Every year, Bildrausch presents two awards as part of the "Cutting Edge" international competition: an illustrious jury of experts determines the winners of the Bildrausch Ring of Film Art and the Peter Liechti Award. The individually designed rings have adorned the hands of filmmakers such as Ruth Beckermann, Lav Diaz, Yannis Economides, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Nanouk Leopold, Guy Maddin, Angela Schanelec, Shinya Tsakumoto, Teresa Villaverde and Apichatpong Weerasethakul. In addition, we also present an Honorary Award for Visionary Cinema at irregular intervals.

A Grand Prize with

Character: The



Christa Wegener

(Artelier, Basel)

The Bildrausch Ring of Film Art honours the best film of the "Cutting Edge" international competition. The silver ring is forged to measure, inscribed with the name of the winning film, the year of the festival and the name of the winner.


Adorned with a rough diamond, the Bildrausch Ring of Film Art represents the essence of unique, multi-layered films and the unifying power of cinema. As the main prize of the international competition, the ring honours an independent, outstanding film, which is rough on the edges but whose form is accomplished and authentic, and which combines narrative, images and sound to create a total work of art that is as powerful as it is necessary. The award comes with a cash prize worth CHF 5000.

A Special prize with

attitude: The Peter

Liechti Award


Gabriela Frei

(Goldschmiede Frei,

St. Gallen/Zurich)

The Peter Liechti Award commemorates the Swiss filmmaker and author Peter Liechti (1951-2014). It honours a film that stands out because of its special narrative or visual courage; a film that – as Liechti put it – "goes all out". A willingness to take risks was the credo that the radical yet generous and witty filmmaker not only demanded of himself, but also of his audiences: "I want people to go out on a limb with the film, far out where things actually get really uncomfortable." Peter Liechti was a jury member of the international competition at the very first Bildrausch – Filmfest Basel in 2011 and stayed connected with the festival during the remainder of his life.


The Peter Liechti Award also comes in the form of a ring that adorns the hand of the winner. The silver object is designed in a clear but expressive way, entirely in line with the spirit of Peter Liechti. A golden circle is embedded in the ring – the shape of a director's viewfinder. It stands for the idiosyncratic approach as well as the unique view of art and the world that are awarded with this ring.


The Peter Liechti Award, which comes with a cash prize of CHF 2000, is donated by the Basel-based company Tweaklab and Reck Filmproduktion Zürich.


Honorary Award

for Visionary Cinema


Susana Humanes


The Honorary Award for Visionary Cinema is awarded at irregular intervals to notable figures of international cinema, who have made an outstanding contribution to auteur filmmaking and film art. The first recipient was the American filmmaker and author Paul Schrader, who was given the gold ring in person in 2018.


The ring is engraved with a selection of the most important works of the filmmaker. In the middle of the writing, between two diamonds, are the name of the award winner and the title of the award.

Header image:
The Ring
© Bill Morrison