First awarded 1951
|Presented by Berlin International Film Festival|
The Golden Bear (German: Goldener Bär) is the highest prize awarded for the best film at the Berlin International Film Festival. The bear is the heraldic animal of Berlin, featured on both the coat of arms and flag of Berlin.
German jury vote (1951)
The winners of the first Berlin International Film Festival in 1951 were determined by a German panel, and there were five winners of the Golden Bear, divided by categories and genres.
Audience vote (1952–55)
Between 1952 and 1955, the winners of the Golden Bear were determined by the audience members.
International jury (since 1956)
In 1956, the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) formally accredited the festival, and since then the Golden Bear has been awarded by an international jury.