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6th Berlin International Film Festival

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Location  Berlin, Germany
Festival date  22 June – 3 July 1956
Founded  1951
Website  Website
6th Berlin International Film Festival
Awards  Golden Bear (Invitation to the Dance)

The 6th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 June to 3 July 1956. The FIAPF granted the festival the "A status" during this year, which previously only reserved for Cannes and Venice. The awards for the first time, were given by an international jury.


Golden Bear was awarded to Invitation to the Dance directed by Gene Kelly. However the decision by the Marcel Carné-led jury to award the Golden Bear to Gene Kelly was widely criticized.


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:

  • Marcel Carné
  • Bill Luckwell
  • Giuseppe Vittorio Sampieri
  • Koichi Kawakita
  • Leo J. Horster
  • Ilse Urbach
  • Ludwig Berger
  • Films in competition

    The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear and Silver Bear awards:


    The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:

  • Golden Bear: Invitation to the Dance by Gene Kelly
  • Silver Bear for Best Director: Robert Aldrich for Autumn Leaves
  • Silver Bear for Best Actress: Elsa Martinelli for Donatella
  • Silver Bear for Best Actor: Burt Lancaster for Trapeze
  • Silver Bear for an Outstanding Single Achievement: The Long Arm by Charles Frend
  • Silver Bear for an Outstanding Artistic Contribution: La Sorcière by André Michel
  • Silver Bear: Richard III by Laurence Olivier
  • Honourable Mention (Director): El camino de la vida by Alfonso Corona Blake
  • Honourable Mention (Colour): Byaku fujin no yoren by Shirō Toyoda
  • Honourable Mention (Best Humorous Film): Pane, amore e... by Dino Risi
  • References

    6th Berlin International Film Festival Wikipedia