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'Soirée Diversité' awards ceremony launches at Berlin Film Festival

International personality to receive Teddy special lifetime achievement award at glam ball
Previous winners of Teddy Awards include actor Tilda Swinton

This year's Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, is set to showcase the best in queer film.

And at the first ever Soirée Diversité ball on 13 February, 250 guests will look on as a special Teddy Award is presented to a celebrity or director for lifetime achievement.

This year sees the 27th annual Teddy Awards ceremony, which has been described as 'the most important queer film prize in the world'.

Alongside the special award for distinguished achievement, Teddy Awards are generally given in categories including 'best feature film', 'best documentary', and 'short film'.

About 40 films from other sections of the Berlin International Film Festival compete for the awards.

Previous winners of the Teddy Award include big names such as actres Tilda Swinton and the late director Derek Jarman.

The first ever award was won by well-known director Pedro Almodóvar, for his feature movie 'La ley del deseo' (Law of Desire). The film explores a queer love triangle and features a trans character.

The first annual Berliner Aids-Hilfe HIV-Award will also be presented during the black tie dinner. Established in 1985, the Berliner Aids-Hilfe is a charity that supports people living with HIV and AIDS.

Actress and trustee of the Berliner Aids-Hilfe Annabelle Mandeng will host the evening, which takes place at Berlin's Adlon Kempinsky Hotel. The Adlon Kempinski hotel has been a sponsor of the Berlin Pride Festival (CSD) for the past three years.

Tickets for the gala are €250 ($334). To reserve, contact Christian Watzelhan, [email protected].

Proceeds from ticket sales go to the Berliner Aides-Hilfe association and the Teddy Awards.

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