BEN – the B3 prizes

B3 BEN Awards & Frankfurt Book Fair Film Awards 2019



2019 BEN Award winners


Best Emerging Talent:

Lena Chen + Molly Baber mit „Expose Her“

Best Immersive and Time Based Art:
Victor Morales mit „Esperpento“

Best VR/AR/MR-Experience:
Fernando Maldonado und Jorge Tereso mit "Gloomy Eyes" sowie Chris Lavis + Maciek Szczerbowski mit "Gymnasia"

Best Short Film:
Sara Margrethe Oskal mit „Daughter of the Sun“

Best Feature Film:
Itay Tal mit „God of the Piano“

Rotraut Pape Inspiration Award:
Grace Glowicki

Most Influential Moving Image Artist:
Steve McQueen


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The categories of 2019 are:

B3 BEN Most Influential Moving Image Artist
B3 BEN Best Feature Film
B3 BEN Best Short Film
B3 BEN Best Immersive and Time Based Art
B3 BEN Best AR/VR/MR Experience
B3 BEN Best Emerging Talent
B3 BEN Rotraut Pape Inspiration Award

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2019 B3 Ben Award for Steve McQueen


After Laurie Anderson (2013), Brian Eno (2015) and 2017 Jonas Mekas, this year's British artist, photographer and director Steve McQueen receives the BEN main B3 Biennial of the Moving Image Award in the "Most Influential Moving Image Artist" category. The B3 recognizes McQueen’s impact on the development of the moving image as both a successful cinema director and a video & photo artist. "Like our previous winners, Steve McQueen is an artist who works across borders and genres," says Prof. Bernd Kracke, Artistic Director of B3, explaining the choice. Steve McQueen is a British Turner Prize winning artist and filmmaker. His film 12 Years A Slave received numerous prizes, including three Oscars, among them the Best Film Award.

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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