Berlin International Film Festival (German: Internationale
Filmfestspiele Berlin), usually called the Berlinale, is a film
festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin
in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978.
With around 300,000 tickets sold and 500,000 admissions each year, it
has the largest public attendance of any annual film festival. Up
to 400 films are shown in several sections across cinematic genres.
Around twenty films compete for the festival's top awards, called the
Golden Bear and several Silver Bears. Since 2001 the director of the
festival has been Dieter Kosslick.
The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair held simultaneously
to the Berlinale, is a major industry meeting for the international
film circuit. The trade fair serves distributors, film buyers,
producers, financiers and co-production agents. The Berlinale Talents,
a week-long series of lectures and workshops, is a gathering of young
filmmakers held in partnership with the festival.
The film festival, EFM, and other satellite events are attended by
around 20,000 professionals from over 130 countries. More than 4200
journalists produce media coverage in over 110 countries. At some
high-profile feature film premieres held during the festival, movie
stars and celebrities are present on the red carpet.
2 Festival programme
4 European Film Market
5 Berlinale Talents
7 See also
9 External links
Berlin International Film Festival was founded in West
1951, with film historian Dr. Alfred Bauer as its first director, a
position he would hold until 1976. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca
opened the first festival which ran from June 6-17th.
Bauer was succeeded by film journalist Wolf Donner in 1976. After
his first Berlinale in June 1977, he successfully negotiated the shift
of the festival from the summer to February (February 22nd - March 5th
1978), a change which has remained ever since.
After only three years in the role, Donner was followed by Moritz de
Hadeln who held the position from 1980  until current director
Dieter Kosslick took over in 2001.
Venues of the festival are spread throughout the central city
The Berlinale Palast is the venue for the competition premieres
The festival is composed of seven different film sections. Films
are chosen in each category by a section director with the advice of a
committee of film experts. Categories include:
Competition: comprises feature-length films yet to be released outside
their country of origin. Films in the Competition section compete for
several prizes, including the top
Golden Bear for the best film and a
series of Silver Bears for acting, writing and production.
Panorama: comprises new independent and arthouse films that deal with
"controversial subjects or unconventional aesthetic styles". Films in
the category are intended to provoke discussion, and have historically
involved themes such as
Forum: comprises experimental and documentary films from around the
world with a particular emphasis on screening works by younger
filmmakers. There are no format or genre restrictions, and films in
the Forum do not compete for awards.
Generation: comprises a mixture of short and feature-length films
aimed at children and youths. Films in the Generation section compete
in two sub-categories: Generation Kplus (aimed at those aged four and
above) and Generation 14plus (aimed at those aged fourteen and above).
Awards in the section are determined by three separate juries—the
Children's Jury, the Youth Jury and an international jury of
experts—whose decisions are made independent of one another.
Perspektive Deutsches Kino: comprises a wide variety of German films,
with an emphasis on highlighting current trends in German cinema.
There are few entry requirements, enabling emerging filmmakers to
display their work to domestic and international audiences.
Berlinale Shorts: comprises domestic and international short films,
especially those that demonstrate innovative approaches to filmmaking.
Films in the category compete for the
Golden Bear for the best short
film, as well as a jury-nominated Silver Bear.
Retrospective: comprises classic films previously shown at the
Berlinale, with films collated from the Competition, Forum, Panorama
and Generation categories. Each year, the Retrospective section is
dedicated to important themes or filmmakers. The special Homage series
similarly examines past cinema, with a focus on honouring the life
work of directors and actors.
In addition to the seven sections, the Berlinale also contains several
linked "curated special series", including the Berlinale Special, Gala
Special, Forum 5, Culinary Cinema and the Homage. Since 2002 a
50-second trailer opens the performances in all sections of the
festival with the exception of the Retrospective.
Main article: Golden Bear
Golden Bear statue
Jafar Panahi holds his Silver Bear statue at the 2006 festival.
Golden Bear (German: Goldener Bär) is the highest prize awarded
for the best film at the
Berlin International Film Festival.
Golden Bear (Goldener Bär)
Best Motion Picture (since 1951)
Best Short Film (since 1956)
Lifetime Achievement (Honorary Golden Bear) (since 1982)
Silver Bear (Silberner Bär)
"Silver Bear" redirects here. For other uses, see Silver Bear
The Silver Bear was introduced in 1956 as an award for individual
achievements in direction and acting, and for best short film.
