Berlin 2024: The full list of film festival winners

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The Berlin Film Festival is one of the most well-respected events in the world of cinema. Alongside Cannes, Venice, Toronto and Sundance, it is considered to be one of the “big five” film festivals, showing hundreds of films each year to thousands of viewers.

It also hands out some highly coveted accolades to the best of those films, many of them including the highest prize, the Golden Bear, decided upon by an international jury.

This year, the international jury has decided on Mati Diop’s documentary Dahomey as the winner of the Golden Bear award. It becomes the second documentary to take home the prize. Meanwhile, the Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize went to Hong Sang-soo’s A Traveler’s Needs, while Bruno Dumont’s The Empire took home the Silver Bear Jury Prize.

Sebastian Stan and Emily Watson both take home awards for acting, for their performances in A Different Man and Small Things Like These, respectively. Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias takes home the Best Director win for his drama Pepe, while Matthias Glasner’s writing for Dying won him the Best Screenplay award.

Short films such as An Odd Turn and Remains of the Hot Day were celebrated outside the international jury prizes. No Other Land took home the Berlinale Documentary Film Award, with a special metion going to Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell’s Direct Action. Find the full list of winners below.

Full list of Berlin Film Festival 2024 winners:

International jury prizes:

Golden Bear

Dahomey, Mati Diop

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

A Traveler’s Needs, Hong Sang-soo

Silver Bear Jury Prize

The Empire, Bruno Dumont

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance

Sebastian Stan, A Different Man

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance

Emily Watson, Small Things Like These

Silver Bear for Best Director

Nelson Carlos De Los Santos Arias, Pepe

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

Matthias Glasner, Dying (Sterben)

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution

Martin Gschlacht for cinematography, The Devil’s Bath (Des Teufels Bad)

Encounters jury prizes:

Best Film

Direct Action, Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell

Special Jury Award

The Great Yawn of History, Aliyar Rasti

Some Rain Must Fall, Qiu Yang

Best Director

Juliana Rojas, Cidade; Campo

GWFF Best First Feature Award

Cu Li Never Cries (Cu Li Không Bao Gio Khóc), Phạm Ngọc Lân

Berlinale Documentary Film Award

No Other Land, Basel Adra, Hamdan Ballal, Yuval Abraham, and Rachel Szor

Special mention to Direct Action, Guillaume Cailleau and Ben Russell


Golden Bear for Best Short Film

An Odd Turn (Un Movimiento extraño), Francisco Lezama

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film)

Remains of the Hot Day (Re tian wu hou), Wenqian Zhang

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