Berlin International Film Festival

Berlinale // Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin

66th edition

Feb 09 - Feb 19, 2018
Estimated
Berlin, Germany

Open Call Open to Public Competitive Market Special Fees

Festival type Real Venue Festival
Types of films Animation, Docu-feature, Documentary, Narrative fiction
Film length Full length, Mid-length, Short

Mission / description Berlin - a cosmopolitan, exciting capital, a city of culture with international appeal. In the middle of it all: the Berlinale – not only the city’s largest cultural event, but also one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar. More than 19,000 film professionals from 128 countries, including about 4,000 journalists, are accredited for the Berlin International Film Festival every year.

The Berlinale is truly a mega event. At the same time, it is a festival of encounters and discussions. With almost 300,000 tickets sold, the Berlinale is not only a film industry meeting. It also enjoys one of the largest film festival audiences in the world. For two weeks, art, glamour, parties and business meet at the Berlinale.
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Festival website www.berlinale.de/

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Rating Summary

Overall

4.65
Atmosphere / Experience
4.6
/ 5
24 8 2 0 0
Industry Connectivity
4.6
/ 5
24 8 2 0 0
Quality of films
4.2
/ 5
14 13 7 0 0
Quality of screening
4.8
/ 5
28 6 0 0 0
Value for money
4.2
/ 5
15 14 3 0 2
Service/Guest Relations
4.2
/ 5
15 11 7 1 0
Special Activities
4.2
/ 5
14 14 6 0 0

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petercmatthews attended as a guest in 2015

4.0
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No additional comment Peter 22 weeks ago

JanSoldat attended with Haftanlage 4614 in 2015

5.0
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No additional comment Jan Last Year

_diego attended with Das águas que passam in 2016

5.0
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No additional comment diego Around 2 years ago

ivanahucikova attended as a guest in 2014

5.0
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No additional comment Ivana Around 2 years ago

davidstelzer attended as a guest in 2015

5.0
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No additional comment David Around 3 years ago

BekkeFilms attended with Siemiany in 2010

4.0
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No additional comment Ben Around 3 years ago

muratakser attended as a guest in 2015

5.0
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No additional comment Murat Around 3 years ago

netfall attended as a guest in 2014

5.0
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No additional comment Julian Around 3 years ago

Cristian Rodríguez attended as a guest in 2014

5.0
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No additional comment Cristian Around 3 years ago

panterafilm attended as a guest in 2014

5.0
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No additional comment Annalisa Around 3 years ago

Pedram attended as a guest in 2005

5.0
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Attended as accredited guest as well as associate producer of an animated film in competition. A great combination of amazing city, interesting films and a tons of opportunity to meet old colleagues and get to know new ones. Pedram Around 3 years ago

contentking attended as a guest in 2014

4.0
/ 5

It's always nice to attend my 'Kiez' Film Festival when normally you have to travel far and wide. Steven Around 4 years ago

palodias attended as a guest in 2014

5.0
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No additional comment Juan Around 4 years ago

rinio attended with Proavlio in 2014

5.0
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No additional comment Rinio Around 4 years ago

Nomada attended as a guest in 2014

4.0
/ 5

No additional comment Carlos Around 4 years ago

mash012 attended with Al Hedya in 2013

5.0
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No additional comment Mohamed Around 4 years ago

JanSoldat attended with Geliebt in 2010

5.0
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No additional comment Jan Around 4 years ago

Open Comments on Jan's Review

in the Berlinale Short Competition.
It was a great experience! Jan Around 4 years ago

JanSoldat attended with CRAZY DENNIS TIGER in 2012

5.0
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No additional comment Jan Around 4 years ago

Open Comments on Jan's Review

in the generation14plus. Jan Around 4 years ago

JanSoldat attended with ZUCHT und ORDNUNG in 2012

5.0
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No additional comment Jan Around 4 years ago

Open Comments on Jan's Review

in the Panorama Section!
The Teddy Screening was one of the warmest and touchin screening I ever had! Jan Around 4 years ago

chemagarciaibarra attended with Misterio in 2013

5.0
/ 5

No additional comment Chema Around 4 years ago

carlosjinks attended as a guest in 2013

5.0
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No additional comment carlosjinks Around 4 years ago

orozcovictor attended with Reality 2.0 in 2013

4.0
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No additional comment Victor Around 5 years ago

