Berlinale or Berlin International Film Festival is one of the largest pubic audience orientated film festival since 1951. Berlinale is the most critical and political cinematic platform on social issues. Its European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund also play the central role in the European film industry.

  • The Competition is the festival’s centre piece and screens the films that will be talked about.

  • With its selection of radically distinctive styles, the Berlinale Shorts competition sets the trends for the art house cinema of tomorrow.

  • Sexy, edgy, daring. Panorama screens extraordinary cinema, is a traditional audience favorite and – with its own audience award – has the festival’s biggest jury.

  • The Forum & Forum Expanded stand for reflections on the medium of film, socio-artistic discourse and a particular sense for the aesthetic.

  • Generation presents films that matter – for young cineastes and everyone else.

  • In Perspective Deutsches Kino directing talents screen their debut films and bring a breath of fresh air to the cinema with their individual styles.

  • Berlinale Special offers space for the extraordinary, the glamorous and the festival’s special concerns.

  • Berlinale Series offers an exclusive first look at the most exciting new series productions from around the world.

  • Discover film history and view it anew in screenings of the highest quality: Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage.

  • The Culinary Cinema offers food for thought with films about the pleasures but also the dark sides of food.

  • Berlinale Goes Kiez brings festival films and their casts and crews to art house cinemas.

  • NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema is dedicated to the cinematic storytelling of Indigenous peoples.

Berlinale Highlight

The Competition is the festival’s centre piece and screens the films that will be talked about. Berlinale Special offers space for the extraordinary, the glamorous and the festival’s special concerns

Competition and Berlinale Special Head and Committee
Festival Director: Dieter Kosslick
Advisory Selection Committee: Karen Arikian, Marga Boehle, Vincenzo Bugno, Thomas Hailer, Matthijs Wouter-Knol, Anne Lakeberg, Winnie Lau, Paz Lázaro, Anke Leweke, Maryanne Redpath, Rainer Rother, Ralf Schenk, Linda Söffker, Wieland Speck, Florian Weghorn

Berlinale Shorts with its selection of radically distinctive styles, this competition sets the trends for the art house cinema of tomorrow.

Curator: Maike Mia Höhne
Selection Committee: Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck, Simone Späni, Maria Morata, Saskia Walker, Wilhelm Faber, Alejo Franzetti, Egbert Hörmann

Panorama screens extraordinary cinema that is sexy, edgy and daring. Panorama is a traditional audience favorite and – with its own audience award – has the festival’s biggest jury.

Head of Panorama: Paz Lázaro
Co-Curator: Michael Stütz
Advisory Selection Committee: Egbert Hörmann, Jenni Zylka, Jürgen Brüning, Sirkka Möller, Ana David, Verena von Stackelberg, Bartholomew Sammut

Berlinale: Forum and Forum Expanded

The Forum & Forum Expanded stand for reflections on the medium of film, socio-artistic discourse and a particular sense for the aesthetic.

Forum
Heads of Forum: Milena Gregor, Birgit Kohler, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Selection Committee: Anna Hoffmann, Hanna Keller, Birgit Kohler, James Lattimer, Anke Leweke, Stefanie Schulte Strathaus, Ansgar Vogt, Dorothee Wenner
Forum Expanded
Head of Forum Expanded: Stefanie Schulte Strathaus
Advisory Selection Committee: Anselm Franke, Maha Maamoun, Ulrich Ziemons

Generation presents films that matter – for young cineastes and everyone else.

Head of Generation: Maryanne Redpath
Advisory Selection Committee: Eleni Ampelakiotou, David Assmann, Ralph Etter, Ygor Gama, Simon Hofmann, Katharina Marioth, Natascha Noack, Carlos Pereira, Laura Schubert, Marguerite Seidel, Brigitte Zeitlmann

Perspective Deutsches Kino directing talents screen their debut films and bring a breath of fresh air to the cinema with their individual styles.

Head of Perspektive Deutsches Kino: Linda Söffker
Advisor: Linus de Paoli

Berlinale: Series

Berlinale Series offers an exclusive first look at the most exciting new series productions from around the world.

Head of Berlinale Series: Solmaz Azizi
Selection Committee: Lorna Bösel, Anna Katharina Brehm, Lin Franke, Thomas Hailer, Judith Klein, Paz Lázaro, Hella Rihl, Bartholomew Sammut

Discover film history and view it anew in screenings of the highest quality: Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage.

Homage and Honorary Golden Bear 2019: Charlotte Rampling

Head of Retrospective & Berlinale Classics: Rainer Rother
Curatorial Board: Connie Betz, Karin Herbst-Meßlinger (nur Retrospektive)

Culinary Cinema offers food for thought with films about the pleasures but also the dark sides of food.

Curator: Thomas Struck
Advisory Selection Committee: Paula Casado, Margit Dörner

NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema is dedicated to the cinematic storytelling of Indigenous peoples.

Curators: Maryanne Redpath, Anna Kalbhenn
Advisor: Christina Just

Berlinale Goes Kiez brings festival films and their casts and crews to art house cinemas.

5th SINO-EUROPEAN PRODUCTION SEMINAR
EFM Producers Hub, Gropius Bau, Berlin 13.02.2019

How to sell your films to China? Has the movie taste of Chinese audience changed? Who is who in the China film world? How Chinese distribution works? When talking about the Chinese film market, everyone in Europe has questions and doubts. Considering that China has already surpassed the North America as the largest market in the world with box office exceeding US$7.6 billion a year, it is important for European producers to catch up with understanding this most exciting and still under-explored film world – China. Bridging the Dragon is the special film lab designed for co-production films between China and Europa.

龙跃中欧合作项目实验室是为适合中欧合拍的项目打造的集训工作坊和智库。实验室每年举办一届,每届包含两期活动,每期持续3至4天。第一期活动在中国举办(如2015上海实验室、2016北京实验室和2017南京实验室)参与第一期活动的项目,会在数月后参加在欧洲举办的第二期活动(如2015洛迦诺实验室、2016威尼斯实验室和2018柏林实验室)。来自中欧的资深写作与制作导师将对项目方进行专业指导,讨论故事结构,提升涉及合作方国家情节的合理性,以及合拍可行性。适宜合拍的6至8个欧洲项目和6至8个中国项目将入选实验室。

BERLINALE

A constantly evolving festival

Berlinale brings the big international film stars to the festival and filmmakers to discover new talents. Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives like European Film Market and Co-production Market, Berlinale is a significant driver of film innovation and an important economic factor for creative companies in Germany.

Every year, around 400 films of all genres, lengths and formats are shown in the various sections and special presentations of the Berlinale. Across the spectrum from feature films to documentary forms and artistic experiments, the audience is invited to encounter highly contrasting milieus, ways of life and attitudes, to put their own judgements and prejudices to the test and to reinvigorate their experience of seeing and perceiving in the realm between classic narrative forms and extraordinary aesthetics. The programme also thrives on an intense dialogue with its audiences. A rich array of spoken-word events, audience discussions and expert panels facilitate an active participation in the festival.