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 an 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. 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 Online Serveices without notice or refund if they commit any such misconduct.
3. 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 accreditation/ EFM registration.
The submission of an application does not guarantee accreditation. The festival organisers reserve the right to accept or reject an application.
4. Online Rights
The online rights acquired with the accreditation/ EFM registration are personal and non-transferable. It grants access to Online Services of the Berlin International Film Festival and/or the European Film Market in accordance with the guidelines provided by the organisers.
5. Age Restrictions
Persons under the age of 18 are not eligible for accreditation or EFM registration.
6. Payment and Cancellation
Accreditations/Online Market Badges must be paid in advance. Online payments can only be made by credit card (Mastercard, American Express, VISA) and PayPal.
Upon request, companies and institutions can make collective payments for their employees/representatives via bank transfer.
An Online Market Badge cannot be cancelled once payment has been made.
For an Online Market Badge that was paid for before or on December 17, 2020, a special right of cancellation applies. You can cancel this badge entirely by sending an email to by January 31, 2021.
Any company or person with an outstanding debt to the festival or EFM will be refused accreditation/registration until the debt has been paid.
The applicant guarantees that all documents, in particular the photos submitted with their application, are free of copyright and may be used for the Berlinale Attendee List and, 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
8. Online Access
There is no guarantee of access to specific Online Screenings or to a specific number of Online Screenings. At the discretion of the rights holder, access to Online Screenings may be limited to selected groups of participants.
9. Film and Sound Recordings
Participants are not permitted to make audio and/or visual recordings of any kind of online content (in particular Online Screenings). Any infringement of this rule could lead to civil and/or criminal legal action and will result in the participant having their online access removed.
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 screening or event, festival participants 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.
10. 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 December 18, 2020