Berlinale: Press


Information on Press Accreditation

Requests for Press Accreditation should be made by January 12, 2020.

Applications received after January 12, 2020 may not be considered.

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 films screening at the festival. Based on the credentials and documents submitted, the Berlinale reserves the right to approve or deny accreditation.

During the online accreditation process you will be asked to upload digital supporting documents. Please find the requirements under Conditions for Accreditation.

A press card or publishing details will not be accepted as proof of the requested qualifications.

Multiple accreditations via various Berlinale accreditation offices or for different professional fields, such as for a photo and print journalist, are not possible.

Accreditation fee: EUR 60.00 (incl. VAT)

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Conditions for Accreditation / Your professional supporting document:

Please have the following supporting documents ready for digital upload in the online accreditation process:

  • Official confirmation letter (PDF) from the assigning editor confirming your assignment to cover the festival. Information on the type, extent and publication time 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 actual publication, or a link to its presence online. If the applicant was 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 publication frequency and visitor statistics (unique visitors and page views).

Please have the following supporting documents ready for digital upload in the online accreditation process:

  • Official confirmation letter (PDF) from the assigning editor confirming your assignment to cover the festival, stating the intention to air your reports, and giving information about the programme (e.g. periodicity, time of broadcast, audience ratings); names and jobs of the crew members to be accredited
  • Scan of last year’s coverage or proof of publication (max. 50 MB)

Please have the following supporting documents ready for digital upload in the online accreditation process:

  • Official confirmation letter (PDF) from the assigning editor or agency director confirming your assignment to cover the festival
  • Proofs of publication (max. 50 MB)
  • Scan of press card

Please have the following supporting documents ready for digital upload in the online accreditation process:

  • An official letter of confirmation (PDF) from your agency director, the film production company or film distributor with all information on the films you will be representing at the Berlinale

Access Authorisations:

  • Your accreditation is valid for the duration of the festival.
  • The accreditation gives access to press screenings, Press Conferences and other festival section events (excluding individually arranged "PR agents without theatre entry" accreditations, which give access to the Press Centre and press conferences only). Find more information on cinema access here.
  • You will receive detailed information regarding access permissions to individual film screenings with your accreditation confirmation, and when collecting your accreditation at the Press Counter.
  • Your accreditation grants you access to all EFM locations. Please understand that, during peak visitor periods, priority of access is given to accredited Market and Buyers Badge holders.

  • Your accreditation is valid for the duration of the festival.
  • The accreditation gives access to press conferences and specified Red Carpet areas.
  • TV and radio technicians will be given special filming permits and work permits for the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and for special events. For this purpose, please make sure to contact the Press Office in a timely manner: .
  • Your accreditation grants you access to all EFM locations. Please understand that, during peak visitor periods, priority of access is given to accredited Market and Buyers Badge holders.
  • Accreditation as a technician does not grant access to screenings.

  • Your accreditation is valid for the duration of the festival.
  • The accreditation grants access to Photo Calls and Press Conferences (limited capacity), cast and crew presentations on stage after the screenings 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.
  • You can send a request to the press department 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.
  • Your accreditation grants you access to all EFM locations. Please understand that, during peak visitor periods, priority of access is given to accredited Market and Buyers Badge holders.
  • Accreditation as a photographer does not grant access to screenings.

Recordings:

Media recordings are not to disturb the course of events.

TV, film, digital, video and sound recordings and photography in which a part of a film screening is recorded violate copyright law and are illegal. The failure to comply with this law will be prosecuted.

  • Access is limited for certain special events and official celebrations and is granted only by the press department
  • For the Opening and Closing Gala auditorium events, access is limited to photographers and radio journalists. TV press has no access. TV, film, digital and video recordings are generally not permitted during the Opening and Closing Gala events. Access to pool material may be requested through the press department: .

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

Cinema access for press and festival screenings

Accreditation as a print, online, radio or TV journalist or as a PR agent (excluding "PR agent without screening access") grants access to all press and festival screenings. Entrance to screenings is possible either by simply presenting your accreditation badge or by obtaining a cinema ticket. We will send you an email detailing the entry permissions granted by your accreditation one week before the festival begins.

Press screenings for films in the Competition, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama, Forum, Forum Expanded, Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series can be attended by simply presenting your accreditation badge. Please note that popular screenings may reach full capacity. Furthermore, there are screenings from all sections, where an additional ticket is required. Please find information on how to get a ticket below.

The sections Generation, Retrospective, Berlinale Classics and Homage do not have dedicated press screenings. Please pick up a ticket for the public screenings at your press ticket counter. The same applies for every public screening of the other sections.

How do I obtain a cinema ticket?
Tickets can be picked up free of charge from the dedicated press ticket counter at the press centre. Tickets for accredited press will only be issued to the respective individual upon presentation of their accreditation badge and subject to availability on a first come, first served basis. Tickets are exclusively issued for the personal use of accredited press and are only valid in combination with their accreditation badge (the badge must be presented for checking at the cinema entrance). A maximum of one ticket is available per person per screening or event per time slot. There is no guarantee of obtaining a ticket for a specific screening or that a specific number of tickets will be available.

How many days in advance can I obtain tickets?
Cinema tickets for accredited visitors are available for screenings on the day itself and for the following day. It is not possible to reserve tickets.

When is the best time to go to the ticket counter to pick up the desired tickets?
Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. Please note that demand for tickets can be particularly high during the opening days of the festival. Arriving in good time at the ticket counter increases your chances of obtaining the desired tickets.

How can I cancel a ticket?
Already collected tickets that then cannot be used should be returned to the counter where they were obtained. If the ticket is not returned, it will not be possible to attend a different screening of the film because accredited visitors can only obtain a maximum of one ticket per film or event.

Can someone else pick up the tickets for me?
Tickets for accredited visitors can only be picked up in person and upon presentation of their accreditation badge.

Contact Press Accreditation

Maximilian Fleischer
Tel. +49 30 25920-747
Fax +49 30 25920-799

Michaela Herzhauser
phone +49 30 25920-780

Wolfgang Samlowski
(as of December)
phone +49 30 25920-789

Jutta Eberhard
(as of December)
phone +49 30 25920-702

Giorgia Huelsse
(as of December)
Tel. +49 30 25920-746
Fax +49 30 25920-799

Melina Wältermann
Tel. +49 30 25920-707
Fax +49 30 25920-799

Non-reporting editors of TV feature film departments and TV buyers please contact the general accreditation department:

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 Web Support

For technical questions concerning the accreditation process

Web Support
phone +49 30 25920-800
 

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