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Berlinale - International Film Festival

11th - 21st of February 2016

The Berlinale is the city’s most glamourous event. With more than 400 films shown it attracts the elite of the film industry as well as the largest audience of any film festival in the world.
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Berlinale - International Film Festival

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 19,000 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 300,000 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 Berlin Film Festival's Programme

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.

A Unique Network: The Berlinale and the European Film Market

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.

Berlin Film Festival 2015

The Berlinale celebrated its 65th birthday in 2015. Iranian director Jafar Panahi won the Golden Bear for Best Film ("Taxi"). The Grand Jury Prize went to "El Club" by Pablo Larraín.
Address: Berlinale - International Film Festival
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
Opening Hours: 11th - 21st of February 2016
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.

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