Berlinale: Competition


What’s new, what’s important, which are the trends? - Around 25 world and international premieres every year. International stars. Promising talents. A long list of big names: Jean Luc Godard, Sidney Lumet, Konrad Wolf, Agnès Varda, Milos Forman, François Truffaut, Ang Lee, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Joel & Ethan Coen, Richard Linklater, Baz Luhrmann, Robert Altman, Jaques Tati, Spike Jonze, Oliver Stone – they’ve all come to Berlin to present their latest films. Since 1951, the Competition has been the heart of the Berlinale. For over 60 years it has been setting trends for new cinema, screening new productions from across the globe. The final selection is made by Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

Red Carpet, glamour, fans

The Competition brings glamour to Berlin: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, Clint Eastwood, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lopez. Renowned actors and directors stroll across the Red Carpet, encounter excited fans and imbue the festival and city with a flair of glamour.

The International Jury awards the following prices:

  • the Golden Bear for the Best Film
  • the Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear)
  • the Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear) – in memory of the Festival Founder – for a feature film that opens new perspectives
  • the Award for Best Director (Silver Bear)
  • the Award for Best Actress (Silver Bear)
  • the Award for Best Actor (Silver Bear)
  • the Award for Best Screenplay (Silver Bear)
  • the Award for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement in the categories camera, editing, music score, costume or set design (Silver Bear)

To find more information on awards at the Berlinale also see Awards and Juries

More informations about the films, stars and the exciting history of the festival you'll find in the archive