Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021. The 71st Berlinale will kick off from March 1 to 5, 2021, with the film industry platforms European Film Market (EFM), Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund in online form. Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will both be opening their digital programme to the general public as well as industry guests.
The film selection for the Competition and the sections Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama, Forum & Forum Expanded, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Retrospective will be announced in February. With the exception of the Retrospective, the films will be shown at the March event. In order to best support the selected films, we are giving the films' production companies the opportunity to make the films accessible to accredited members of the press in online Press & Industry Screenings via the Berlinale Media Service (BMS). For more information on the Berlinale Media Service, please see press schedule. Applications for a press accreditation can be made until February 8, 2021.
Accreditations are limited, and we ask for your understanding that only journalists planning to cover current festival films may be accredited. As usual, film stills and EPK materials will be available for film coverage.
There will be no events or Press conferences, Photo Calls or Red Carpets to attend in March. Since this means there will also be no appointments for photography and video recordings, accreditations for photographers and technicians are no longer applicable.
It will not be possible for publicists to get an accreditation. The publicists of the films in the festival selection will receive the list of accredited journalists as well as (on request) access to the download area of the Press Online Services (film stills and press booklets) via "My Account". The festival will provide the accredited press with the PR contacts or press contacts for the films.
A Berlinale Press Accreditation is available to journalists of all media (print, online, TV, radio, web TV).
Press access to events and screening opportunities will be made available for the Berlinale Summer Special from June 9 to 20 in Berlin. There will be no online accreditation process (there is no fee), and the conditions for press participation will be announced shortly prior to the event. We ask for your understanding that we cannot take pre-registrations at the moment.
For questions about your accreditation please visit our FAQs.
Fees, Deadlines and Requirements
The Berlinale provides press accreditation for a fee of 60 Euros (VAT included). Deadline for applications is February 8, 2021 (24h CET).
Access to Press & Industry Screenings is only available if a Press Accreditation, including payment of the accreditation fee, is completed by February 17, 2021.
It is possible to cancel a Press Accreditation. Press Accreditation cancellations can be sent via e-mail to until February 24, 2021.
During the online accreditation process you will be asked to upload digital supporting documents. Please find an overview of the mandatory supporting documents below. Based on the credentials and documents submitted, the Berlinale reserves the right to approve or deny accreditations.
Please also note:
- Your planned film coverage should take place close to the Berlinale Online Industry event in March.
- A press card or details of the publishing house will not be accepted as evidence.
- 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 and names with functions of the team members to be accredited..
- 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); publication period of the planned coverage and names with functions of the team members to be accredited.
- A scan of last year’s coverage or proof of publication (max. 50 MB).
Access Authorisations for Press Accreditation
With a press accreditation you can watch available films of the Berlinale programme online. There are also opportunities to cover the public virtual events of Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund. Press Online Services are also available (download of press material).
In order to best support the selected films, we are giving the films' production companies the opportunity to make the films accessible to accredited members of the press in online Press & Industry Screenings. Therefore, your press accreditation makes these screening opportunities available to you via the Berlinale Media Service (BMS) which will be accessible via "My Account".
The rights holders decide whether to make their films available online in the Press & Industry screenings. Therefore, it is possible that individual films cannot be watched in the BMS.
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.
Access to Press & Industry Screenings is only available if the accreditation fee is paid by February 17, 2021.
By using the Press & Industry Screenings, your personal data (first name, surname and press outlet) could be transmitted to the rights holders of the films.
Note on Recordings
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.
Note on the "Embargo" Regulation for World Premieres
Please respect the embargo regulation for world premieres. The Press & Industry screenings will be offered online and the films will be made available worldwide for 24 hours (provided there is no geoblocking). The embargo times will be set in the CET zone by the right holders for their films.