News / Press Releases 71st Berlinale

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May 28, 2020: Berlinale Mourns the Loss of Irm Hermann

The actress Irm Hermann died on May 26, 2020. Due to her decades of work with leading German directors such as Christoph Schlingensief, Hans W. Geissendörfer, Loriot, Ulrike Ottinger and above all Rainer Werner Fassbinder, she was one of the most striking faces of German film [...]
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May 28, 2020: Remembering Renate Krößner

In the 1980s, Krößner was best known for her portrayal of the young singer Sunny in Konrad Wolf's last film Solo Sunny, for which she received the Silver Bear for Best Actress at the 30th Berlinale in 1980 [...]
World Cinema Fund

Jul 21, 2020: Berlinale World Cinema Fund: 14 New Funding Recommendations, Start of WCF ACP and First WCF Europe - TFL Audience Design Award

In the 32nd jury meeting of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries made a total of 14 funding recommendations [...]
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Jul 23, 2020: Outdoor Summer Berlinale

Finally, it’s time to go to the cinema again - from August 10 to 12, 2020, audience favourites from this year’s Berlinale will be presented at Berlin’s outdoor cinema Freiluftkino Friedrichshain [...]
Competition | Generation | European Film Market & Co-Production Market | Awards | Additional Information

Aug 24, 2020: Berlinale 2021: Festival Planned as Physical Event / New: Gender-Neutral Performance Awards

The Berlin International Film Festival has made its first decisions for the 2021 festival. The Berlinale 2021 is being planned as a physical festival. A hybrid model is intended for the European Film Market (EFM) [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Aug 25, 2020: Berlinale Co-Production Market: Call for Feature Film and Series Project Submissions

Until September 30, 2020, experienced producers from all over the world can submit new feature-length film projects in need of co-producers and financiers to the 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 13 - 17, 2021) [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Sep 07, 2020: Dennis Ruh to Head the EFM / First Look at the 2021 EFM

On November 1, 2020, Dennis Ruh will take over as director of the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlinale [...]
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Sep 11, 2020: Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Academy Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Writer, Human Rights Lawyer, and Activist Nasrin Sotoudeh [...]
Generation | Additional Information

Sep 14, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: Generation in Japan 2020

With its specially curated programmes, the Berlinale has been present around the world for many years. Moreover, the Berlinale Spotlight extends the festival period and makes the activities of the Berlinale visible throughout the year [...]
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Sep 21, 2020: The Berlinale Calls for the Release of Hajooj Kuka

The Berlin International Film Festival joins the international protest against the arrest of Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka and four other artists [...]
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Sep 23, 2020: Berlinale Mourns the Loss of Michael Gwisdek

The well-known Berliner actor and director passed away on September 22, 2020 [...]
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Sep 30, 2020: Historical Study on Berlinale Founding Director Alfred Bauer

The study confirms that Bauer's role in the Reichsfilmintendanz was more significant than previously known and was systematically covered up by him after 1945 [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Oct 09, 2020: EFM Looking Forward to Italy as “Country in Focus” in 2022

Originally planned for the upcoming Berlinale, Italy will now be the “Country in Focus” in 2022 at the European Film Market (EFM) of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Oct 15, 2020: Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”

The 2021 Retrospective of the Berlin International Film Festival will showcase the comedic oeuvre of American actresses Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard. The spotlight will be on some 30 films that bear the unmistakeable signature of each of the actresses in a classic Hollywood comedy [...]
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Nov 09, 2020: The Berlinale Mourns the Death of Fernando Solanas

Solanas was one of Latin America’s most important political filmmakers, who never tired of protesting against the injustices and iniquities in his home country of Argentina, as well as in the rest of the world [...]
World Cinema Fund

Nov 13, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: World Cinema Fund in Its Third Year with ‟Around the World in 14 Films”

Since 2018, the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) has been a guest at the Berlin film festival “Around the World in 14 Films” (December 3 to 12, 2020) with an annual Berlinale Spotlight [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Nov 30, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: 50 Years of the Forum in New York

Together with film curators of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Berlinale Forum has put together six programmes entitled “Comes the Revolution: The Berlinale Forum at 50”, which can be seen online from December 14 to 20 [...]
World Cinema Fund

Dec 11, 2020: Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Twelve New Funding Recommendations

