Teddy Award 2021 for „International Dawn Chorus Day“

Filmmaker John Greyson received his 4th Teddy Award at the 71st Berlin International Film Festival for his Berlinale Shorts contribution „International Dawn Chorus Day.“

The Teddy Awards jury, consisting of Sylvie Cachin, Samuel Girma and Esma Akye, released the following statement about their decision:

„For its unique and poetic approach to filmmaking during a global crisis, International Dawn Chorus Day reminds us that film, as medium, perhaps is the best way to document the past, the present and
the future. Made of trivial video shootings material and a terrific creative idea, the film succeeds in being highly militant and shaking the audience. It raises unique voices to express the common political issues of queer people via the most popular communication tool during a pandemic. Using a surprising and original dramaturgy, that leads the audience to an unexpected point, this short film is a pure masterpiece. It represents a creative, fun and beautifully crafted way of making us remember those who continue to pay the highest price for queer people’s freedom.“

You can revisit the award ceremony, including John Greyson’s reponse to being awarded the prize. The section concerning „International Dawn Chorus Day“ begins at 59:43:

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