The eight-member international jury under the presidency ofCharlotte Rampling was announced today, January 17th.For the first time in 56 years of the Berlin International Film Festival, thejury will announce the winners during the awards ceremony on February 18.

The international jury awards the following prizes to filmsscreened in the Competition: The Golden Bear for Best Film (for the producer),the Jury Grand Prix Silver Bear, the Silver Bear for Best Director, the SilverBear for Best Actress, the Silver Bear for Best Actor, the Silver Bear for AnOutstanding Artistic Achievement and the Silver Bear for Best Film Music. Thejury also awards the Alfred Bauer Prize in memory of the Berlinale'sfounder to a feature film which is deemed to open up a new perspective oncinematic art.

Heading up the jury is president, Charlotte Rampling, who has worked with LuchinoVisconti (TheDamned), Woody Allen (StardustMemories), John Boorman (Zardoz), Sydney Lumet (The Verdict)and Alan Parker (Angel Heart). Forher role in Swimming Pool by FrançoisOzon, she received the European Film Award for BestActress in 2003.

The other seven members of the international jury aremulti-media American artist Matthew Barney, Indian producer Yash Chopra, Netherlandsdirector Marleen Gorris,Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminski, actors Lee Young-ae from The Republic of Korea and ArminMueller-Stahl from GermanyandAmerican producer, Fred Roos.

The New Yorkmulti-media artist Matthew Barney between 1994 and 2002, created a five-partseries of art films, The Cremaster Cycle. His most recent film Drawing Restraint 9 a collaboration withhis wife, singer Björk has found a UShome at IFC Films and is scheduled to openat the IFC Centre in New York at the end of March before expanding to other regions.

Bollywood musical producer, Yash Chopra began his career as a filmmaker in 1959, andhas produced some 30 movies with his own studio, YashRaj Films. His love story Veer-Zaara won several of the International Indian Film Academy'smajor awards in 2005.

Netherlands'director Marleen Gorris woninternational acclaim with her directorial debut, A Question of Silence (1982), whilst her family chronicle Antonia's Line (1995) received the Oscarfor Best Foreign Film.

Polish cinematographer Janusz Kaminskiis a two time Oscar-winner and has collaborated with Steven Spielberg since1989 working on films such as Schindler'sList, Amistad,Saving Private Ryan and War of theWorlds as well as Spielberg's latest film, Munich. He directed his first feature thriller Lost Souls in 2000.

Lee Young-ae is one of South Korea's most popular actresses. In 2005 theactress received several prizes including the Blue Dragon Film Award for herleading role in drama Sympathy for LadyVengeance.

German actor, Armin Mueller-Stahlbegan his career in East Germanyworking with director Frank Beyer in films like Naked Among Wolves and Jacob the Liar. After moving to the West he attained internationalstatus with films such as Lola byRainer Werner Fassbinder. In 1996, he was nominatedfor an Oscar for his role in Shineand was honoured with the Silver Bear in 1992 for his performance in Utz.

American producer, Fred Roos ascasting director for George Lucas and John Huston, discovered talents likeHarrison Ford, Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise. His most recent productions forthis nine-time Oscar winner include Francis Ford Coppola's Youth Without Youth and Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette.