Press Releases 2020

Competition | Berlinale Shorts | Panorama

Mar 28, 2019: Berlinale 2020: Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek Announce the First Developments

Selection committee appointed / New heads for Berlinale Shorts and Panorama / Outlook onto 70th anniversary [...]

May 07, 2019: Berlinale 2020: New Directors Create Additional Competition Encounters

New competitive section / new foreign delegates and advisors / changes for special series NATIVe and Culinary Cinema [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

May 09, 2019: Cristina Nord Appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum

The film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord will assume the directorship of the Forum section starting on August 1, 2019 [...]
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May 13, 2019: Dieter Kosslick Thanks Culinary Cinema Curator Thomas Struck and the Chefs of the Special Series

The special series Culinary Cinema took place for the 13th and last time at the Berlinale in February 2019 [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

May 14, 2019: Berlinale 2020: Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the EFM

EFM’s “Country in Focus” programme was launched in 2017 and aims to present in depth the film industry and filmmakers of a country and offer them a special platform. [...]
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Jun 25, 2019: Berlinale 2019 Summer Spotlight

Great films in the summertime and outdoors [...]
World Cinema Fund

Jul 11, 2019: Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Funding Recommendations for Projects from Argentina, Ecuador, Thailand, the Philippines, Colombia, Nigeria, South Africa, Senegal and Brazil

At the 30th jury session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries recommended contributing to the funding of 13 film projects [...]
Berlinale Shorts | Additional Information

Aug 05, 2019: Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in Chile

Berlinale Spotlight is an extension of the main festival in February and makes Berlinale activities visible throughout the year [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Aug 20, 2019: European Film Market expands: “EFM Landmark” offers an additional business platform for producers and film commissioners

Over the past 20 years, film commissions have become a key factor in the international film industry [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Aug 27, 2019: Berlinale Forum: New Head Appoints Selection Committee

Film critic, author and curator Cristina Nord, head of Berlinale Forum since August 1, 2019, has assembled a new programming team [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Aug 29, 2019: Berlinale Co-Production Market: Submit International Feature Film and Series Projects Now

Until October 9, 2019, internationally experienced producers may submit new feature film projects in need of co-producers and financiers to the 17th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 22 - 26, 2020) [...]
Generation | Additional Information

Sep 03, 2019: Berlinale Spotlight: Generation in Japan and Indonesia 2019

In partnership with two Asian festivals, the Berlinale section Generation will present curated film programmes under the banner of Berlinale Spotlight: Generation [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series | European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Sep 11, 2019: Berlinale 2020: New Head for Berlinale Series, and “Drama Series Days” Becomes “Berlinale Series Market”

Over the years, episodic content has become a potent and steady part of the Berlinale programme [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Oct 09, 2019: Berlinale 2020: Retrospective “King Vidor”

The Retrospective of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the American film director, producer, and screenwriter King Vidor (1894-1982) who holds a central place in the history of US cinema [...]
World Cinema Fund | Additional Information

Oct 29, 2019: Berlinale Spotlight: World Cinema Fund at the Berlin film festival “Around the World in 14 Films”

For many years now, the Berlinale has extended its presence beyond the festival season with specially curated programmes. These activities are known as Berlinale Spotlight [...]
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Nov 01, 2019: Berlinale 2020 Dates and Outlook to 2021

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be held from February 20 to March 01, 2020 [...]
Berlinale Shorts | Additional Information

Nov 07, 2019: Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in Iran and South Asia

Starting in November, Berlinale short films will be shown in various Berlinale Spotlight programmes in Iran and South Asia [...]
Additional Information | Awards

Nov 13, 2019: Berlinale Documentary Film Award 2020: rbb is the New Award Sponsor and rbb media is a Berlinale Co-Partner

As of 2020, the Berlinale Documentary Film Award will be endowed with € 40,000 in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Nov 19, 2019: Berlinale Classics 2020 – Waxworks by Paul Leni – World Premiere of the Digitally Restored Version

The Berlinale Classics series will celebrate its opening on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film classic Waxworks (dir: Paul Leni). [...]
World Cinema Fund

Nov 25, 2019: The Berlinale World Cinema Fund Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary and Announces Newest Funding Selections

The World Cinema Fund (WCF) looks back on 15 years of successful film funding. Since its founding, funding has gone to 232 film projects [...]
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Nov 27, 2019: Berlinale 2020: Actor Samuel Finzi Will Host Opening Gala and Awards Ceremony

“As a European, it’s a great honour for me to be a part of one of the most important film festivals worldwide. I’m very happy about the opportunity to be a part of 2020 Berlinale on the occasion of its 70th anniversary, and a new beginning.” [...]
Additional Information | Berlinale Talents

