russian Federation. In "Profile", a journalist investigating the recruitment of young women for ISIS falls under the spell of a Jihadist – a story entirely told on a computer screen. Director Timur Bekmambetov has previously been a guest of the Berlinale Special with his films "Night Watch" (2005) and "Day Watch" (2007). In the documentary "The Silence of Others", directors Almudena Carracedo and Robert Bahar tackle the issue of justice in Spain, after a 1977 amnesty law prohibited the prosecution of the regime’s perpetrators.
The Panorama Audience Award has been given since 1999. Since 2011, not only the best fiction film but also the best documentary films have received awards. During the festival, moviegoers are asked to rate the films shown in Panorama on voting cards after the screenings. In 2018 a total of 26,000 votes were cast and counted.
This year Panorama presented 47 feature-length films from 40 countries, of which 20 screened in the Panorama Dokumente series.
Panorama Audience Award Winner - Fiction Film 2018
USA / United Kingdom / Cyprus / Russian Federation
By Timur Bekmambetov
2nd place Panorama Audience Award - Fiction Film 2018
Germany / Austria
By Wolfgang Fischer
3rd place Panorama Audience Award - Fiction Film 2018
By Katharina Mueckstein
Panorama Audience Award Winner - Panorama Dokumente 2018
"The Silence of Others"
USA / Spain
By Almudena Carracedo, Robert Bahar
2nd place Panorama Audience Award - Panorama Dokumente 2018
By Lutz Pehnert, Matthias Ehlert, Adama Ulrich
3rd place Panorama Audience Award - Panorama Dokumente 2018
Brazil / Germany / Netherlands
By Maria Augusta Ramos