Amongst the films receiving honours at the 68th Berlinale Awards ceremony last Saturday, two films were supported by the Creative Europe MEDIA programme. Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not” was awarded the Golden Bear for Best Film while “Las Herederas” by Marcelo Martinessi won the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for a film that opens up new perspectives and the Silver Bear for Best actress (Ana Brun).

collage of photos from winning films

Adina Pintilie’s first feature “Touch Me Not” also received the GWFF Best First Feature Award. This co-production from Romania, Germany, Czech Republic, Bulgaria and France, was supported by MEDIA programme at its development stage.

“Las Herederas” (The Heiresses) is a co-production from Paraguay, Uruguay, Germany, Brazil, Norway, France and it was supported by MEDIA via the international co-production funds.

In addition, Independent juries gave recognition to films supported by Creative Europe MEDIA:

  • “Las Herederas” (The Heiresses)  by Marcelo Martinessi won  the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) Jury Prize for Best Film in the Competition section. The film was also awarded the TEDDY readers’ Jury Prize from Mannschaft Magazine.
  • Utøya 22. Juli (U – July 22) by Erik Poppe (Norway) received a Special mention from the Ecumenical Jury. This film was supported by MEDIA programme for its development and distribution.

In total 18 films screened at Berlinale had been developed or distributed with support of EUR 895,000 funding from the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme.


Creative Europe MEDIA programme plays a crucial role in supporting Europe's audiovisual sector through the development, promotion and distribution of thousands of films/TV series as well as support to training programmes, film festivals, cinema networks or distribution platforms. Since 1991, the EU has been investing over €2.5 billion in European content, creativity and cultural diversity, helping European talents to work together across borders.

Berlinale 2018 Awards