Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival

Berlin, Germany, Europe

10 - 20 Feb, 2022

Academy Award ® Qualifying European Film Award Qualifying FIAPF

Keywords

epic, experimental, ecology, youth, lgbt, queer, kids, historical, fiction, debut, short, animation, horror, Documentary, sci-fi, fantasy, romance, action, comedy, drama, sport, news, adult, crime, musical, thriller, western, enviromental

Category

Feature, Short

Genre

Documentary, Animation, Comedy, Romance, Sport, Action, Drama, Adult, Crime, Experimental, Fantasy, Historical/Epic, Horror, Musical/dance, Sci-Fi, Thriller, Western

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Berlin, Germany, Europe

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General Information

founded

1880

edition

71st

organizers

Mariette Rissenbeek

Executive Director

Wilhelm Faber

Strategic Projects

Karin Hoffinger

International Relations

Daniela Weber

Programme Organisation

Petra Schierke

Programme Coordination

Carlo Chatrian

Artistic Director

Adrienne Boros

Administration Manager

Mark Peranson

Selection committee

Lorenzo Esposito

Selection committee

Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck

Head of Berlinale Shorts

Linn Löffler

Programme Coordination

Maryanne Redpath

Head of Generation

Linda Söffker

Head of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Wilhelm Faber

Programme Coordination Berlinale Special

Julia Fidel

Head of Berlinale Series

Dr. Rainer Rother

Head of Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Florian Weghorn

Programme Manager

Christine Tröstrum

Project Manager

Vincenzo Bugno

Head of the WCF

Bernadette Kamp

Head of Event Management

Gunnar Gilgen

Head of Guest Management

Andreea Dinca

Guest Relations

Sophie Joos

Guest Relations

Team Lead

Special Guests Protocol

Marit Bechtloff

Film Delegations Protocol

Patrick Hanbaba

Head of Accreditation

Ingo Franke

Head of Ticket Office

Marc Völz

Head of Hotel Reservation Department

Anne Marburger

Head of Communications & Marketing

Frauke Greiner

Head of Press and Publicity

Kathrin Schafroth

Head of Sponsorship

Contact details

Berlin International Film Festival contact details

Potsdamer Platz 11

Berlin, Germany 10785

info@berlinale.de

+49 30 25920-0

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Audience

479365 people

About the festival

 

The Berlinale: A Constantly Evolving Festival

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.

The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals.

The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams and visions.

Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin.

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Facts & Figures of the 2020 Berlinale

The Programme: Diverse, Independent and Daring

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.

Mission

Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, more than 19,000 professional visitors from 115 countries, including 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

About
 

The Berlinale: A Constantly Evolving Festival

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.

The Berlin International Film Festival enjoys an eventful history. The festival was created for the Berlin public in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War, as a “showcase of the free world”. Shaped by the turbulent post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social issues. To this day it is considered the most political of all the major film festivals.

The Berlinale brings the big stars of international cinema to Berlin and discovers new talents. It accompanies filmmakers of all disciplines on their paths into the spotlight and supports careers, projects, dreams and visions.

Thanks to its numerous industry initiatives, the Berlinale is a significant driver of innovation and an important economic factor internationally as well as for companies in Germany and Berlin.

Go to

Facts & Figures of the 2020 Berlinale

The Programme: Diverse, Independent and Daring

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.

Mission

Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, more than 19,000 professional visitors from 115 countries, including 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.

Gallery

Awards & Winners

2021

Golden Bear for Best Film (Winner)

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize (Winner)

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Director (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Leading Performance (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Supporting Performance (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay (Winner)

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Winner)

Best Film (Winner)

We (2021)  - Alice Diop Director(s): Alice Diop Winner(s): Alice Diop

Special Jury Award (Winner)

Taste (2021)  - Bao Le Director(s): Bao Le Winner(s): Bao Le

Best Director (ex aequo) (Winner)

Best Director (ex aequo) (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Golden Bear for Best Short Film (Winner)

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Winner)

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards (Winner)

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards (Winner)

Grand Prix for the Best Film in the Kplus competition (Winner)

Summer Blur (2021)  - Shuai Han Director(s): Shuai Han Winner(s): Shuai Han

Special Mention in the Kplus competition (Winner)

Grand Prix for the Best Film in the 14plus competition (Winner)

Special Mention in the 14plus competition (Winner)

