The audience shows its unflagging enthusiasm. The shirt-sleeved treatment of stars, which is evident in many photos from the time, gave the Berlinale the image of the “festival of the man in the street”. With its cordiality, the Berlinale did in fact try to make up for what was lacking in glamour by comparison to competing festivals Cannes and Venice.
The Berlinale receives "A" status
In 1956 the festival managed to a great leap forward in terms of image, when FIAPF awarded the Berlinale the much sough-after A status. The Competition earned a considerable of esteem, making the festival more attractive internationally. The number of professional guests (1,100) and journalists (500) doubled over the previous year. A status also meant that protocol was more important. The Berlinale grew up fast: the audience now had to be controlled: barriers were set up in from of festival venues. You could only wave at the stars from a distance, rubbing elbows with them was a thing of the past.