Berlinale: Regulations Panorama

Panorama 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 – Aims

The Panorama is an integral part of the Official Programme. It strives to broaden and encourage the range of films destined for theatrical release.

The section presents new endeavours by noted filmmakers as well as discoveries. The Panorama has always been the home of both auteur cinema and innovative approaches to different cinematic genres.

2 – Structure

The main programme presents approximately 18 fiction films.

The programme Dokumente trains a spotlight on documentaries and comprises around 16 titles.

The Panorama Special programme presents large-scale independent films from the international world of filmmaking as well as films from major US studios. It screens approximately 14 titles.

Discussions and press conferences that follow a film’s first screening provide audiences and members of the press with an opportunity to exchange views with film directors, cast and crew.

3 – Eligibility

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

Eligible films for Panorama are feature films and documentaries of at least 70 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 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).

Television productions are only eligible if they are intended for a theatrical release.

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 Festival Director has 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 curator of the Panorama is responsible to the Festival Director for the selection of films. Films offered to the Competition may be considered for the Panorama unless specifically stated otherwise.

Formats accepted for selection are DVD (region free / all regions), Blu-ray (region free / all regions) as well as DCP. For other formats please contact the section directly.
Detailed information on technical specifications can be found here (62 KB).

If you apply for several sections and your submission format is DVD / Blu-ray, you are kindly requested to send one screener per section. All screening material for selection should be sent to the following address:

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Film Office

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

5 – Version and subtitles

All films invited to the Festival are screened in their original version with English subtitles. German-language films should have English subtitles. The costs of subtitling are at the responsibility of the producer.

The version released or planned for release in the country of origin is regarded as the original version.

6 – Awards

The organisers of the Panorama collaborate closely with the Festival Press Office and the European Film Market to ensure that films receive as much attention as possible from the media and the film industry.

The Panorama is non-competitive and does not offer awards of its own. Awards by independent organisations are listed in the General Regulations.

Every film selected receives a Certificate of Participation.

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

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


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