Berlinale: Accreditation A-Z

Accreditation A-Z

The registration period for the 70th Berlinale and the EFM 2020 starts mid-November, 2019.

Please note that all information currently given on these pages refers to the Berlinale 2019 and is given subject to alteration in order to offer a general insight into accreditation procedures.

1. Create / Reactivate your account

In order to access the accreditation application form please log in under "My Account". Contact the Web Support if you have forgotten your user name: phone +49 30 25920-800 or

If you do not yet have an account, you can simply create one here.

Please note that your account is valid for as well as

2. Apply for accreditation

Once you have an account, you can submit an application for accreditation under "My Accreditation / EFM Registration". Please fill out all the required fields of the application form. You may need to upload professional supporting documents and, if this is your first online application, a digital passport photo. If you have any further questions please contact your accreditation department.

Please note that the examination of your application can take up to 10 working days!

3. Confirmation and payment

You will receive further information about your accreditation along with the approval of your application via e-mail. Please note that online payment of the accreditation fee is only possible by credit card.

To apply for Festival Accreditation or EFM Registration you need a personal account. Only one application per account is possible.

If you had an account in the past, please continue to use it. If you have forgotten your user name, just contact the Web Support team:
Tel. +49 30 25920-800

Your personal account can be set up on both the EFM or Berlinale website and used again every year. You may choose your own user name.

Members of a German professional association cooperating with the Berlinale should contact their association before completing the online accreditation form and request a code for their application. This code proves the professional status as a filmmaker or representative of the film industry. No further proof of professional affiliation is required.

The Berlinale cooperates with the following German professional associations:

  • AG Dok:
  • Berliner Film- und Fernsehverband e.V.:
  • Bundesverband Regie e.V.:
  • Bundesverband Filmschnitt Editor e.V.:
  • Bundesverband Jugend und Film e.V.:
  • Bundesverband kommunale Filmarbeit e.V.:
  • Bundesverband Produktion Film und Fernsehen:
  • BVK - Berufsverband Kinematografie:
  • Filmbüro Bremen e.V.:
  • Film- und Medienbüro Niedersachsen e.V.:
  • Filmbüro NW e.V.:
  • Filmkultur Schleswig-Holstein e.V.:
  • Film- und Kinobüro Hessen e.V.:
  • Filmverband Sachsen e.V.:
  • Spitzenorganisation der Filmwirtschaft (SPIO):
  • Verband Deutscher Drehbuchautoren e.V.:
  • VSK Verband der Berufsgruppen Szenenbild und Kostümbild:
  • Vedra - Verband für Film- und Fernsehdramaturgie e.V.:

You will find detailed information on conditions for access at the links below:

Professional (Festival / EFM)
On Site Registration (EFM) (only available on site)

The European Film Market issues a Buyers Badge only if you:

  • order a Market Badge and
  • select "Acquisitions (...)" as "Working Sector" on the application form and
  • have been verified as a Buyer.

Buyers will be published in the Participants Directory of the European Film Market in early January and will be updated regularly.

Attendance can be cancelled without stating reasons until February 17, 2019. This presupposes that badges have not been picked up. Paid badges will be reimbursed without any service charge by the Berlinale. Please contact .

Careful handling of your private data is important to the Berlinale! Please make sure that no unauthorised person has access to your personal account. See Privacy Policy for all relevant information on how your data is handled. For further questions regarding data protection please contact the data protection officer at .

EFM exhibitors also have to complete the accreditation process and submit an application.

Depending on the size of the rented exhibition space, EFM exhibitors are entitled to a certain number of free Market Badges + Festival Accreditations. Further information will be sent to exhibitors at the beginning of November.

EFM exhibitors can order a limited quota of Exhibitor Badges or Visitor Passes by emailing
Staff Badges can be ordered by e-mail

Invited guests of the festival and film teams are not accredited via the online accreditation platform. The festival will contact these guests individually. An additional Market Badge can be ordered via .

Once your application has been accepted, you will have access to the list of partner hotels of the Berlinale. You can make booking enquiries and reservations directly on the Berlinale or EFM website. The partner hotels set aside a limited number of rooms at special rates for accredited participants.

