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"This should be the primary purpose of any self-respecting festival: to never indulge certainties. Quite the opposite: it should question and destabilise them and, if possible, take them on unexpected new journeys." Thus Thierry Jobin, artistic director of the Festival International de Films de Fribourg, characterizes the guiding idea of the event.
The festival will be showing altogether 499 films from 58 countries. 56 films are running in the international competition from which the ecumenical jury chooses its award winner.
"Beat Beat heart" is the opening film of the Festival achtung berlin 2017. An ecumenical jury will award a prize for the 10th time.
The WACC-SIGNIS Human Rights Award 2016 has gone to the documentary film Cahier africain directed by Heidi Specogna.
The Church Media Foundation Prize at the Tampere Film Festival 2017 was given to the director Elina Hirvonen for her documentary film "Boiling Point".
At the Ecumenical Reception at the Berlinale 2017 the Ecumenical Jury will be presented. Speakers are Bishop Dr. Gebhard Fürst for the Catholic Church, Pastor Dr. Johann Hinrich Cloaussen for the Evangelical Church and Amir Esfandiari from the Film Festival in Teheran as guest.