Gender-neutral acting prizes
The organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival say they will stop awarding separate acting prizes to women and men beginning next year.
Organizers said Monday the performance awards will be defined in a gender-neutral way at next year's festival, for which a physical event is planned.
The festival awards a Golden Bear for the best film and a series of Silver Bears, which until this year included best actor and best actress honors.
Organizers said those prizes will be replaced with a Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance and a Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance.
At the same time, the Alfred Bauer Prize, which is named after the festival's founding director, will be permanently retired.
The prize was suspended this year due to revelations about Bauer's role in the Nazis' moviemaking bureaucracy.
The 2021 festival is scheduled for Feb 11-21.