Please report the loss of your accreditation badge immediately to your accreditation counter. Re-printing of a new badge can take up to 24 hours and is subject to a EUR 30 charge. Day Passes and Visitor Passes cannot be replaced.

Once your application has been accepted and your accreditation is paid for, you can fully access the Online Services. You therefore have to be logged in to your "My Account". Depending on the type of your accreditation you can use the following services on the Berlinale and EFM websites.

You will have access to these Online Services as soon as your application has been approved:

FA MB PA Online Services Access as of
    X Press download area
(depending on professional field)
X X X At "My accreditation > My Who's Where details" you can edit your Who's Where details online early November
X X X Enquire about discounted hotel rooms through Berlinale Partner-Hotels early November
FA = Festival / Student Accreditation
MB = Market Badge / Buyers Badge
PA = Press Accreditation

You will have access to these Online Services once your accreditation is paid for:

FA MB PA Online Services Access as of
X X X View the festival’s Who's Where beginning of February
  X   EFM film entry mid-November
  X   EFM Participants Directory
with detailed company and contact information

Exhibitors & Participants

beginning of December
beginning of January
  X   Use of EFM Daily Planner late January / early February
FA = Festival / Student Accreditation
MB = Market Badge / Buyers Badge
PA = Press Accreditation

As soon as your application for a Festival Accreditation / EFM Registration has been approved, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with information on how to pay. After we have received your payment, you will be able to access the online services as they become available. You can make your payment through one of the following methods:

  • Online credit card payment
    Until the end of January, you can use your credit card to pay the accreditation fee online. We accept MasterCard/EuroCard, American Express and VISA. Please log in to your “My Account” and provide the billing address for your invoice before making the payment. Once we have received your online payment, we will email you an invoice. You will also be able to download the invoice in your “My Account”. Moreover, you can fully access the online services for accredited participants.
  • In person
    From the beginning of February, the online credit card payment is no longer possible. The accreditation fee can only be paid in person in Berlin at the respective accreditation counter by credit card (MasterCard/EuroCard, American Express and VISA).
  • Collective payment via bank transfer
    Until January 18, companies and institutions can make collective payments for their employees/representatives via bank transfer. Kindly note that at least five people are required for a bank transfer. Please send an e-mail with a list of all names to be paid for to . Please ensure to only list persons with a confirmed accreditation. Also bear in mind that bank transfers can take several days to process.


Attendance can be cancelled without stating reasons until February 17, 2019. This presupposes that badges have not been picked up. Paid badges will be reimbursed without any service charge by the Berlinale. Please contact .

About one week before the festival starts, you will receive an e-mail with information on the collection of your accreditation. The attached pick-up letter informs you about the location and opening hours of your accreditation counter. This document needs to be provided (digitally or printed) when picking up your badge(s).

In order to receive accreditation, you must first provide proof of your professional affiliation.

The following criteria must be met:

Press/Berlinale journalists

At Press Accreditation you will find detailed information on how you can get accredited for the Berlinale as a member of the press.

Industry professionals

Even if you are a regular participant you need to prove your current professional activity when applying. Here are some examples what kind of documents/proofs you can provide:

  • upload of your company profile
  • list of recent projects the company is working on
  • filmography / CV
  • official employment letter from the company you work for

Company representatives / members of organizations can alternatively refer to an up-to-date company website.

Students and members of German film associations are not required to provide proof of professional activity, because they are already entitled through their corresponding codes. You will receive your code from your respective German association or university / film school. More information for students can be viewed here.

Once we have processed your accreditation application, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with the ID number of your festival badge in the subject header. You will need a printout of this e-mail, in order to apply for a visa at the respective German embassy or Consulate General. By mid-December the festival will inform the respective Embassy or Consulate General of your participation in the Berlinale in order to facilitate your visa application.

More information and application forms for download

Industry professionals, students and members of the press will be given an entry in the Who’s Where, the directory of Berlinale participants. You can edit this entry in your account under "My Who’s Where details". The "Who’s Where" can only be viewed by professionals with accreditation and is published about one week before the festival begins. You can decide which of your contact details and dates of stay will be displayed in the Who is Where. However, your surname and first name, main area of activity and country are always published.


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10785 Berlin


For technical questions concerning the accreditation process please contact the Web Support:

Web Support
phone +49 30 25920-800