Press Accreditation

Welcome to the Press Accreditation of the 71st Berlinale. The COVID-19 pandemic is posing challenges for us all. However, it is our great wish that the Berlinale takes place physically and that, in 2021, it will once again be a place of exchange and encounters. Our extensive COVID-19 regulations are intended to ensure the health and safety of all festival participants.

A Berlinale Press Accreditation is available to journalists of all media (print, online, TV, radio, web TV, photography) as well as to PR agents of all the films screening at the festival.

Depending on the accreditation type, access is granted to a multitude of screenings, events and other services at the Berlinale and in the European Film Market. For detailed information, please visit the access authorisations.

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Fees, Deadlines and Requirements

The Berlinale provides press accreditation for a fee of 60 Euros (VAT included). The deadline for applications is January 12, 2021 (Midnight CET).

During the online accreditation process, you will be asked to upload digital supporting documents. An overview of the mandatory supporting documents is provided below. The Berlinale reserves the right to approve or deny a Press Accreditation based on the credentials and documents submitted.

Please also note:

  • A press card or details of the publishing house will not be accepted as evidence.
  • Multiple accreditations made via various Berlinale accreditation offices or for different professional fields, such as for a photo and print journalist, are not possible.
  • Please state your main field of work in your application.
  • An official confirmation letter (PDF) from your assigning editor confirming your assignment to cover the festival. Please provide information on the type, extent and publication date of the planned coverage as well as a media kit.
  • Proof of publication (max. 50 MB) in the form of two current examples of film-related coverage, preferably in the assigning publication, or a link to its presence online. If you were accredited to the Berlinale in the previous year, material relating to that edition of the festival should be submitted.
  • For online media only: information on the type of media (web newspaper, web portal or similar) as well as the frequency of publication and user statistics (unique visitors and page views).
  • An official confirmation letter (PDF) from your assigning editor confirming your assignment to cover the festival, stating the intention to broadcast your reports and including information about the programme (e.g. frequency, date and time of the broadcast(s), audience ratings); names and jobs of the crew members to be accredited.
  • A scan of last year’s coverage or proof of publication (max. 50 MB).
  • An official confirmation letter (PDF) from your assigning editor or agency director confirming your assignment to cover the festival.
  • Proofs of publication (max. 50 MB).
  • A scan of your press card.
  • An official letter of confirmation (PDF) from your agency director, the film production company or film distributor containing all the information on the films you will be representing at the Berlinale.

Access Authorisations for Press Accreditation

Due to the COVID-19 regulations, access to Press Conferences, Press Screenings and Festival Screenings is only possible with a Press Accreditation badge in conjunction with a pre-booked online ticket.

Print, Online, Radio and TV Journalists, PR Agents

  • Your accreditation is valid for the duration of the festival.
  • The accreditation grants access to press and festival screenings, Press Conferences and other festival section events (excluding individually arranged "PR agents without screenings access" accreditations, which grant access to the Press Centre and Press Conferences only). Please note that the COVID-19 regulations will result in limited capacities and a registration or ticket is therefore necessary for all the aforementioned events.
  • You will receive detailed information regarding access authorisations with your accreditation confirmation, and when collecting your accreditation badge.
  • The COVID-19 restrictions and consequent limited capacities mean a Press Accreditation will not grant access to the EFM location Gropius Bau. We thank you for your understanding.
  • Accreditation as a photographer does not grant access to screenings.

TV and Radio Technicians

  • Your accreditation is valid for the duration of the festival.
  • The accreditation grants access to Press Lines, Press Conferences and specified Red Carpet areas. Please note that the COVID-19 regulations and consequent limited capacities mean a registration or ticket will be necessary for all the aforementioned events.
  • TV and radio technicians will be given special filming and work permits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and for special events. Please be sure to contact the Press Office in good time to secure these permits at .
  • The COVID-19 restrictions and consequent limited capacities mean a Press Accreditation will not grant access to the EFM location Gropius Bau. We thank you for your understanding.
  • Accreditation as a technician does not grant access to screenings.

Photographers

  • Your accreditation is valid for the duration of the festival.
  • The accreditation grants basic access to Press lines, Photo Calls and Press Conferences, and access to designated press areas on the Red Carpet. You can also apply for special passes to attend the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and other special events. Please note that the COVID-19 regulations will result in limited capacities and a registration or ticket is therefore necessary for all the aforementioned events.
  • You can send a request to for a designated position on the Red Carpet and at Photo Calls. The request for a position does not guarantee one will be granted. You will receive detailed information about this in the run-up to the festival.
  • The COVID-19 restrictions and consequent limited capacities mean a Press Accreditation will not grant access to the EFM location Gropius Bau. We thank you for your understanding.
  • Accreditation as a photographer does not grant access to screenings

Note on Recordings

Media recordings must not disturb the course of events.

TV, film, digital, video, sound recordings and photography that include part of a film screening violate copyright law and are illegal. Failure to comply with this law will be prosecuted.

Access to special and official events is limited and only granted via prior arrangement with the Berlinale Press Office.

For the Opening and Closing Galas in the auditorium, access is limited to registered photographers and radio journalists. TV crews are not permitted. TV, film, digital and video recordings are generally not permitted during the Opening and Closing Galas. Access to press pool material may be requested from the Berlinale Press Office at .

Failure to comply with these rules and guidelines can lead to the confiscation of accreditation and immediate exclusion from the event.

Note on the "Embargo" Regulation for World Premieres

Please respect the embargo regulation for world premieres. Reviews of films that celebrate their world premieres at the Berlinale may only be published after the beginning of the first public screening (start of the screening + 30 minutes).

Contact Press Accreditation

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