In the 33rd jury session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries made twelve funding recommendations [...]
Competition | European Film Market & Co-Production Market | Berlinale Talents | World Cinema Fund | Additional Information

Dec 18, 2020: Berlinale 2021 Will Be a Festival in Two Stages: Industry Online Offer in March / Public Event in June

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public [...]
World Cinema Fund

Jan 15, 2021: World Cinema Fund: WCF Days with “Director’s Talk”, “Decolonising Cinema” and “Can We Write Cinema? Script and Visual Language”

Since 2004, the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) has successfully supported film production in regions with poor film infrastructure with its increasingly differentiated funding programme (WCF, WCF Europe, WCF Africa, WCF ACP) and embarked on cultural diversity in German cinemas [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 15, 2021: Berlinale Co-Production Market Brings Together 35 Feature Film Projects Online with International Partners

The well-proven concept of the Berlinale Co-Production Market - carefully planned meetings for a highly selective portfolio of projects - this time will be implemented in an online version [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 15, 2021: Digitising the Business: The European Film Market Presents its Online Event Structure

From March 1 to 5, 2021, the EFM will take place in the form of numerous online offers and events [...]
Berlinale Talents

Jan 15, 2021: Dream On! – Topic, Structure and Participants of Berlinale Talents 2021

Even in the middle of a pandemic, Berlinale Talents creates a space for encounters, networks and exchanges. Placed under the sign of “Dreams”, this 19th edition will take place between March 1 to 5, 2021 [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 26, 2021: Berlinale Co-Production Market: “Co-Pro Series” 2021 – Ten Outstanding Series Projects in Search of International Partners

For the seventh year running, the Berlinale Co-Production Market invites producers, editors, distributors and other series financiers to pitches and meetings at “Co-Pro Series” from March 2 to 5 [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 26, 2021: Series Marathon at the EFM: Current Trends, Themes and Showcases at “Berlinale Series Market & Conference”

From March 2 to 5, 2021, the seventh edition of “Berlinale Series Market & Conference” will present a top-notch programme [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Jan 26, 2021: Berlinale Series 2021: Toxic Antiheroes, Utopias of Freedom

In an unusual year, the selection of the Berlinale Series consists of six titles which, with unconventional and surprising topics, narratives and visual style, comprise a mirror of our time [...]
Competition | Panorama | Berlinale Shorts | Forum & Forum Expanded | Generation | Perspektive Deutsches Kino | Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage | Awards

Feb 01, 2021: Golden Bear Winners Form the International Jury of the 71st Berlinale

With the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale is entering into new territory. The festival will take place in two stages. As already announced, the Industry Event kicks off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale will invite the audience to the Summer Special [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 03, 2021: “EFM Goes Global”: Global Market Screening Initiative Kicks Off

The initiative allows market participants in key film distribution territories outside Europe to view films from the official Berlinale selection in cinemas [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 03, 2021: “Books at Berlinale” 2021: From Page to Screen

On March 4, the Berlinale Co-Production Market will present ten high quality books especially well-suited to screen adaptation at “Books at Berlinale” [...]
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Feb 05, 2021: The Berlinale Motif of the 2021 Festival Edition

The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will take place in two stages. The key design has now been set [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Feb 08, 2021: Berlinale 2021 – Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”

For the Retrospective, the selection committee led by Rainer Rother has put together a programme of 27 comedies featuring three different American actresses [...]
Generation

Feb 08, 2021: Berlinale Generation 2021: Whispering Softly, Shouting Loudly

With seven world premieres and six debuts among the 15 selected films, Generation offers significant artistic diversity in the two competitions Kplus and 14plus, even with this year’s reduced selection [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Feb 09, 2021: 16th Forum Expanded - The Days Float Through My Eyes

The Forum Expanded film selection consists of four short film selections, one medium-length film and two feature-length films, with a total of 18 films to be shown in March [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Feb 09, 2021: Slaloming Between Fiction and Documentary: the Films of the 51st Berlinale Forum

Work, love, friendship, cinema: today, all these things have to be managed very differently than a year ago. The certainties we were still able to rely on in autumn 2019 have become porous [...]
Berlinale Shorts

Feb 09, 2021: Berlinale Shorts 2021: Tell Me about Yourself so that I Can Understand the World

“Art, and film in particular, allows us to see the world through different eyes. It helps us to experience reality through someone else’s perception, to rethink it and to find our place within it,” says Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck, section head of Berlinale Shorts [...]
Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Feb 10, 2021: Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2021: Stay or Go? How and Where Do We Want to - or Can We - Live?