Cryptozoo (2021) - Dash Shaw Director(s): Dash Shaw Winner(s): Dash Shaw

Prize Winner Competition 2021 (Winner)

Prize Winner Encounters 2021 (Winner)

Prize Winner Encounters 2021 (Winner)

Prize Winner Panorama 2021 (Winner)

Prize Winner Panorama 2021 (Winner)

Prize Winner Forum 2021 (Winner)

2020

Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Winner)

Special Jury Prize (Winner)

Label Europa Cinemas (Winner)

Hope (2019)  Director(s): Maria Sødahl

Peace Film Award (Winner)

Best First Feature (Winner)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Kids Run (2020)  Director(s): Barbara Ott

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Minyan (2020)  Director(s): Eric Steel

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Sleep (2020)  Director(s): Michael Venus

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Best First Feature (Nominated)

Golden Bear for Best Film (awarded to the film’s producers) (Winner)

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Director (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Actress (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Actor (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay (Winner)

Favolacce (2020) Director(s):

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Winner)

The Silver Bear - 70th Berlinale (Winner)

Special Jury Award (Winner)

Best Director (Winner)

Malmkrog (2020)  Director(s): Cristi Puiu

Special Mention (Winner)

Isabella (2020) Director(s): Matías Piñeiro

GWFF Best First Feature (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Berlinale Documentary Award (Winner)

Irradiated (2020)  Director(s): Rithy Panh

Special Mention (Winner)

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) (Winner)

Audi Short Film Award (Winner)

Berlin Short Film Candidate For The European Film Awards (Winner)

Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film (Winner)

The Name of the Son (2019) Director(s): Martina Matzkin

Special Mention (Winner)

Miss (2019) Director(s): Amira Géhanne Khalfallah

The Grand Prix of the International Jury in Generation Kplus for the Best Film (Winner)

Special Mentions (Winner)

Special Mentions (Winner)

The Special Prize of the International Jury in Generation Kplus for the Best Short Film (Winner)

The Name of the Son (2019) Director(s): Martina Matzkin

Special Mention (Winner)

The Kites (2020) Director(s): Seyed Payam Hosseini

Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film (Winner)

Clebs (2019)  Director(s): Halima Ouardiri

Special Mention (Winner)

Goodbye Golovin (2019) Director(s): Mathieu Grimard

The Grand Prix of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Film (Winner)

Special Mention (Winner)

Voices in the Wind (2020) Director(s): Nobuhiro Suwa

Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for the Best Short Film (Winner)

Clebs (2019)  Director(s): Halima Ouardiri

Special Mention (Winner)

2019

Golden Bear (Winner)

Synonyms (2019)  Director(s): Nadav Lapid

Competition (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Director (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Actor (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Actor (Winner)

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay (Winner)

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution (Winner)

GWFF Best First Feature Award (Winner)

Glashütte Original – Documentary Award (Winner)

Golden Bear for Best Short Film (Winner)

Silver Bear Jury Prize (Short Film) (Winner)

Audi Short Film Award (Winner)

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards (Winner)

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards (Winner)

Crystal Bear for the Best Film (Kplus) (Winner)

Crystal Bear for the for the Best Short Film (Kplus) (Winner)

Crystal Bear for the for the Best Short Film (14plus) (Winner)

Tattoo (2019)  Director(s): Farhad Delaram

2018

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize (Winner)

Special Mention (Kplus Short Film) (Winner)

#bullyingstory (2018) Director(s): Eef Hilgers

Crystal Bear for the for the Best Film (14plus) (Winner)

Terms and rules

  • Date of completion: within the 12 months prior to festival;
  • World or International premieres are given priority;
  • Accepted formats for Competition section: DCP, 35mm, 70mm, 3D (depending on the theatre);
  • Accepted formats for Panorama, Forum and Generation sections: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm (depending on the theatre);
  • Accepted formats for Berlinale Shorts section: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm.

The festival does not present television formats, industry films or commercials. German films need to  be world premieres, except those submitted to Perspektive Deutsches Kino.

Additional Information

Shipping of prints, tapes and DVDs

  • The full cost of sending screening media for selection, including customs fees and insurance of all prints, as well as their return freight, must be borne by the producer or his authorised representatives. The festival is only responsible for the costs of storage and insurance of films while they are on the premises of the festival in Berlin;
  • Tapes and DVDs should be marked ‘Sample’;
  • All 35mm prints originating outside the European Single Market – regardless of whether they are submitted for selection or invited to participate in the festival – are subject to rules governing temporary imports. It is recommended that they are sent via the festival‘s shipping agent who will handle temporary import of the prints into Germany. Film prints handled by the festival‘s shipping agent can only be returned by air freight through the same. Costs of temporary import must be borne by the producer or his authorised representative.

