Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival

Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival

20 February - 1 March 2020

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

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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.

Berlinale Jury 2020

The International Jury decides who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the Berlinale Competition. Jury president of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020 is British actor Jeremy Irons. Other members of the jury include Bérénice Bejo, Bettina Brokemper, Annemarie Jacir, Kenneth Lonergan, Luca Marinelli and Kleber Mendonça Filho.

Opening film Berlinale 2020: "My Salinger Year"

Philippe Falardeau's "My Salinger Year" will open this year's Berlinale. The coming-of-age story follows the young writer Joana, who works as an assistant to Frahlingin Margaret. Part of her job is to answer the fan mail addressed to the famous author J.D. Salinger. The film is based on the novel of the same name by Joanna Rakoff. It stars Margaret Qualley, Sigourney Weaver and Douglas Booth.

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.

Photo Galleries (in German)

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    Berlinale 2019: Preisverleihung
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    Berlinale Eröffnungsgala 2019

Main venue: Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz

Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1
10785 Berlin
Opening Hours
20 February - 1 March 2020
Official Berlinale Website (in English)
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.

Public transportation

Train (S-Bahn)
Potsdamer Platz
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Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz has been redeveloped as the new centre of Berlin after the fall of the Wall. A bustling traffic intersection in the 1920s, it became desolate after WW II and part of the border strip. more

Source: Berlin International Film Festival/BerlinOnline

| Last edited: 17. February 2020