The Hof Gold Prize of the Friedrich Baur Foundation will be awarded by the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts in memory of Heinz Badewitz to a filmmaker for a first full-length feature film. The Film and Media Arts Department of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts will annually select a mentor from the Film and Media Arts department who will determine the award winner. The award consists of a certified bar of gold weighing in at one kilogram of pure gold (current market value approximately 35,000 euros). Additionally, the mentor will provide artistic consultation to the award winner for the duration of one year for the development of a new film.
All directors whose first full-length feature films premiere at the Hof International Film Festival and are German feature film productions are eligible for the Hof Gold Prize. Director Edgar Reitz (whose films include, among others, HEIMAT and DIE ANDERE HEIMAT) was the mentor of the Hof Gold Prize 2018, which was awarded to Luzie Loose for the film SWIMMING. This year Bernhard Sinkel, director, screenwriter, producer and head of the film department of the Bavarian Academy of Fine Arts, has taken over this task.