In 1965 a special film award for the runner-up to the
Golden Bear was
introduced. Although its official name was the
Special Jury Price from
1965 to 1999, and has been the
Jury Grand Prix since 2000, it is
commonly known as the Silver Bear (just like the awards for individual
achievements) as it is regarded as a second place award after the
In 1978, a Silver Bear for special recognitions was introduced, in
2002 a Silver Bear for best film music, and in 2008 an award for best
Jury Grand Prix (since 1965)
Alfred Bauer Prize: in memory of the Festival Founder—for a feature
film that opens new perspectives on cinematic art
Best Director (since 1956)
Best Actor (since 1956)
Best Actress (since 1956)
Best Short Film (since 1956)
Outstanding Artistic Achievement (since 1978)
Best Film Music (since 2002)
Best Script (since 2008)
Other awards at the
Berlin International Film Festival
Panorama Publikumspreis, the Audience Award
Berlinale Camera, a special award for services to the Festival
A Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the 14plus section of the
A Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the children's section of the
Teddy Award for films with
Shooting Stars Award for young European acting talent, awarded by
European Film Promotion
European Film Market
The European Film Market takes place at the Martin-Gropius-Bau.
The European Film Market (EFM) is one of three largest movie markets
in the world. It is the business centre during the time of the
Berlinale Film Festival. The EFM is the major venue for film
producers, buyers, financiers, sales agents, and distributors. It is a
professional trade event, so is open to registered industry insiders.
In 2011, 400 companies registered and 6,982 market badges were issued;
1,532 buyers have registered.
The trade fair provides exhibition space for companies presenting
their current line-up. It organizes over 1000 screenings of new films,
which take place at movie theatres around Potsdamer Platz. In 2007,
the CinemaxX and CineStar were used to showcase new productions. In
2010, the Astor Film Lounge showed market screenings in three
dimensions using digital RealD technology.
The Berlinale Co-Production Market is a three-day networking platform
for producers and financiers, as well as broadcasting and funding
representatives who are participating in international co-productions.
At the Berlinale Co-Production Market, producers can introduce
selected projects and find co-production partners and/or financiers in
Wim Wenders attended the Talent Campus as a lecturer
Main article: Berlinale Talents
Commencing in 2003, the Berlinale has partnered with the Berlinale
Talents (previously Berlinale Talent Campus), which is a winter school
for "up-and-coming filmmakers" that takes place at the same time as
the festival. The Talent Campus accepts about 250 applicants each
year; the attendees come from around the world, and represent all of
the filmmaking professions.
The event runs six days during the Berlinale and features lectures and
panel discussions with well-known professionals addressing issues in
filmmaking. Workshops, excursions, personal tutoring, coaching, and
training of participants from different fields of work are part of the
The proceedings include presentations by distinguished experts,
who have included Park Chan-wook, Frances McDormand, Stephen Frears,
Dennis Hopper, Jia Zhangke, Walter Murch, Shah Rukh Khan, Joshua
Oppenheimer, Anthony Minghella, Charlotte Rampling, Walter Salles,
Ridley Scott, Raoul Peck, Tom Tykwer, Mike Leigh, Tilda Swinton, and
Wim Wenders. Many of these presentations and lectures
are archived, both as video recordings and as transcripts, on the
Talent Campus' website.
Christopher Lee at Berlinale in 2013
Jeremy Irons at Berlinale in 2013
Potsdamer Platz houses two large multiplex cinemas
Around 20,000 professionals from over 130 countries attend the
festival every year
Sharon Stone at the premiere of
When a Man Falls in the Forest at
Berlinale in 2007
Kino International is one of three ticketing centers
Bai Ling in 2007
Cubix Kino at Alexanderplatz
The audience has the opportunity to discuss the film with producers
and directors after the presentation
Conference after a screening
Sophia Myles at Berlinale in 2007
The Friedrichstadtpalast became a cinema location in 2009
Roland Emmerich, 2005 Jury President
Clint Eastwood at Berlinale in 2007
Werner Herzog, 2010 Jury President
European Union portal
Cinema of Europe
List of films set in Berlin
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