Film Festival Cologne | Awards


Film Award Cologne

Mc Queen

The Film Award Cologne, endowed with 25,000 euros by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the City of Cologne, was awarded to the British director Steve McQueen in 2021.

The Hollywood Reporter Award


The Hollywood Reporter Award honours the best fictional film in the Top Ten TV and Best of Cinema Fiction competition series. The prize is endowed with 10,000 euros and went to Gaspar Noé for the film VORTEX in 2021.

International Actors Award


The International Actors Award honours personalities who have achieved prominence and recognition in international film and TV in an outstanding way through their acting achievements. The award went to Albrecht Schuch in 2021.

phoenix Award


The phoenix Award is awarded for the best documentary in the Top Ten TV and Best of Cinema Documentary competition series and went to filmmaker Phil Grabsky in 2021 for the documentary MY CHILDHOOD, MY COUNTRY - 20 YEARS IN AFGHANISTAN.

Film Award NRW

Auf anfang

The Film Award NRW has been awarded since 2016. The award is endowed with 20,000 euros and honours the best entry in the Made in NRW competition series. The award is sponsored by the state of North Rhine-Westphalia, the city of Cologne and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW. In 2021, the Film Award NRW went to the film AUF ANFANG by Georg Nonnenmacher and Mike Schlömer.

European Virtual Production Award


This year HALOSTAGE and the FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE will present the first ever European Virtual Production Award, which honours outstanding international virtual production projects.

Manfred Stelzer Award

Schrader stelzer preis

On the initiative of Network Movie, the FILM FESTIVAL COLOGNE has been awarding the Manfred Stelzer Prize since 2020. The award is endowed with 5,000 euros.