Berlin: German Lesbian Filmmaker Monika Treut to Get Teddy Award

Monika Treut

The prize, which will be handed out at the Berlin festival next month, honors pioneers in queer cinema.

German lesbian filmmaker Monika Treut will receive this year's Teddy Award for lifetime achievement at the Berlin Film Festival.

The Teddy, the world's oldest award honoring queer cinema, turns 31 this year.

The 62-year-old Treut, whose movies include the dramas Virgin Machine (1988) and My Father Is Coming (1991), as well as documentaries such as Gendernauts: A Journey Through Shifting Identities (1999) and Tigerwomen Grow Wings (2005), is considered a pioneer in queer filmmaking.

Treut's Virgin Machine premiered in Berlin's Panorama section, and Gendernauts won the Teddy in 1999 for best documentary.

Treut will be honored at a gala ceremony in Berlin on Feb. 17. The 2017 Berlin Film Festival runs Feb. 9-19.