The winner of the Bremen
Filmpreis 2024 will be announced at the beginning of March.

Award ceremony
April 10, 2024, 7:30 p.m.
at Theater am Goetheplatz


About the Bremer Filmpreis by Sparkasse Bremen


Since 1999, the Bremer Filmpreis, donated by Sparkasse Bremen has been honouring personalities of the European film scene for many years of merit. Among the award-winning filmmakers are the Swiss actor Bruno Ganz, the Danish director Lars von Trier and the German actress Nina Hoss.


With the cooperation partner Filmfest Bremen, the award, which is endowed with 8,000 euros, will have a new focus on national and international humorous and comedic works from 2021. The cooperation between Sparkasse Bremen and Filmfest Bremen, as well as the new focus on humour/satire, makes it possible to continue the Bremer Filmpreis in a setting that is close to the audience and to once again award an annual prize of international appeal in the Hanseatic city. An important statement for Bremen as a centre for the art of film.


The Filmfest Bremen already honoured director and Oscar winner Caroline Link in 2019 for her achievements in the field of humour and satire. In 2021, bestselling author and TV star Hape Kerkeling received the Bremer Filmpreis from Sparkasse Bremen in a virtual award ceremony from the Theater am Goetheplatz.

A history of laureates

Maria Schrader won the Bremen Filmpreis in 2023.


In this, her first film, RobbyKallePaul (1989), she not only played Malu, as she did so often later, but also worked as a screenwriter. With films such as Stille Nacht (1995), Aimée & Jaguar (1999) and Vor der Morgenröte (2016), she became the “godmother of German-Jewish history”. Since Meschugge (1998), she has also repeatedly co-directed films. She finally made her successful directorial debut with Liebesleben (2007). Despite the serious subject matter, there is often a subtle humor, a satirical undertone running through her work. (e.g. Bin ich schön? 1998, Ich bin dein Mensch, 2021)


In her work, truthfulness is more important than the glittering show. Time and again, she sensitively approaches the really big themes and implements them in an unagitated but uncompromisingly authentic way. This is precisely why, for example, the author Deborah Feldmann entrusted her with her book Unorthodox (2020) and the two journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey with their story about the Weinstein scandal and the birth of the #MeToo movement (She said, 2022).
She has no use for the term “strong women”, saying herself: “If you reduce figures to a single buzzword, you make them small.” Maria Schrader certainly can’t be reduced to a single buzzword. Actress, author, director and voice actress, bank robber (Burning Life, 1992), world-weary single (Keiner liebt mich, 1994), loyal politician (Deutschland 83, 2015) or boarding school headmistress (Hanni und Nanni, 2016) – with diligence, talent and a keen sense for material and characters, she worked her way up from the small shared kitchen to the big screens of Hollywood.


In 2020, she became the first German director ever to win the Emmy for Best Director.

  • 2022

    Aki Kaurismäki

  • 2021

    Hape Kerkeling

  • 2019

    Caroline Link

  • 2017

    Naum Kleimann

  • 2015

    Ruth Waldburger

  • 2014

    Sylvie Testud

  • 2013

    Béla Tarr

  • 2012

    Caroline Champetier

  • 2011

    Alberto Iglesias

  • 2010

    Ulrich Seidl

  • 2009

    Nina Hoss

  • 2008

    Lars von Trier

  • 2007

    Bettina Böhler

  • 2006

    Ken Loach

  • 2005

    Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne

  • 2004

    Kati Outinen

  • 2003

    Karl Baumgartner

  • 2002

    Marcel Ophüls

  • 2001

    Tilda Swinton

  • 2000

    Agnès Varda

  • 1999

    Bruno Ganz

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