BERLIN - Oscar-nominated filmmakers Oren Moverman, Lucy Walker and Taika Waititi will form the three-person jury that will decide this year's winner of the best first feature award at the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival.
The directing trio are Berlin regulars. Moverman's The Messenger won a Silver Bear in Berlin in 2009 for best screenplay, which Moverman shared with co-writer Alessandro Camon, on its way to receiving two Oscar nominations, including a best supporting actor nomination for Woody Harrelson.
Lucy Walker's Oscar-nominated documentary Waste Land (2010) won the Panorama Audience Award in Berlin in 2010. And New Zealand-born Taika Waititi screened his short films Two Cars, One Night (2004) and Tama tu (2005) in Berlin's Panorama section, while his feature Boy won the Grand Prize of the Deutsche Kinderhilfswerk in Berlin in 2010.
The first feature jury will select the best debut film from the 27 candidates screening across all sections of this year's Berlin festival, which takes place Feb. 7-17. The winning feature will receive $66,000 (€50,000) in prize money, to be evenly split between the film's director and producer. The director will also win a high-end viewfinder.
Previous winners include Boudewijn Koole, who won last year for his children's drama Kauwboy, Danish director Pernille Fischer Christensen (A Soap) and Uruguayan director Adrián Biniez who took the honor with his 2009 debut Gigante.
The winner of the 2013 Berlinale first feature award will be announced as part of the festival's gala award ceremony on Feb. 16.