It might seem surprising for many but humour has a firm role in Bremen: The legendary sketch series “Loriot”, Hape Kerkeling’s “Voll Normal”, formats with Maren Kroymann or Rudi Carrell – all of them, and many more, are produced in Bremen and have made german and european TV history.
Humour in its endless facets can be entertaining – with sharpness directs attention to political grievances, offers new perspectives or pulls the focus on life’s essential elements. The Filmfest Bremen’s competition for films in the category humour and satire is unique in Germany and the many productions entering proof its diversity and substantial success.
Functioning as northern Germany’s humoristic center, the festival provides the perfect frame for filmmakers to be awarded for their humorous, comedic or satirical works.
Since 2019, in addition to the international competition, Der Große Preis of the Filmfest Bremen is awarded for extraordinary achievements in the category Humour/Satire. Together with the prize money of 5,000 EUR, the winner is presented with the trophy Goldene Mops (the golden pug). The charming bronze figure pays homage to comedian Loriots aka Vicco von Bülow’s (1923 – 2011) favourite animal, the pug.
The first to be awarded Der Große Preis of the Filmfest Bremen was director and Academy Award winner Caroline Link. Her film “Der Junge muss an die frische Luft” links to Bremen since the protagonist Hans-Peter Wilhelm “Hape” Kerkeling started his career here in the north at Radio Bremen.