The 65th German Film Award took place on 19 June 2015, organised by the Deutsche Filmakademie. The award ceremony was held at the Palais am Funkturm in Berlin and broadcast by the ZDF. Jan Josef Liefers hosted the event.
|Film Prize in Gold: Victoria – Produced by: Sebastian Schipper and Jan Dressler, directed by: Sebastian Schipper|
|Film Prize in Silver: Jack – Produced by: Jan Krüger and René Römert, directed by: Edward Berger|
|Film Prize in Bronze: Age of Cannibals – Produced by: Milena Maitz, directed by: Johannes Naber|
Citizenfour – Produced by: Dirk Wilutzky, Laura Poitras and Mathilde Bonnefoy, directed by: Laura Poitras
The Pasta Detectives – Produced by: Philipp Budweg and Robert Marciniak, directed by: Neele Leana Vollmar
Stefan Weigl – Age of Cannibals
Sebastian Schipper – Victoria
Laia Costa – Victoria
Frederick Lau – Victoria
Nina Kunzendorf – Phoenix
Joel Basman – We Are Young. We Are Strong.
Sturla Brandth Grøvlen – Victoria
Robert Rzesacz – Who Am I – No System Is Safe
Silke Buhr – Who Am I – No System Is Safe
Barbara Grupp – Beloved Sisters
Nannie Gebhardt-Seele and Tatjana Krauskopf – Beloved Sisters
Nils Frahm – Victoria
Bernhard Joest-Däberitz, Florian Beck, Ansgar Frerich and Daniel Weis – Who Am I – No System Is Safe
Honig im Kopf – Produced by: Til Schweiger and Tom Zickler, directed by: Til Schweiger
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