1st Berlin International Film Festival

The 1st annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 6 to 17 June 1951.[1] The opening film was Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca.[1] At this very first Berlin Festival, the Golden Bear award was introduced, and it was awarded to the best film in each of five categories: drama, comedy, crime or adventure, music film, and documentary. This system disappeared already the following year, partly because films that year were voted on by the audience.

1st Berlin International Film Festival
Festival poster
Opening filmRebecca
LocationWest Berlin, Germany
AwardsGolden Bear (Die Vier im Jeep, ...Sans laisser d'adresse, In Beaver Valley, Justice est faite and Cinderella)
Festival date6–17 June 1951


The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:[2]

Films in competition

The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear awards:[3]

English title Original title Director(s) Country
In Beaver Valley James Algar USA (documentary)
Begone Dull Care Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart Canada (animated)
Blick ins Paradies Hans Fischerkoesen Germany (documentary)
Bosch Italy (art and science)
Cinderella Wilfred Jackson USA (animated/music film)
Der Film entdeckte Kunstwerke indianischer Vorzeit Hans Cürlis Germany (art and science)
Der gelbe Dom Eugen Schuhmacher Germany (documentary)
Destination Moon Endstation Mond Irving Pichel USA
God Needs Man Dieu a besoin des hommes Jean Delannoy France
Die Vier im Jeep Four in a Jeep Leopold Lindtberg Switzerland
Dr. Holl Rolf Hansen Germany
Goya Luciano Emmer Italy (art and science)
Het gala-Concert Netherlands (advertising film, i.e. commercial)
Path of Hope Il Cammino della speranza Pietro Germi Italy
The Forbidden Christ Il Cristo proibito Curzio Malaparte Italy
Justice Is Done Justice est faite André Cayatte France
Kleine Nachtgespenster Eugen Schuhmacher Germany (documentary)
Leaps and Bounds Leva på 'Hoppet' Göran Gentele Sweden
...Sans laisser d'adresse Jean-Paul Le Chanois France
The Tales of Hoffmann Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger United Kingdom (music film)
The Browning Version Anthony Asquith United Kingdom
The Mating Season Mitchell Leisen USA
The Story of Time Michael Stainer-Hutchins United Kingdom (advertising film, i.e. commercial)
The Undefeated Paul Dickson USA (documentary)


Winner of the main award for best film in its section
The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.


The following prizes were awarded by the Jury:[4]


  1. "1st Berlin International Film Festival". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 30 January 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2009.
  2. "JURIES 1951". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  3. "PROGRAMME 1951". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 9 November 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
  4. "PRIZES & HONOURS 1951". berlinale.de. Archived from the original on 15 October 2013. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
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