From a total of 225 submitted films, a selection representative of this year was created for the 2021 Perspektive Deutsches Kino [...]
Panorama

Feb 10, 2021: Panorama 2021: Between Doubt and Revolt – A Critical Look at Power Relations

“2021 is characterised by combative, political cinema. The cinematic gazes of strong female directors, critical new cinema from the Middle East, as well as Indigenous and queer narratives are setting clear focal points in the Panorama,” comments section head Michael Stütz [...]
Encounters

Feb 10, 2021: Encounters – Regaining a Sense of Discovery

The competitive section Encounters was introduced in 2020. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official film selection [...]

Feb 11, 2021: Press Dossier for the 71st Berlin International Film Festival

The press dossier comprises the film selection of the 71st Berlinale [...]
Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Feb 11, 2021: Berlinale Special – Engaging Stories, Current Topics, Personal Journeys

This year’s line-up comprises eleven titles from ten countries, among them are three first features [...]
Competition

Feb 11, 2021: Competition - Reshaping Cinematic Forms

In total there are 15 films, two of which are first features, which will compete for the Golden Bear and the Silver Bears [...]
Berlinale Talents

Feb 17, 2021: Conquering Dreamlands: The Berlinale Talents Programme is Public!

Berlinale Talents’ dreamy programme is complete. Within the scope of the industry-led first part of the festival, Berlinale Talents continues to be a home for encounters between outstanding artists and the film-loving public [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Feb 17, 2021: The Stage is Set for the 2021 European Film Market: The Comprehensive Conference and Film Programme is Going Online

On February 17, the European Film Market is rolling out the red carpet for the international film industry [...]
Generation | Awards

Feb 18, 2021: Generation Juries 2021

The actress Jella Haase, the director Mees Peijnenburg and the director / writer Melanie Waelde form the International Jury of the 44th Generation [...]
Berlinale Shorts | Awards

Feb 18, 2021: The 2021 International Short Film Jury

The three members of the International Short Film Jury will decide on the award winners, which will be announced during the Industry Event on March 4, 2021 [...]
Encounters | Awards

Feb 18, 2021: Encounters Jury

A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award, and will announce them during the Berlinale Industry Event on March 5 [...]
World Cinema Fund

Feb 25, 2021: WCF Day on March 5 With a Focus on "Decolonising Cinema"

The WCF Day is offered online due to the pandemic and can be accessed free of charge [...]
Competition | Berlinale Shorts | Generation | Encounters | Awards

Feb 26, 2021: Schedule for the Jury Decisions 2021

During the Industry Event (March 1 to 5) of the 71st Berlinale, the Juries of the Competition and the sections Berlinale Shorts, Encounters and Generation will announce their award decisions [...]
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Mar 03, 2021: Gender Evaluation

The 2021 Gender Evaluation for download [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market | Awards

Mar 03, 2021: Projects on the Road to Success: Three Awards and 1,300 Meetings at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

At the Berlinale Co-Production Market (March 1 to 5), three monetary awards were presented to selected feature film projects: The Eurimages Co-Production Development Award, the VFF Talent Highlight Award and the ARTEKino International Prize [...]
Perspektive Deutsches Kino | Berlinale Talents | Awards

Mar 03, 2021: The Kompagnon-Fellowships 2021 by Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents

The two Kompagnon-Fellowships, Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents, go to Eliza Petkova as well as Jonas Matauschek and his co-director Christian Johannes Koch [...]
Berlinale Shorts | Awards

Mar 04, 2021: The Award Winners of Berlinale Shorts 2021

The International Short Film Jury announces the prizes for the following films [...]
Generation | Awards

Mar 04, 2021: Generation Kplus and 14plus: The Awards of the Generation International Jury

From a selection of a total of 15 feature films, and due to the pandemic with one jury for both competitions, the members of the International Jury of Generation have announced the winners [...]
Awards

Mar 05, 2021: The Awards of the 71th Berlin International Film Festival

All awards - official and independent juries - of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival. announced so far [...]
Encounters | Awards

