This famous award is presented annually since 1995 to a personality who has made outstanding achievements within film culture and film industry. It receives its name from director Douglas Sirk, born in Hamburg as Detlef Sierck. Amongst others he shot the film "La Habanera" for Ufa films. After his migration to the USA in 1937 he became famous in Hollywood for his colour-intense melodramas ("All That Heaven Allows").
In the past years the price has been awarded to Isabelle Huppert, Clint Eastwood, Stephen Frears, Jodie Foster, the Danish production company Zentropa Productions, Peter Weir, Jim Jarmusch, Wong Kar-wai, Majid Majidi, Aki Kaurismäki, François Ozon, Gérard Depardieu, David Cronenberg and Atom Egoyan, all of whom received the crystal, designed and formed by the designer Georg Plum.
In 2012 Korean director Kim Ki-duk was honoured with the Douglas-Sirk-Award.