Liability of the festival

In case of damage or loss of a print, either during the selection process or during the festival itself, the festival is liable only for the cost of striking a new print at the rate charged by film laboratories for ordering a standard print.

Return of film prints and tapes/DVDs

  • Provided the entry fees have been paid, film prints will be returned by the Festival or its shipping agent according to the print owner’s instructions on cash on delivery basis. All transportation costs are the responsibility of the entrant. All prints imported temporarily into Germany by the festival‘s shipping agent must be exported by the same and by air freight;
  • All tapes and DVDs submitted for selection will be returned only at the express wish of the owner and at the owner’s expense. Requests for return of material can be made to films@berlinale.de up to six months after the festival;
  • Upon explicit demand, the submitted material may also be destroyed by the festival. In this case it is similarly necessary to send the respective instruction to films@berlinale.de within six months after the festival;
  • After this period all unfinished versions of films will be deleted and the remaining media will be archived in the reference collections of Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen for the sole purpose of onsite documentation and research – excluding any loan or public presentation, in order to protect the interests of the filmmakers and the producers.

Entry fees

Films will only be considered for selection after the entry fee is received. The fee for submitting a long film is € 150 (7% VAT included) regardless of the number of sections for which the film is entered. The fee for short films is € 60.

Means of payment

  • Payment of the entry fee is to be effected by credit card during the online submission;
  • Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted;
  • There are special conditions for filmschools and film institutes. Please contact the programme organisation at programme@berlinale.de for further details.

Programming

Programming is at the sole discretion of the Directors of each festival section and their decision is final and irrevocable. Each film may be screened up to five times during the festival.

Participants’ obligations

  • No film selected may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its publication. During the festival no film selected may be screened outside the Festival venues before its official presentation at the festival;
  • Participation in the festival requires the unconditional adherence to its regulations as set out here. Producers, distributors or other organisations submitting a film must ensure that they are legitimately entitled to enter a film in the festival. Please note that each festival section has its own terms and conditions of entry;
  • The festival director reserves the right to settle any case not covered by these regulations.

Submit online film entry.

Subtitles language: english and/or german 

Premiere Requirements

World premiere required.

Jury and Organizers

Festival Director
Director, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Dieter Kosslick

Programme Manager Competition & Berlinale Special
Lorna Bösel

Programme Coordination Competition & Series
Judith Klein

Assistant to Festival Director
Sabine Gebauer

Assistant to Festival Director
Johanna Glaser

Berlinale Curator
Thomas Hailer

Ratings & Reviews

Categories and fees

Berlin Short Film Candidate for the European Film Awards

Berlinale Shorts
Regular (17th November, 2021) €75
Runtime - 30 minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Fiction, documentary, animation, hybrid and experimental films, which fulfil the following criteria: maximum length of 30 min (including credits). have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking). have not been broadcast nor presented on the Internet/VOD. World premieres are preferred. German films have to be World Premieres to be eligible for Berlinale Shorts Accepted formats are: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. International premiere (German productions and co-productions have to be world premieres) Golden Bear, Silver Bear, Berlin EFA Nominee, Teddy Award

Prizes of the FIPRESCI Jury

Forum
Early Bird (3rd November, 2020) €175
Regular (3rd November, 2020) €175
Late (3rd November, 2020) €175
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which have not been released in Europe other than in their country of origin. have not been screened at any other German or European film festival. A presentation at festivals in the country of origin (except for German films) will be accepted. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible outside of Europe / in the country of origin (geoblocking). have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet / VOD other than in their country of origin (except German films). are available in the formats DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. are meant to be released in film theatres. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as the country of origin. World premieres are preferred. German films applying for Forum need to be a European premiere as minimum requirement and may not have been presented publicly in Germany (festival, theatrical release, TV, Internet, VOD). The head of the Forum section reserves the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations. Forum Expanded is a curated programme upon invitation only and does not receive submissions.

