The Teddy Awards, which is the longest running award ceremony for queer cinema around the world, has announced that this year’s Special TEDDY Award will be given to lesbian Monika Treut, from Germany, for her contributions to the world of queer film.
Upon announcing this high honor, the Teddy organization issued the following statement:
Monika Treut has been engaging with not only the feminist and lesbian cinema since the 1980s, but also with the German-speaking independent film scene and as a pioneer has introduced the New Queer Cinema to the US American Indie film. Her courageousness and critical approach of the topics and aesthetics are closely related to the liberating energy of the Mao-Spontex movement in the 1970s. Her documentary Gendernauts won the TEDDY-Award in 1999 as Best Documentary/Essay Film and several other audience awards all over the world. Since her feature debut with Efi Mikesch, Verführung: Die grausame Frau, more than 12 of her movies have been screened at the Berlinale. On the occasion of her Special TEDDY AWARD, Berlinale Panorama screens her second feature film, the classic die Jungfrauenmaschine from 1989.
Treut will receive her official honor at a ceremony on February 17 during the Berlin International Film Festival that runs February 9-19.