Berlin is famous for being a cosmopolitan, exciting capital with international appeal. This becomes particularly apparent during the Berlinale, one of the most important events in the international film industry's calendar.
More than 20,000 film professionals and critics as well as numerous film fans from more than 120 countries are accredited for and visit the Berlin International Film Festival each year. With over 330,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale draws the largest audience of any film festival in the world by far.
But the festival has much more to offer than just the screening of films. For two weeks, workshops, panel discussions and joint projects encourage collaboration between all the participants. And at the exclusive Berlinale parties, people, art, glamour and business meet.
The International Jury decides who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale Competition. In 2017, the Berlinale jury was chaired by Dutch director and screenwriter Paul Verhoeven. Other members of the jury included US actress Maggie Gyllenhaal, Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, Mexican actor and director Diego Luna, German actress Julia Jentsch, Tunesian producer Dora Bouchoucha Fourati, and Chinese director and screenwriter Wang Quan'an.
On February 9, 2017, the 67th Berlin International Film Festival opened with the world premiere of Etienne Comar's directorial debut "Django". The French biopic revolves around Django Reinhardt, the famous guitarist and composer, and his escape from German-occupied Paris in 1943.
The Berlinale's programme includes about 400 films of various genres and formats that are open to the general public, the vast majority of which are world or European premieres.
It is divided into different sections, each with a unique profile: Major international productions in the Competition, independent and art-house productions in Panorama, films for a young audience in the Generation category, the most exciting German cinema productions in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, an in-depth look at films from "distant" countries and experimental forms in the Forum, and an investigation of various other cinematic possibilities in the Berlinale Shorts.
The programme is topped off by a thematic Retrospective and a Homage that focuses on the life's work of a great film personality. Both these categories, which are curated by the Berlin Film Museum, aim to place contemporary cinema within a historical context.
The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair that is part of the Berlinale where 400 companies and 8,000 film professionals foster synergies, has developed into one of the most important events for the international film business. The Berlinale and the EFM, the festival and the market, form a unique network of formal and informal connections - also to the benefit of Berlin as a location for film-making.
Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival
|Opening Hours:||15 - 25 February 2018|
|Internet:||Official Berlinale Website (in English)|
|Miscellaneous:||The films are screened in several cinemas in the city centre with the Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz as the central venue. The festival programme and detailed information about advance ticket sales are available at the Berlinale Website.|