Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival

Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival

09 - 20 june 2021

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.

Summer Festival in June 2021

Due to Corona, the Berlinale will not take place in February as usual. While an online industry meeting is planned for March, the audience events are scheduled for June 2021. Since it is unclear which restrictions exist at that time, the summer festival is to be held decentralized in several cinemas and open air. A grand opening on the red carpet is nevertheless planned. The awarding of the Golden and Silver Bears will also not take place until June.

Berlinale Jury 2021

Each year, the jury awards a total of eight prizes, including the Golden Bear for Best Film and the Silver Bears for Best Actress and Best Actor. The 2021 International Jury consists of filmmakers who won a Golden Bear at the 2020 Berlinale: Mohammed Rassulof, the Nadav Lapid, Adina Pintilie, Ildikó Enyedi, Gianfranco Rosi and Jasmila Žbanić. There is no jury chair this time. Except for Mohammed Rassulof, who cannot leave Iran, the jury members will watch the competition films in Berlin.

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
11 - 21 February 2021
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: 2. February 2021