Online submission for 2019 will be activated in early September.
Please note that all information currently given on these pages refers to the Berlinale 2018 and is supposed to offer a general insight into film entry procedures.
The link for uploading your file will be provided on the confirmation page at the end of the application form for film submissions. Should you wish to upload your film at a later date, you can do so at any time via the link on the “My Account / My Film Entry” page which will be activated once you have successfully registered your film.
After the upload is completed, your data will be processed and encrypted. The processing can take some time. You will receive an e-mail notification as soon as your file is ready to be released. In the next step you can check your processed file, change the thumbnail preview picture – or, if necessary, upload a new version of your selection screener.
In a last and important step, expressly approve the finished file to enter the selection screenings. Your film will only be released to the Berlinale selection boards with your final authorisation. Therefore please do not forget to click the "release" button.
To ensure a high technical quality, the following settings for file compression are suggested:
|Size / aspect ratio||Video codec / min. bit rate||Audio codec / min. bit rate|
|1920 x 1080 px / 16:9 HD||H.264 high profile
5.000 - 10.000 Kbit/s
|AAC / 320 Kbit/s
sampling rate 48 kHz
The Berlinale only accepts content that is fully DCI/SMPTE compliant.
It is strongly recommended to commission a professional service provider to create the DCP. Please do not send untested DCP's that have not been approved by a DCP mastering facility. DCPs may be delivered by digital file transfer via upload to the Aspera servers of the Berlinale. The service is free of charge but you will need to have a broadband internet connection (> 50Mbit upstream). Please contact the Film Office () for access details and upload instructions.
If you wish to submit a DCP on a physical data carrier you may send a removable hard disk drive, (see details below) to the Berlinale Film Office (see address below).
The Berlinale prefers unencrypted content, as it accommodates the need for programming flexibility. If your DCP is encrypted, KDMs need to be uploaded to the keyserver of the Berlinale via SSL upload. You will receive your personalized access information and the certificate that is required for KDM generation. Please contact the Film Office () if you intend to submit an encrypted DCP, and send the e-mail address which should receive the access information for the keyserver.
The selection screenings of the Berlinale take place in up to seven theatres and are programmed at short notice for the individual selection committees. As the selection screening dates cannot be exactly determined in advance, the Berlinale strongly recommends uploading DKDMs that are valid for the entire period of the selection (from the moment the DCP arrives in Berlin until mid-January 2018).
Should you prefer issuing single KDMs, please inform the Film Office in time. The Berlinale will provide you with the appropriate certificates for the selection screening venues as well as the period of validity of the KDMs via e-mail.
If you have any questions regarding encryption/KDMs please contact the Film Office of the Berlinale ().
DCP distribution disks shall contain a standard “MBR” partition table. This is meant to specifically exclude “GPT”, “BSD”, and other partition table types. The MBR partition table shall contain one and only one partition record. The single partition record shall be the first Primary partition record. The partition identifier shall be 0x83, indicating a Linux native partition. The distribution media partition shall be formatted in either the EXT2 or the EXT3 format. When the file system is formatted, the inode size shall be set to 128 bytes. EXT3 is preferred.
All screening material for selection should be sent to the following address:
Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Tel. +49 • 30 • 259 20 • 888
Fax +49 • 30 • 259 20 • 899