Dec 03, 2019: “Berlin Film Residencies”: Medienboard, Nipkow and Berlinale Launch New Joint Website for Filmmakers

The new “Berlin Film Residencies” portal provides an overview of the different scholarship programmes supported by the Medienboard [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Dec 04, 2019: Berlinale 2020 – Homage and Honorary Golden Bear for Helen Mirren

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will honour Oscar-winner Dame Helen Mirren with its Homage and award her the Honorary Golden Bear for her lifetime achievement [...]
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Dec 13, 2019: Berlinale Welcomes Another Principal Partner: MagentaTV

The television and streaming service by Deutsche Telekom will be supporting the 2020 festival [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Dec 16, 2019: Pinocchio as Berlinale Special Gala at the Berlinale Palast

The first prominent guest of the Berlinale Special Gala will be director Matteo Garrone with Pinocchio, which will celebrate its festival premiere at the Berlinale Palast [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Dec 16, 2019: First Works Confirmed for Forum Expanded

The selection of the 15th Forum Expanded is nearly complete [...]

Dec 16, 2019: Should I Stay or Should I Go – Young People on the Move

20 films have so far been confirmed by Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus. The multi-faceted stories tell of young people on the move, exploring themselves and new worlds [...]

Dec 16, 2019: Panorama 2020: (Un)common Grounds

Panorama confirms the first 18 films, including eleven world premieres and five directorial debuts [...]
Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Dec 16, 2019: Empowerment in the Perspektive

Perspektive Deutsches Kino (section head Linda Söffker) is re-establishing itself and providing a platform for young German film at the historic Kino International [...]
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Dec 19, 2019: Berlinale 2020: Key Visual and 70th Anniversary Events

The 2020 festival poster was created by the renowned Berlin design agency State [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Dec 20, 2019: The Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded Present Their 2020 Anniversary Programme

The Berlinale Forum takes place for the 50th time in 2020. In collaboration with Forum Expanded, the section will be presenting the films shown in the year it was founded to celebrate this anniversary [...]

Jan 09, 2020: Jeremy Irons Will Be the Jury President of the Berlinale 2020

The festival management of the Berlinale is honoured to have won Jeremy Irons for this anniversary edition. [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 14, 2020: Berlinale Special: Multifaceted Programme

Further films announced [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 14, 2020: “Co-Pro Series” 2020: Ten Selected Series Projects Seek International Partners

On February 25 and 26, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will invite producers, programming directors, distributors and series financiers to the exclusive pitch event “Co-Pro Series” [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 14, 2020: The EFM in Series: "Berlinale Series Market & Conference" With Current Topics and Showcases

“Berlinale Series Market & Conference” (previously “Drama Series Days”) will be offering a curated selection of Market Screenings and an international, top-class conference programme for the sixth time from February 24 to 26 at the Zoo Palast [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 14, 2020: Berlinale Series 2020: Authentic Stories, Recounted In Uncompromising Style

Dare to be seen, own your story, give sex a chance and stay true to your unique, unapologetic style [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 15, 2020: Berlinale Co-Production Market Brings 36 International Feature Film Projects Into Play

Filmmakers such as Adina Pintilie, Milko Lazarov, Pepa San Martín, Simon Jaquemet, Mariana Rondón, Radu Jude, Kasia Rosłaniec or John Trengove, whose previous feature films were already part of the Berlinale programme, some having received Bears, are presenting new projects [...]
Berlinale Talents

Jan 15, 2020: Collectively Creative: 255 Talents From 86 Countries at Berlinale Talents

Each individual is a highlight — and a collective of many is unstoppable [...]
Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Jan 15, 2020: Heimatfilm and Heimat Horror

In a compact programme with four outstanding documentary and feature films each the Perspektive Deutsches Kino shows what motivates the new filmmakers and what questions they pose in reflection of society and its social and political orientation [...]

Jan 17, 2020: Programme Encounters Completed: Vitality of Cinema in All of Its Forms

In addition to Competition and Berlinale Shorts, the new competitive section Encounters will be introduced in 2020 [...]
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Jan 17, 2020: Special Programme at the 70th Berlinale: „On Transmission”

During the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the anniversary will be celebrated with the special programme “On Transmission” at the Akademie der Künste (Academy of Arts) [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 20, 2020: “EFM Producers Hub” and “DocSalon” Back with New Co-Operations and Content

The programme of the “EFM Producers Hub” will cover all topics of current relevance for producers while offering its usual diverse range of content for industry attendees. “DocSalon” will once again provide guests from the documentary film branch with opportunities for networking and exchange [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Jan 20, 2020: Forum: Galloping Between Different Eras

