Oct 13, 2022
Berlinale 2023: “Let’s Get Together”
After a vibrant, international festival summer that once again brought stars, fans and industry together in celebration, the Berlinale is pleased to present the festival as an on-site event in February 2023 – following two altered festival years due to the pandemic.
The 73rd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 16 to 26, with the industry activities at the European Film Market (EFM, February 16–22, 2023), the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 18–22, 2023), Berlinale Talents (February 18–23, 2023) and the World Cinema Fund (WCF) all taking place on-site as well.
Russia’s war of aggression against Ukraine, which violates international law, continues to cast a shadow over the world. Like numerous cultural institutions worldwide, the Berlinale has expressed its solidarity with Ukraine.
“Film festivals are places that strengthen freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and peaceful dialogue. With the ongoing war of aggression against Ukraine, and the courageous protests and liberation struggles in Iran, the 2023 Berlinale stands even more firmly for these democratic values, and remembers victims of war, destruction and oppression all over the world. As a public festival, the Berlinale stands for diversity in participation. In 2023, face-to-face encounters, community film experiences, and space for artistic reflection will once again set a visible benchmark for active cinema culture”, say the directors of the Berlinale, Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.
Berlinale Introduces the Berlinale Series Award
The series segment will be enriched through new collaborations – both at the festival and the Berlinale Series Market. Starting in 2023, the festival will present an award for the best series production in Berlinale Series. A jury of three will choose the recipient of the Berlinale Series Award, made possible thanks to a cooperation with the US industry publication “Deadline”. “Deadline” will also be a partner of the Berlinale Series Market at the EFM.
“While films are seen more and more on different devices, the Berlinale has been one of the first film festivals in showing series on a big screen as a collective experience. Thanks to the cooperation with Deadline, we now take a step forward. We are sure this award – the first in its genre for A Film Festivals – will contribute to highlighting the artistic value of a form that has deeply influenced the way stories can be told”, comments Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian.
Berlinale Pro* – Where Cinema Culture and Industry Meet
Moving forward, the European Film Market, the Berlinale Co-Production Market, and the initiatives Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund will maintain their individual profiles while using the label Berlinale Pro* with the goal of pooling industry events within the Berlinale. The corresponding slogan captures the reality of the events: Where Cinema Culture and Industry Meet.
The activities of the four areas of Berlinale Pro* have always been characterised by collaborative work. Now, synergies will be further developed in order to make events more efficient and sustainable for creatives and industry alike. With opportunities and events for talent promotion, networking, project development, consultation, co-production, financing, audience development, marketing, sales, distribution and discourse, Berlinale Pro* already stands for “full service”. Berlinale Pro* bolsters the Berlinale’s position as an international agent within the entire value chain of filmmaking, while creating a comprehensive industry platform for innovation and sustainable change. This integrative model provides film creatives and industry reps with entry points into the Berlinale universe that suits their project and development status, as well as their professional level. With its individualised offers and a canon of common themes, Berlinale Pro* makes an even stronger commitment to participation and a more inclusive, sustainable film industry.
The festival and Berlinale Pro* are connected by an overarching culture of sustainability based on the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. The environmental conservation provisions applied by the Berlinale in its office routines year-round have already been evaluated annually since 2013, and the festival maintains the European environmental certificate EMAS. Since 2011, numerous measures in the festival’s configuration have been carried out to advance social, ecological and economic sustainability.
October 13, 2022