Mar 05, 2021: Berlinale 2021: Awards in the Encounters Section

The Encounters jury has decided on the prizes [...]
Competition | Awards

Mar 05, 2021: Berlinale 2021: The Award Winners of the Competition

The members of the International Jury have decided on the prizes in the Competition at the 71st Berlinale [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Mar 09, 2021: A Successful Online Edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market / Golden Bear Goes to a Former Project

At the 2021 Berlinale Co-Production Market, 1,363 pre-scheduled individual meetings with interested co-producers and financiers took place for the selected fiction film and series projects [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Mar 09, 2021: European Film Market Reports a Successful Online Edition

On five market days from March 1 - 5, up to 12,000 market participants from 131 countries took part daily in numerous activities at the EFM [...]
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Mar 12, 2021: The Berlinale Celebrates a Successful First Stage, Looks Forward to the Summer Special With Berlin Audiences, and Sets the Date for the 2022 Festival

Happy winners, good sales at the film market, interesting panel discussions and ample film coverage by the press - the Industry Event of the 71st Berlinale exceeded expectations [...]
Competition | Panorama | Berlinale Shorts | Forum & Forum Expanded | Generation | Perspektive Deutsches Kino | Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage | Additional Information | Encounters | Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Apr 28, 2021: Berlinale: Altered Infection Protection Act Limits Summer Special Options

The festival directors are currently in contact with the authorities to determine the next steps for an all-outdoor event [...]
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May 10, 2021: Berlinale: Summer Special to Take Place as an Outdoor Event

The Berlinale is pleased to be able to give audiences the enjoyment of an open-air cinema experience at 16 venues in total [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

May 17, 2021: Forum Special Programme: “Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany”

The connections between culture in general, cinema in particular, society and racism are currently the subject of controversial discussion. The Berlinale Forum steps into the debate by presenting the film and discussion series “Fiktionsbescheinigung. 16 Cinematic Perspectives on Germany” [...]
Generation

May 26, 2021: Award-winning Films for a Young Audience as Part of the Berlinale Summer Special

The Berlinale is the only major international film festival that also offers a programme for cinephiles under the age of 18: international cinema at the cutting edge which reflects the realities, fantasies and desires of young people [...]
Awards | Competition | Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series | Encounters | Panorama | Forum & Forum Expanded | Generation | Perspektive Deutsches Kino

May 27, 2021: Berlinale Documentary Award – Funded by rbb

In total, 16 documentary forms from the sections Competition, Berlinale Special, Encounters, Panorama, Forum, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Award [...]
Competition | Panorama | Awards

May 27, 2021: Summer Special Will Feature the 2021 Berlinale Competition Audience Award

The International Jury already made their Competition award selections in March of this year, and now at the Summer Special (June 9 - 20), the festival audience will have the opportunity to vote on those same 15 films for the 2021 Berlinale Competition Audience Award [...]
Awards | Competition | Encounters | Panorama | Forum & Forum Expanded | Generation | Perspektive Deutsches Kino

May 27, 2021: GWFF Best First Feature Award

The award will be presented during the official Award Ceremony at the Freiluftkino Museumsinsel on June 13, 2021 at 9.00 pm [...]
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Jun 08, 2021: The Sponsors and Partners of the Berlinale Summer Special Are Set

The Berlinale Summer Special will receive support from the BKM and NEUSTART KULTUR, as well as from L’Oréal Paris, ZDF, rbb media, GWFF, ARRI and Colt [...]
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Jun 08, 2021: Opening of the Berlinale Summer Special

The 71st Berlin International Film Festival Summer Special will begin on June 9, 2021 at 9.30 pm [...]
Awards

Jun 08, 2021: Awards Ceremony on June 13 with the Winning Films of the Berlinale Documentary Award and the GWFF Best First Feature Award

The winning films of the Berlinale Documentary Award - sponsored by rbb - and the GWFF Best First Feature Award have been selected [...]
Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Jun 18, 2021: Winner of the Compass-Perspektive-Award

The Berlinale congratulates Yana Ugrekhelidze on winning the Compass-Perspektive-Award for her film: [...]
Awards | Competition | Panorama

Jun 20, 2021: The Award-Winning Films of the Audience Awards

New this year, is the addition of the 2021 Berlinale Competition Audience Award to the traditional Panorama Audience Award [...]
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Jun 22, 2021: Berlinale Summer Special: A Fantastic New Beginning for Cinema

The 71st Berlin International Film Festival was brought to a successful close on June 20 [...]