BEN – the B3 prizes

At B3, key artists from the spheres of art, film, tv, games as well as virtual & augmented reality (VR/AR) present their projects. The very best among them receive the B3 BEN award.

The B3 Biennale of the Moving Image distinguishes established artists and talented newcomers by means of the internationally recognized BEN Award. Pieces by B3 Biennale artists who take a particularly innovative approach to exploring new narrative technologies go head to head for the main and newcomer prizes. An international jury selects the best entries. The award was designed by South African artist Trevor Gould.

Succeeding Laurie Anderson (2013) and Brian Eno (2015), 2017 the Lithuanian-American film pioneer Jonas Mekas (born in 1922) received the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image lifetime achievement award. With this award, the B3 wishes to honor his trailblazing influence on the development of independent American film. An additional B3 lifetime achievement award goes to German art collector and patron Ingvild Goetz in honor of her decades-long passionate commitment to contemporary and video art and her support of young artists.

Also awarded in 2017:

B3 BEN 2017 EMERGING TALENTS
Claudia Malecka (Germany) – "Escapism", 2016

B3 BEN 2017 BEST PROJECT IN TIME BASED AND IMMERSIVE ARTS
Ann Oren (Israel) - "The World is ours", 2017
Honarary Mention: Jonas Englert (Germany) - "Praeludium", 2015

B3 BEN 2017 BEST VIRTUAL REALITY / AUGMENTED REALITY PRODUCTION
1. Mária Júdová & Andrej Boleslavsky (Slovakia) – „Dust“, 2017
2. Mathieu Pradat (France) - „Proxima“, 2017

B3 BEN 2017 BEST SHORT FILM
1. Junichi Kanai (Japan) - „Cycle Cycle“, 2017
2. Barney Cokeliss (Great Britain) - „Night Dancing“, 2016

B3 BEN 2017 BEST FEATURE FILM
Jordan Canning (Canada) - "Suck it up", 2017
Honorary Mention: Travis Wilkerson (USA) - "Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?", 2017



2015 British musician and multimedia artist Brian Eno received the B3 BEN Lifetime Achievement Award.

The BEN main prizes 2015 in the category “Expanded Senses”:

  • Yves Netzhammer (CH) for “Die Gegenwart sucht ihren Mund in der Spiegelung der Suppe”, 2014
  • Federico Solmi (I) for “Chinese Democracy Trilogy”, 2012/2013
  • John Gerrard (IRL) for “Exercise”, 2014

Prize for Emerging Talent

2013 Laurie Anderson received the B3 Honorary Prize for Lifetime Achievement

BEN main prizes 2013:

  • Linear: Richard Mosse “The Enclave”, 2013
  • Nonlinear: Candice Breitz “Treatment”, 2013
  • Transmedial: The Riahi Brothers “Everyday rebellion”, 2013

BEN Prizes for Emerging Talents 2013:

  • Linear: Laura Labs / Max Kerkoff “Volksbühne” The Film University (HFF) Konrad Wolf, Potsdam-Babelsberg
  • Nonlinear: Philipp Bergmann/Matthias Schönijahn “Breaking News” Justus-Liebig-University Gießen
  • Transmedial: Nikolas Schmid-Pfähler/Carolin Liebl “Vincent&Emily” HfG Offenbach