Berlinale: How to Berlinale


How to Berlinale
A short guide to film submission

Online submission for 2017 will be activated in early September.


Please note that all information currently given on these pages refers to the Berlinale 2016 and is supposed to offer a general insight into film entry procedures.

Sections and Programmes

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.
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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.
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The Perspektive Deutsches Kino is dedicated to young and upcoming German filmmakers.
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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:

Requirements valid for all submissions

Submission:
available online from early September

Deadline for submission:
October 30, 2015, for feature-length films / November 17, 2015 for short films

Registration fee:
€ 150 feature-length films / € 60 short films

Date of completion:
within the 12 months prior to festival

Premiere Status:
World or International premieres are given priority, however, the sections have different requirements. German films need to be world premieres, except those submitted to Perspektive Deutsches Kino.

Accepted formats for selection:
DVD / Blu-ray (region free / all regions), DCP, file upload (only for short films)

Documentation for submission:
Duly completed online entry, full contact details of production companies, synopsis, director’s filmo- / biography, cast and crew list

Please check detailed regulations / guidelines for each section.
The festival does not present industry films or commercials.
Film submission for the European Film Market at www.efm-berlinale.de

„How to Berlinale"-Download

The "How to Berlinale" short guide including a table of the submission requirements for each section can be downloaded here:


How to Berlinale, PDF  (46 KB)

Contact

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Programme Organisation
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
Germany
phone +49 30 25920-444
fax +49 30 25920-499