Then I'm suddenly pounced on by a TV crew who ask me what I'm up to at the Berlinale and which films are my personal favourites. All around are excited voices and constant laughter – a sense of anticipation fills the air. When the doors are finally opened, the impatient, smiling crowd streams into the auditorium, everyone hoping to grab the best possible seat. The room quickly fills up, and a few audience members reach for their mobile phones, waving wildly the next second.
The Crystal Bears stand on a massive grey block in the middle of the stage, and immediately become the focus of all the photographers' attention. Those who've arrived late now frantically try to find a seat somewhere in the room. Then, as the lights dim, the voices suddenly go silent: A spotlight sweeps around the auditorium accompanied by the Berlinale trailer music, and a few teenagers throw their arms into the air. Eventually the spotlight comes to a halt and the directors of the Generation section, Maryanne Redpath und Florian Weghorn are invited to the stage. With skilful swiftness, the two hurry to the stage and begin their relaxed and casual speech. Somewhat nervously, yet brimming with pride, members of the youth jury then make their grand entrance to the stage – without forgetting, of course, to greet Maryanne with an affectionate kiss on the cheek. And now: the awards ceremony can begin!
The jury announces the winning films, giving in-depth reasons for their choices. Then the filmmakers accept their awards: Director Lisa Aschan, whose film "Apflickorna" received a special mention, is visibly moved, and finds it hard to put her feelings into words. Very calmly, his eyes sparkling, Andrew Okpeaha MacLean collects the Crystal Bear for his winning film "On the Ice", followed by his actors who are constantly joking around. The glare of camera flashes, colourful bouquets, and magnificent Crystal Bears – then the stage gradually empties. And then, as the red curtains elegantly draw back, the audience members are able to sit back and enjoy two winning films that are worthy of their awards.