With the presentation of the Teddy Awards, the best queer films are again in the spotlight this year. The event will be webcast. There will be no big party.

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The presentation of the Teddy Awards at the Berlinale will take place this year without a party and with guests. The best queer films of the festival will be honored on February 18 at the Volksbühne in Berlin.

The event will be webcast, as the theater announced on Tuesday. Before the pandemic, the Teddy Award, with 1,500 guests, was one of the biggest evenings at the Berlinale and a meeting place for the gay and lesbian scene. Among the winners were big names in cinema such as Tilda Swinton, Pedro Almodóvar, Helmut Berger, Udo Kier and Ulrike Ottinger.

The prize has been awarded at the Berlin International Film Festival for 36 years. It benefits films and people “who communicate on topics related to social diversity and contribute to more tolerance, acceptance, solidarity and equality in society”.

According to organizers, the Teddy is the oldest and largest queer film award in the world. According to Duden, “queer” is a term that describes a gender identity that is different from the socially prevalent heterosexual norm. (dpa)