Panorama
Early Bird (3rd November, 2020) €175
Regular (3rd November, 2020) €175
Late (3rd November, 2020) €175
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

The Panorama has always been the home of both auteur cinema and innovative approaches to different cinematic genres. The programme Dokumente trains a spotlight on documentaries, the Panorama Special programme presents large-scale independent films from the international world of filmmaking as well as films from major US studios. Feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which have not been released in Europe other than in their country of origin. have not been screened at any other German or European film festival. A presentation at festivals in the country of origin (except for German films) will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible outside of Europe / in the country of origin (geoblocking). have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet/VOD other than in their country of origin (except German films). are available in the formats DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Television productions are only eligible if they are intended for a theatrical release. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as the country of origin. World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status). German films applying for Panorama need to be a European premiere as minimum requirement and may not have been presented publicly in Germany (festival, theatrical release, TV, Internet, VOD). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.

Competition
Regular (3rd November, 2021) €175
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No
Premiere International Premiere

Accepted formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Eligible are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which are intended for theatrical release. have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking). have not been released commercially other than in their country of origin. have neither been presented on television nor on the internet/VOD. Eligible are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which are intended for theatrical release. have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking). have not been released commercially other than in their country of origin. have neither been presented on television nor on the internet/VOD. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin. World premieres are preferred. German films have to be world premieres to be eligible for the Competition. The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. International premiere (German productions and co-productions have to be world premieres) Golden Bear, Silver Bears, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, Guild Film Prize, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award, Berliner Morgenpost Readers' Jury Award

Encounters
Regular (3rd November, 2021) €175
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No
Premiere International Premiere

Accepted formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Eligible are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which are intended for theatrical release. have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking). have not been released commercially other than in their country of origin. have neither been presented on television nor on the internet/VOD. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin. World premieres are preferred. German films have to be world premieres to be eligible for Encounters. The Artistic Director reserves the right to rule on any case not provided for in these guidelines. International premiere (German productions and co-productions have to be world premieres) Best Film, Special Jury Award, Best Director, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award

Perspektive Deutsches Kino - feature
Regular (3rd November, 2020) €175
Runtime 30 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Germany
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, films must be a German fiction, documentary or experimental film with a minimum running time of 30 minutes. Screening formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. World premieres are given priority. A theatrical release as well as a participation in a German film festival prior to the Berlinale is not permitted. However, previous film festival participations outside of Germany do not exclude a film. This applies also to a presentation at an online film festival; the streamings are not to be available in Germany (geoblocking). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. The processing fee for submissions is 175 Euros for feature films and 75 Euros for films with a running time of up to 60 minutes. German premiere / No theatrical release prior to the festival

Generation - feature
Regular (3rd November, 2021) €175
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Accepted formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Eligible for Generation are feature-length films (at least 60 minutes running time) which have not been released in Europe (for European films: except country of origin, this does not apply to German films). have not been screened at any European film festival; A presentation at festivals in the country of origin (except for German films) will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible outside of Europe / in the country of origin (geoblocking). have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet/VOD other than in their country of origin (except for German films). In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin. World premieres are preferred. German films applying for Generation need to be a European premiere as minimum requirement and may not have been presented publicly in Germany (festival, theatrical release, TV, Internet, VOD). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. European premiere Crystal Bears, Awards of the Generation International Juries, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards, Peace Film Prize, Amnesty International Film Award

Perspektive Deutsches Kino - short
Early Bird (17th November, 2020) €75
Regular (17th November, 2020) €75
Late (17th November, 2020) €75
Runtime - 60 minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

For the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, films must be a German fiction, documentary or experimental film with a minimum running time of 30 minutes. Screening formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. World premieres are given priority. A theatrical release as well as a participation in a German film festival prior to the Berlinale is not permitted. However, previous film festival participations outside of Germany do not exclude a film. This applies also to a presentation at an online film festival; the streamings are not to be available in Germany (geoblocking). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. The processing fee for submissions is 175 Euros for feature films and 75 Euros for films with a running time of up to 60 minutes.

Berlinale Classics
Regular (3rd November, 2021) €175
Runtime 60 - minutes
Age restriction No age restriction
Country Any country
Director's age No restriction
Director's gender Any gender
Student films No
First films No

Eligible for the Berlinale Classics are high-quality restorations of feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time that: had their premiere before 2003 and were released internationally in cinemas. The restored version May not have been screened outside its country of origin at festivals, in cinemas, on TV, on the internet, or streaming platforms, or released on DVD/Blu-ray. World premieres are given priority. Has to be available in the formats DCP or 35mm. Other formats only upon request. The Artistic Director of the festival and the section head reserve the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.

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