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Berlinale: Berlin International Film Festival


The Berlinale is the largest film festival in Germany and one of the most significant in Europe. The first Berlinale took place in the capital of Germany in 1951 and has been held annually since then. The festival usually lasts 10 days and every year around 300,000 tickets are sold to the public.


Alongside the film festivals in Cannes and Venice, the Berlinale is one of the central events in the cinema world. In contrast to other events of this kind, the focus here is mainly on "author's cinema" and "intellectual cinema". Around 400 films are shown here every year. Only feature films and short films that were made in the year before the festival and were not shown at other festivals can take part in the festival's competition program. The jury of the festival, consisting of prominent actors, writers, directors, and creative artists, attaches particular importance to the fact that films from all over the world should be presented at the Berlinale.

The primary award is the Golden Bear, which is presented for the best film in the main competition as well as for the best short film. The Silver Bear is awarded in several categories - "Best Director", "Best Actor", "Best Actress", "Best Music" and "Best Screenplay".

Berlinale 2021

The 71st festival is scheduled for February 11-21, 2021. In the official sections, no further information about the films and the schedule has been announced yet. In 2019, for example, it was about the Danish-Canadian feature film “The Kindness of Strangers” by Lone Scherfig. Since 1977, film historical retrospectives have been organized at the Berlinale in cooperation with the Deutsche Kinemathek. In 2019, the retrospective dealt with the title “Self-determined. Perspectives of filmmakers” with the filmmaking of directors in the period from 1968 to 1999.


🔸 Contest;
🔸 Berlinale shorts;
🔸 Panorama;
🔸 Forum & Forum Expanded;
🔸 Generation;
🔸 Perspectives on German Cinema;
🔸 Berlinale special & Berlinale series;
🔸 Retrospective, Berlinale classics, and homage.

Special Presentations:
🔸 Culinary cinema;
🔸 Berlinale Goes Kiez;
🔸 Native - a journey into indigenous cinema.

Festival dates

02.02.2021 Program press conference of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival
11.02.2021 Opening of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival
11.-19.02.2021 European Film Market
13.-17.02.2021 Berlinale Co-Production Market
13.-18.02.2021 Berlinale Talents
20.02.2021 Closing gala and awards ceremony of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival
21.02.2021 Berlinale public day

Further information concerning the program, tickets and opening times will soon be available here and on the Berlinale website.

Berlinale Palast


The Berlinale is located in a musical theater at Potsdamer Platz, so in the heart of Berlin. It's quite large, with a capacity of 1627 seats. All levels are wheelchair accessible.

The theatre address is the following: Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 1, 10785 Berlin, Germany. You can get there easily with the tram or subway (station "Potsdamer Platz").

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