The ASKANIA AWARD has been a highlight among the many outstanding events in Berlin for 14 years now.

In 2022, the AWARD ceremony took place at the Capital Club of the Hilton Hotel Berlin. On June 18, numerous prominent representatives from the worlds of film, television, business and politics came together once again to select the winners for the year 2022.


Building on the great times of German film in the 1920s and the cinematic tradition of ASKANIA, the ASKANIA AWARD was launched in 2008, distinguishing the achievements of German film each year ever since.

During the opening week of the Berlinale, ASKANIA has been honoring personalities from the film industry with the ASKANIA AWARD, and the ASKANIA Shooting Star AWARD ever since 2008. Furthermore, since 2016, the ASKANIA Lifetime Achievement AWARD has been awarded and additionally, the Special Award in the field of film music has been awarded since 2020.

The Winners 2022

Best Actress:
Suzanne von Borsody

This year’s award winner comes from an artist family. She is the daughter of the actor-couple Hans von Borsody and Rosemarie Fendel, who both died in 2013. The parents separated when she was four years old. She grew up with her mother. Her grandfather, Eduard von Borsody, was a film director, her great-uncle, Julius von Borsody, was a film architect and set designer at Wien-Film, the Babelsberg Film Studio and Bavaria Film. Her half-sister Cosima von Borsody is also an actress.

From 1990 to 1999 she was in a relationship with her colleague actor Heino Ferch, with whom she performed in several film projects. Since April 2014, she has been married to her long-term partner Jens Schniedenharn. The couple lives in Munich and Berlin.

She had her first TV appearance in 1964, in Der Fahrplan episode of the TV series Das Kriminalmuseum alongside her mother Rosemarie Fendel. Her first major television role was in 1978, in Hartmut Griesmayr’s television film Adoptionen. In 1979 she received the Golden Camera for the role of Beate S. in the TV series of the same title, and an honorable mention at the Adolf Grimme Award in 1981. In 1980 she was awarded the German Actor’s Award for her role in Axel Corti’s Das eine Glück und das andere. In 1999, she was hired by the director Margarethe von Trotta to perform in the four-part TV film Jahrestage, based on Uwe Johnson’s novel of the same title, in which she played the leading role of Gesine Cresspahl.

During this time she also played other roles in Margarethe von Trotta’s films, such as the role of the alcoholic Angela in Dunkle Tage (1999), the role of Marga Nielsen in Die Morderin (1999), and the role of the brave prison director Ella Jansen, who lets herself be exchanged for a hostage in Die Geisel (2003). She also acted in international productions, such as in the role of Anita Zorzi de Lucca in Todliches Geld (Deadly Money, 1995) alongside Michel Piccoli or alongside Richard Chamberlain in Die verlorene Tochter (The Lost Daughter ,1997).

She also performs as a voice actress, and received the German Synchronization Award in 2007 for her synchronization of the voice of Joan Allen in Sally Potter’s British-American film drama Yes.

We are pleased to honor Suzanne von Borsody this year at the ASKANIA AWARD 2022.

Honored with TEGEL

Best Actor:
Jan-Joseph Liefers

He belongs to a stage family. His father was the director Karlheinz Liefers (1941–2006), his mother is the actress Brigitte Liefers-Waehner, and his grandfather, Heinz Liefers, was also an actor. Liefers grew up in Dresden. Occasionally, he lived with his grandmother in Erfurt.

He made his cinema debut in 1989, in the joint production of ZDF and DEFA – Die Besteigung des Chimborazo by Rainer Simon, in which he played the young explorer Alexander von Humboldt. In the period from 1995 to1996, alongside Ann-Kathrin Kramer, he played the Düsseldorf private detective Philip Casdorff in the twenty-sixth TV crime series Die Partner. In the same year he succeeded in making his breakthrough with Rossini: oder die mörderische Frage, wer mit wem schlief. He received the Bavarian Film Award for Young Actors for the role of Bodo Kriegnitz. In 1997, the German road movie Knocking’ on Heaven’s Door was released in which, alongside Til Schweiger, he played the role of Rudi Wurlitzer, who was diagnosed with bone cancer. The film was a great success and had an audience of over three million viewers. In 2000, he was awarded the German Academy of Performing Arts TV Film Award for his role of the guitar player Johnny in the tragicomedy Halt mich fest!, alongside his future wife Anna Loos.

Since 2002, he has been in front of the camera twice a year with Axel Prahl for the WDR Tatort series in the role of the forensic expert Karl-Friedrich Boerne in Muenster.

In addition to his works on stage and in front of the camera, he also managed to build a successful career as a musician.

We are pleased to honor Jan-Joseph Liefers this year at the ASKANIA AWARD 2022.

Honored with AVUS

ASKANIA Shootingstar:
Justus Johannsen

He grew up in Hamburg and completed his acting training at the HFF Potsdam in the period between October 2014 and 2018. In the 2015/16 season, he performed at the Hans Otto Theater in Potsdam as Erich in the Fassbinder play Katzelmacher.
He has been in front of the camera since 2014, and made his film debut in Bodo Fuerneisen’s short film Talfallzug. He played episode roles in the TV series Der Kriminalist and Die Pfefferkörner. Furthermore, he appeared in Christian Schwochow’s drama NSU: Die Täter – Heute ist nicht alle Tage.

In June 2017, he acted in a supporting role in Tatort Berlin: Amour Fou; where he played the role of Duran Bolic, a Croatian adolescent coming from a difficult social background in a hotspot district in Berlin-Neukölln, who is now about to graduate from high school after previous criminal career, and is supported by a homosexual couple.

In the 15th season of the ZDF-series Notruf Hafenkante, he took one of the episode’s leading roles as a suspect and previously convicted ex-business student who runs a flower shop together with his mother and younger brother.

We are pleased to honor Justus Johanssen this year at the ASKANIA AWARD 2022.

Honored with TAIFUN

Photo Gallery ASKANIA Award 2022

Pictures: ©Agentur Baganz and ©Freundesgut Verlag & Marketing GmbH

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