Jana attended as a guest in 2013

4.0
/ 5

This year, I felt like I was constantly running the entire Berlinale 10 days. The festival is so huge, it is no wonder you get a little bit lost in it. FilmFestivalLife was running a party for emerging filmmakers preparing for the circuit. The European film market seems to be very exclusive and hard to approach. Talent Campus on the other hand gives young filmmakers a great opportunity to learn and to connect at the same time. As for the films: I really liked the Generation, Forum and Lola (German Cinema) sections.The Competition section wasn't so great at all - it felt like it was too close to Cannes that filmmakers usually wait to release their premiere then. Jana Around 5 years ago

Claire attended as a guest in 2013

4.0
/ 5

Berlinale 2013 was the whirlwind I imagined. The late-night parties and the early-morning waiting in the long accreditation queue at Potsdamer Platz, worked against each other to create a pretty mean experience. This year FilmFestivalLife ran a Screeners party for emerging filmmakers which particularly enabled an acute insight into the sheer number of international film industry members in this city during this time. Actually, I think this is what I gained from the Berlinale - it as a forum for industry to mingle, attend the market and 'occasionally' a screening. As for the films - the Competition section is never the festival's biggest talking point and certainly wasn't this year. It is the Forum, Panorama and LOLA sections where the new, rich blood ran. Claire Around 5 years ago

MelPritchard attended as a guest in 2012

5.0
/ 5

I am missing Berlinale right now, I'm sorry to say. As a queer film festival programmer, it's GREAT for networking. It's the only festival I can think of that attracts a raft of colleagues from all over Europe, and even our American/Canadian mates deign to cross the ocean for it. The EFM is brilliant for discovering the newest stuff if you are adept at reading clues in the too-short descriptions; the parties are legendary; and everyone enjoys a good snark about the Panorama. The program can be overwhelming, but once you've done it once it gets easier. Mel Around 5 years ago

Claire attended as a guest in 2011

3.0
/ 5

I feel that the Berlinale program was simply too big for me to grasp at the time. Most of the films I attended I didn't really enjoy because I was underprepared when choosing my festival schedule. I look forward to being involved on a deeper level in 2013. Claire Around 5 years ago

Jana attended as a guest in 2011

5.0
/ 5

Berlinale is a must have "A" film festival. The festival is huge in every way: selection of films, genre types, audience, sellers and buyers, market, events and discussions. Even if it's big, you also can have personal conversation with filmmakers and the film crew after screening. Jana Around 6 years ago

nadine attended as a guest in 2012

5.0
/ 5

The Berlinale is huge - edition, different sections, genres, types and length of films, market, audience, number of films, sellers, buyers, programmer, talents, events, stars, discussions - it´s competetive on each level! For young filmmakers I also recommend this festival because the Talent Campus gives a great opportunity to meet interesting and successful filmmakers from all over the world and supports you with great workshops and panels. This A festival is a must have film festival not even in Europe also in the whole world. Nadine Around 6 years ago

Brian attended as a guest in 2008

5.0
/ 5

No additional comment Brian Around 6 years ago

achtfeld attended as a guest in 2011

4.0
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No additional comment Achtfeld Around 6 years ago

timosudmann attended as a guest in 2012

4.0
/ 5

No additional comment Timo Around 6 years ago

APEIRON attended as a guest in 2012

4.0
/ 5

The only German A Festival. Highly competitive. Biggest Film Market in Europe. Total of 400 to 600 movies in over 30 cinemas. 100.000 people watch films. Expensive tickets. Includes Talent Campus for young filmmakers. Sections: Generation (high quality works for kids and young adults), Competition (Art and Commercial films - winners get Golden and Silver Bears), Shorts (ca. 30 - 40 selected from over 5000 submissions), Forum (Unknown directors, arty, often special interest, boring), Panorama (General features, docs, Gay section), Forum Expanded (Art Film Installations and Panels). Special events: Cinema for Peace, LOLA previews, World Cinema Fund, Shooting Stars. Dave Around 6 years ago

danielruizhueck attended with ABUELA KUEKA REGRESA in 2012

5.0
/ 5

I went to te TC wich was quite nice, but also for some meeting for this proyect and is was awesome. The EFM is really good, its very huge but there is never the feeling or being lost in a big event. DANIEL Around 6 years ago

Luca attended as a guest in 2011

4.0
/ 5

During Berlinale Berlin is all about the festival. It's so huge, it's even too huge. Easy to get yourself lost and loose focus. For young talents the Talent Campus is the greatest thing to attend. Best learning and inspiring experience ever. Luca Around 6 years ago