2020 is a year of many changes. The Berlinale Forum has a new section head in the form of Cristina Nord and a new selection procedure, with many new faces among the advisors and in the selection committee [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Jan 20, 2020: Forum Expanded 2020: Part of the Problem

The new decade begins at a time which has produced a great deal of speechlessness and thus a need for ever clearer words to be found [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 21, 2020: “Books at Berlinale”: Twelve International Literary Works in Search of Film Producers

On February 24, at the “Books at Berlinale” pitching event, a co-operation with Frankfurter Buchmesse, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will once again present twelve exceptional works of literature that are particularly well-suited for screen-adaptation [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 21, 2020: Berlinale Special: Memory, Genre and Parable

The Berlinale Special takes audiences on a journey around the world and gives memory a special role [...]

Jan 21, 2020: Panorama 2020: Crossing Borders

Young, political, combative: the 70th Berlinale Panorama [...]

Jan 22, 2020: Generation: Take It to the Limit

With daring films and protagonists who relentlessly confront themselves and society, the Generation programme explores opportunities for change in cinema and the world [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 23, 2020: Berlinale Special: Perspectives on Society

Further Berlinale Special films have been confirmed [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Jan 23, 2020: Berlinale Classics – Six Classic Films Celebrate World Premieres in Digitally Restored Versions

The Berlinale Classics section, curated by Rainer Rother, will salute “100 years of Fellini” with Il bidone (The Swindle) [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 24, 2020: The 70th Berlinale Opens With Philippe Falardeau’s My Salinger Year

In launching the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale Special Gala My Salinger Year by writer/director Philippe Falardeau will celebrate its world premiere on February 20, 2020 at the Berlinale Palast [...]
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Jan 28, 2020: Sustainability at the Berlinale

With the 70th Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival is reaffirming its commitment to the 2030 Agenda set out by the United Nations, including its 17 Sustainable Development Goals [...]
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Jan 28, 2020: Diversity at the Berlinale

The advent of a more inclusive film industry constitutes one of this sector’s greatest structural challenges. [...]

Jan 28, 2020: Berlinale Camera 2020: Tribute to Ulrike Ottinger

At the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, the director and artist Ulrike Ottinger will be honoured with the Berlinale Camera [...]
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Jan 28, 2020: Berlinale Goes Kiez: Selected Festival Films and International Guests in the Cinema Around the Corner

From February 22 to 28, 2020, Berlinale Goes Kiez will bring festival films and their teams into the programme cinemas throughout Berlin and the surrounding area [...]
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Jan 29, 2020: Press Dossier for the 70th Berlin International Film Festival

Detailed information on the Berlinale 2020 [...]
Competition | Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 29, 2020: The 70th Berlinale Competition and Further Films to Complete the Berlinale Special

The Competition programme includes 18 films from 18 countries with 16 world premieres as well as one documentary form [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Feb 04, 2020: O.K. in the Forum Anniversary Programme

The unrest of the late sixties also spread to film festivals [...]

Feb 04, 2020: Berlinale Documentary Award — Funded by rbb

The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to the diversity of documentary forms. A distinct award for the best documentary film was launched in 2017 [...]

Feb 04, 2020: GWFF Best First Feature Award Jury

Since 2006, when it introduced the GWFF Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of filmmakers [...]
Awards | Generation

Feb 04, 2020: Berlinale Generation Introduces Its Juries

International film experts and young cineastes comprise the four official juries of Berlinale Generation [...]
Encounters | Awards

Feb 04, 2020: Encounters Jury

In 2020 the new competitive section Encounters will be introduced. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official programme [...]
Competition | Awards

Feb 04, 2020: Berlinale 2020: International Jury

Once again a multitalented International Jury will decide who will take home the Golden and the Silver Bears at the Berlinale 2020. 18 films are competing for the awards in this year’s Competition. The winners will be announced at the Berlinale Palast on February 29 [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 06, 2020: Raise Your Eyes: “EFM Horizon” Presents Social, Artistic and Technological Developments in the Film and Creative Industries of the Coming Years

Sustainability, well-being, diversity, storytelling, artificial intelligence and immersive media are the focus [...]
Berlinale Talents

Feb 06, 2020: Berlinale Talents 2020: Public Programme and Talents Footprints Jury

There are questions better answered together. Berlinale Talents dedicates nearly 100 events, of which 33 are public, to the personal, professional and societal issues of today [...]
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Feb 11, 2020: Berlinale in Numbers

In addition to the film statistics, the Berlinale has published the ratio of female directors in the Berlinale programme every year since 2004. A first overview of this year's report is already available [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 11, 2020: “Berlinale Africa Hub”: Edutainment, Social Impact and Cooperation in Africa and its Diasporas

