Berlinale & EFM Participation Guidelines

1. Preliminary Remarks

The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is a division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (KBB). The Berlinale is funded by the Minister of State for Culture and Media, in accordance with a resolution of the German Federal Parliament. The European Film Market (EFM) is part of the Berlinale.

To qualify for a festival accreditation or EFM registration, the festival visitor must agree to the participation guidelines. Any violation of these guidelines, as well as any disregard of the safety regulations, may lead to the withdrawal of the accreditation and a permanent exclusion from the event by the organiser. The organiser can assert further rights as necessary.

2. Berlinale COVID-19 Regulations

The Berlinale is implementing all the hygiene requirements mandated by the State of Berlin for the organisation of events. This includes the development of in-house COVID-19 regulations. By participating in the festival, all visitors, employees and guests confirm their commitment to complying with the Berlinale COVID-19 regulations in their most up-to-date version and without exception.

The Berlinale will inform festival participants of the appropriate behaviour to be followed and mandates them to observe the hygiene and safety regulations. Failure to do so may result in persons concerned being denied entry and/or having their accreditation/EFM badge withdrawn with no refund of the accreditation fee.

While calling upon all its visitors, employees and guests to comply with the hygiene rules, the Berlinale cannot accept any liability for infection or consequent damage. Attending the screenings and other events in the Berlinale venues is at the visitor’s own risk. Visitors who have an increased risk of a severe COVID-19 infection are advised not to participate in the physical festival and market.

Visitors who have been in contact with a COVID-19 patient in the previous 14 days before they are due to arrive at the festival or who are displaying symptoms of the disease are forbidden from participating in the event.

3. Code of Conduct and Anti-Discrimination Statement

The Berlinale is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment which facilitates dialogue and exchange where everyone is treated respectfully. This applies to employees, visitors, guests and partners.

Consequently, the Berlinale will not tolerate or condone any forms of preferential treatment, hurtful language, discrimination, exclusion, offensive behaviour, violence, mistreatment or harassment on the basis of gender, ethnicity, religion, geographical origin, skin colour, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender identity, socio-economic class, caste, disability or age.

The Berlinale reserves the right to revoke a participant’s accreditation/EFM badge and/or their access to the festival, its facilities, events and venues without notice or refund if they commit any such misconduct.

4. Conditions for Accreditation/EFM Registration

Accreditation/EFM registration applications are only processed during the official registration period. The deadlines are published on the respective Berlinale and EFM websites.

Proof of professional activity in the media or film industry is a requirement for press or festival accreditation/EFM registration.

The submission of an application does not guarantee accreditation. The festival organisers reserve the right to accept or reject an application.

Further information can be found on the respective web pages: Professionals/EFM, Press and Students.

5. Badges

The accreditation/EFM badge is granted to a specific person and is non-transferable. It grants access to locations and screenings at the Berlin International Film Festival and/or the European Film Market in accordance with the guidelines provided by the organisers.

For the entire duration of the festival and the European Film Market, an accreditation/EFM badge is compulsory in order to access the festival and market locations. Persons without an accreditation/EFM badge can be refused entry by security personnel. Accreditations/EFM badges used by people other than the accreditation/registration holder will be confiscated.

The loss or theft of an accreditation or EFM badge must be reported immediately to the respective accreditation counter. The issuing of a new accreditation/EFM badge will incur additional costs. The organisers reserve the right to refuse to issue a replacement accreditation/EFM badge. EFM Day Passes and Visitor Passes are non-replaceable.

6. Age Restrictions

Persons under the age of 18 are not eligible for accreditation or EFM registration.

Exceptions are made for minors belonging to a festival film cast and crew or for those participating exclusively in the Generation 14plus or Generation Kplus sections of the programme. Film cast and crew members or festival participants in the Generation section under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an accredited adult.

7. Payment, Cancellation and Collection

Accreditations/EFM badges must be paid in advance. Online payments can only be made by credit card (Mastercard, American Express, VISA) and PayPal.

Upon prior arrangement, companies and institutions can make a collective payment for their employees/representatives via bank transfer.

Refunds for Press, Student and Festival Accreditations which have already been paid for is only possible until February 10, 2021 and if written notice of the cancellation is sent to .

The fee for a Market Badge or the combination of a Festival Accreditation and Market Badge that has already been paid cannot be refunded completely, but will instead be converted into an Online Market Badge if requested before February 10, 2021. If the EFM cannot take place as a physical event due to official measures, a Market Badge that has already been paid for will be converted into an Online Market Badge. The cost of the Online Market Badge will be set off against the fee already paid for the Market Badge. In such cases, the fee for the Online Market Badge will be the price applicable at the time that the Market Badge was requested.

The cancellation or conversion of an accreditation and/or EFM badge is only possible if the badge has not yet been collected and no tickets have been booked via the online ticket shop for accredited participants.

An Online Market Badge cannot be cancelled once payment has been made.

Accreditations/EFM badges can be collected at the accreditation counters upon presentation of a valid personal identification and confirmation of accreditation.

Accreditations/EFM badges can only be collected by someone other than the accredited person upon the presentation of a written authorisation.

Any company or person with an outstanding debt to the festival or EFM will be refused accreditation/registration until the debt has been paid.

8. Copyright

The person applying for accreditation guarantees that all documents, in particular the photos submitted with their application, are free of copyright and may be used for the accreditation/EFM badge, if applicable, the EFM Participants Guide. The applicant guarantees that they release the Berlinale from any claims by copyright holders regarding the use of the submitted material. The Berlinale reserves the right to retrospectively refuse an accreditation which makes unauthorised use of copyrighted material

9. Personalised Tickets

Tickets granting accredited participants access to festival and EFM screenings are for personal use only and can only be booked online via a personalised access to the online ticket shop for accredited participants, subject to availability.

There is no guarantee that accredited participants will obtain tickets to particular screenings or events, nor a specific number of tickets.

The personalised tickets for accredited participants are only valid in combination with their accreditation badge. The accreditation/EFM badge must be shown for inspection at the cinema entrance. The tickets will be validated upon entry.

The accredited participants are obliged to adhere to the following booking rules: a maximum of one ticket per screening, film and (90 minute) time slot may be booked. Tickets that have been booked but subsequently cannot be used must be cancelled online in good time before the screening begins. If tickets are repeatedly not used and/or the above-mentioned booking rules are not followed, the festival reserves the right to cancel tickets that have already been booked tickets and/or to block that person’s access to the online ticket shop for accredited participants.

10. Film and Sound Recordings

Film and sound recordings of any kind are not permitted to be made by festival participants at online or on-site film screenings. Any infringement of this rule could lead to civil and/or criminal legal action and will result in the participant being asked to leave the venue or having their online access removed.

Film, digital, video or sound recordings containing any film screening content, as well as the recording device they were made on, can be confiscated. The device will be returned upon the condition that the owner agrees to delete the recordings first.

To prevent piracy, every festival participant confirms that they will not steal intellectual property in accordance with copyright laws and with respect to the resultant rights.

In the event of authorised persons recording images and/or sound during a public screening or event, festival attendees agree to their possible inclusion in an image and/or sound recording and permit these recordings to be potentially broadcast or transmitted to third parties for publicity purposes without any claim to remuneration.

11. General Terms and Conditions

In addition, the general terms and conditions of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH apply. If there is any contradiction between the above participation guidelines and the general terms and conditions, the former take precedence.


As of October 26, 2020

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