Two Alumni Films Take Home Awards from Berlinale Film Festival

March 3, 2018

11 films by Columbia Filmmakers went to Berlinale last month, and among them, two took home top prizes. The Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale) is one of the largest, most important film festivals in the world.


Still from Lobster Dinner

Still from Lobster Dinner


Lobster Dinner, written and directed by Gregorio Franchetti ’17 and produced by Axel Ohman ’16, won a Special Jury Mention. It was selected from more than two thousand submissions to participate in the Generation Kplus which, according to the Festival’s page, is a selection that reflects on both cinematic developments as well as current socio-political situations. 


Nineteen short films were part of Generation Kplus and Lobster Dinner was awarded one of the most prestigious prizes. This film also received accolades at Columbia since it was among the Students Selects at The Columbia University Film Festival (CUFF) 2017.


Tropical Memories was also celebrated in Berlin. Co-written & directed by Currect Student Shipei Wen, co-written by Binghao Zhao '14, Theatre and Yinuo Wang '16 and produced by Jing Wang '15, the film won the the VFF Talent Highlight Award, which recognized it among many others. According to Variety, the project will receive a €10.000 prize money offered by the Munich-based Verwertungsgesellschaft der Film und Fernsehproduzenten.


One of the most coveted prizes, the Highlight Award is a recognition for a promising project from an up-and-coming producer. It is given to only one of the ten participating projects that have been carefully selected from more than three thousand applications.


Jin Wang was the producer of Johnny Ma’s ‘14 highly acclaimed first feature Old Stone, which also premiered in Berlinale in 2016 and it was one of the best received film of the festival.