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.
US-American actor Willem Dafoe receives this year’s B3 BEN Award in the category Most Influential Artist. The award thus goes to one of the most versatile and sought-after actors of his generation. Dafoe’s oeuvre includes over 100 films, which have been honored with a total of four Oscar nominations in addition to many other prizes.
The B3 BEN Award for Most Important Artist in the category Gesamtkunstwerk goes to German artist Anne Imhof. She lives and works in Berlin and New York. Her work includes drawing, painting, music as well as installations and performances.
Succeeding Laurie Anderson (2013) and Brian Eno (2015), 2017 Ingvild Goetz and the Lithuanian-American film pioneer Jonas Mekas (born in 1922) received the B3 Biennale of the Moving Image lifetime achievement award. 2019 Oscar-winning director Steve McQueen from Britain was awarded the BEN main prize in the category Most Influential Moving Image Artist.