The international Competition features around 25 films in the Official Programme (in and out of competition). The Awards are decided upon by an International Jury. Contact:
The Berlinale Special and Berlinale Special Gala are programmes curated by the Festival Director that present both extraordinary new productions (feature films and documentaries) as well as films by or about outstanding personalities of film whom the festival is especially attached to. Contact: . Berlinale Special Series is part of the Berlinale Special programme presenting selected international drama series. Contact: . The Berlinale Special programmes are upon invitation only and do not receive submissions.
The Panorama within the Official Programme presents new works by well-known directors, as it showcases debut films and exciting new discoveries. The selection of films gives an overview of trends in art-house world cinema. Contact:
New trends in world cinema, fresh narrative forms and new voices receive special attention in the Forum. Narrative features that go beyond the mainstream are presented alongside of documentary and hybrid forms. The Forum highlights directorial debuts and innovative works by younger filmmakers. Forum Expanded is dedicated to the boundaries between cinema and visual arts. It is a programme curated by the Forum upon invitation only and does not receive submissions.
Generation opens up the Berlinale to children and young people. The Kplus and 14plus competitions not only present outstanding productions made specifically for children and youth but also films which appeal to young people of various ages, on account of their form and content. The marketing potential of such films is thereby greatly enhanced. Contact:
The Berlinale Shorts features short films by film makers and artists, that are innovative both in their aesthetic form and in their content. The Awards are decided upon by an International Jury.
The Perspektive Deutsches Kino is dedicated to young and upcoming German filmmakers.
LOLA at Berlinale showcases preselected films for the German Film Award (Deutscher Filmpreis) and is a cooperation between Berlinale, Deutsche Filmakademie e. V. and German Films. Upon invitation only. Contact:
The Culinary Cinema presents a selection of films from all categories on culinary and ecological topics. It is a special programme upon invitation only. Contact:
NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema presents a limited selection of Indigenous films from all categories. It is a special programme upon invitation only. Contact: