Berlinale: Regulations Forum

Forum Regulations

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.

1 – Organisers

The 46th Forum will take place from February 11 – 21, 2016, within the framework of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. It is organised independently by the Arsenal – Institut für Film und Videokunst e.V. (Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art).

2 – Objectives

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.

The Forum’s policy of mounting public discussions with filmmakers following all screenings, as well as providing comprehensive information about the films allows the section to create an appropriate context for the reception of each film. The Forum values the importance of creating an event capable of providing an impetus even after the Festival has ended. The Arsenal strives therefore, in cooperation with the rights holders, to arrange distribution for films screened at the Festival.

3 – Eligibility

World premieres are given priority.
German films have to be world premieres.

Eligible films for Forum are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which

  • have been completed within the 12 months prior to the beginning of the Festival.
  • 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 national festivals / national showcases in the country of origin will be accepted.
  • have neither been broadcast nor presented in the internet / VOD other than in their country of origin.
  • are available in the formats DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request).
  • are meant to be released in film theatres

In case of international coproductions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin.

Films which have previously been submitted and viewed for Berlinale selection cannot apply a second time.

The head of the Forum section reserves the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations.

All films have to be registered online at online film entry. The entry fee is € 150 and payment can be effected by credit card only (Visa, American Express, MasterCard) during the online submission process.

The online application and the preview screener for the selection process must be received within the appropriate deadline (October 30, 2015).

4 – Selection and programming

The director of the Forum selects films in consensus with the selection committee.

5 – Subtitling

Films selected for the Forum are shown in their original version with English subtitles. It is recommended that a second print with German subtitles be made available to the Festival.

The cost of subtitling is the responsibility of the filmmaker. In special cases, the Forum may grant financial support to cover the cost of subtitling into German and for striking a print.

6 – Awards

The Forum is non-competitive and does not award prizes of its own. Each film selected receives a Certificate of Participation.

Awards made by independent organisations are to be found in the General Regulations.

7 – Shipping

Selection material intended for the Forum should be sent to the address of the Berlin International Film Festival or directly to the Forum address:

Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin
Tel. + 49 30 26955-200
Fax + 49 30 26955-222

If you apply for several sections and your submission format is DVD / Blu-ray, you are kindly requested to send one screener per section to the following address:

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Film Office

Voxstraße 3
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-888
fax +49 30 25920-899

For any further questions please consult the General Regulations of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Contact Forum

Potsdamer Straße 2
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 26955-200
fax +49 30 26955-222