The EFM platform “Berlinale Africa Hub” is taking place for the fourth time. This year, the initiative has moved from Gropius Park to a new location on the first floor of the Marriott Hotel. Another new feature is the expansion of the spectrum of the “Berlinale Africa Hub” to now encompass the entire African continent [...]
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Feb 11, 2020: Berlinale Opening Live Across Germany

With the kind support of ZDF/3sat and CinemaxX, on February 20 at 7.20 pm, the Opening Gala of the 70th Berlinale and the premiere of the opening film will be broadcast in cinemas in four German cities for the first time [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Feb 11, 2020: Berlinale Classics & Retrospektive: Events

The screening schedule will be complemented by eight special events [...]
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Feb 11, 2020: Berlinale Goes Kiez: The Programme

From February 22 to 28, Berlinale Goes Kiez rolls out the Red Carpet every day in a different neighbourhood and brings the festival atmosphere and international guests into the programme cinemas of the city and the surrounding area [...]
World Cinema Fund

Feb 14, 2020: Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) at the 70th Berlinale: WCF Day With Director’s Talk / a Focus on Audience Design / Expansion of the Funding Programme / WCF-Film opens Panorama

15 Years of Diversity, Artistic Brilliance, Sustainable International Cooperation and the Promotion of Cinema [...]
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Feb 18, 2020: The Official Partners of the 70th Berlinale

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be sponsored by the main partners Audi, MagentaTV, L’Oréal Paris and ZDF, the co-partners Mastercard and rbb media as well as around 30 other national and international companies [...]
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Feb 18, 2020: The Berlinale Commissions Historical Expertise on Alfred Bauer and Awards a Special Prize for its 70th Anniversary

In response to the recently published sources on the role of Alfred Bauer, the first director of the Berlin International Film Festival, in National Socialist film politics, the Berlinale has suspended the Silver Bear - Alfred Bauer Prize with immediate effect [...]
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Feb 19, 2020: A Brilliant Start for the 70th Berlinale

On February 20, the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will celebrate its glittering start in the Berlinale Palast [...]
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Feb 20, 2020: Berlinale Opening: A Minute of Silence For the Victims of Hanau

With great dismay and sorrow, the Berlinale learned of the fatal attack yesterday in Hanau [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 24, 2020: Projects with Potential: Three Prizes and 1,500 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

At the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 22 to 26), three cash prizes have been awarded to selected feature film projects [...]
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Feb 26, 2020: Successful First Half of the Berlinale Anniversary Edition

In light of its very successful start, the festival is thrilled about the great interest shown by trade visitors and the public at the 70th Berlinale. [...]
World Cinema Fund

Feb 28, 2020: Berlinale World Cinema Fund With Two New Funding Activities

In cooperation with the ACP Secretariat (African, Caribbean and Pacific Group of States) and the European Commission, the WCF launches the new funding programme WCF ACP / In cooperation with TorinoFilmLab (TFL), the Audience Design Award – by WCF Europe & TFL will be initiated [...]

Feb 29, 2020: The Awards of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival

All the awards - official and independent juries - of the the 70th Berlin International Film Festival. [...]
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Mar 03, 2020: 70th Berlinale: Successful Anniversary Edition for Audience and Industry

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival ended successfully with the “Berlinale Publikumstag” on March 1 [...]
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Mar 09, 2020: The Berlinale Protests the Imminent Incarceration of Golden Bear Winner Mohammad Rasoulof

The Berlin International Film Festival was dismayed to learn of the order of imminent incarceration issued by the Iranian authorities against the renowned director Mohammad Rasoulof [...]
Berlinale Shorts | Additional Information

Mar 10, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in Berlin

In cooperation with the Junge Akademie, the first Berlinale Spotlights: Berlinale Shorts will take place this year in Berlin as part of the shorts / salon
Due to the current situation regarding COVID-19, both events are cancelled. We hope they will take place at a later date. [...]
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Apr 25, 2020: The Berlinale Congratulates the Winners of the German Film Award

In these challenging times shaped by the coronavirus, it is particularly encouraging to witness what an excellent contribution films once again make to our culture [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

May 19, 2020: Berlinale Thanks Matthijs Wouter Knol for His Long-Time Commitment

After a total of twelve remarkable years at the Berlin International Film Festival, Matthijs Wouter Knol will take charge of the European Film Academy on January 1, 2021 [...]
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May 26, 2020: Berlinale at We Are One: A Global Film Festival

On May 29, We Are One: A Global Film Festival will start. In order to display solidarity in the midst of the corona crisis, and with the aim of initiating a fundraiser for the WHO as well as for local organisations, numerous film festivals will participate. [...]