Berlinale: Students

Information on Student Accreditation

Applications for Accreditation / EFM Registration for the Berlinale 2019 will be accepted from early November 2018.

Please note that all information currently given on these pages refers to the Berlinale 2018 and is given subject to alteration in order to offer a general insight into accreditation procedures.

The Berlinale offers a limited allocation of Student Accreditations to all universities across the world with film-related degree courses.

Applications for an allocation of accreditations can only be made by the university's administration or by lecturers/teachers for their students. To make an application, please send a description of the course content or area of study and state the desired number of accreditations to .

After checking the request a certain number of "student codes" will be sent out to the school/university. Please note that this number might differ from the originally requested one. Those "student codes" are then to be passed on to the students. Students are required to use those codes when completing the online application form. 'Student codes' must be used by December 31, 2017 via “My Account”.

Please note that students

  • may only be accredited for the Berlinale through their school once
  • may not apply for a Market Badge
  • must show their student ID when picking up their accreditation

We cannot accept individual requests from students. Students that wish to apply for accreditation should contact an official representative of their university who can then get in touch with us.

'Student codes' are exclusively intended to be used by students and not by university administration staff nor the professors / teaching staff. These other university affiliates may apply online for professional accreditation without having to apply for a code first and may request a Festival Accreditation and/or a Market Badge.

  • Access to festival screenings (every section, though not at all times and at every venue)*
  • Access to EFM Locations
  • Access to public events of Berlinale Talents
  • Access to LOLA at Berlinale
  • Publication in the "Who’s Where"

* This excludes Competition screenings in the Berlinale Palast. When you pick up your accreditation badge, you will receive an information sheet about the conditions of access that comes with your accreditation.

A Student Accreditation allows access to the festival screenings of each section, though not at all times or at every venue. Prior to the festival, you will have already the opportunity to familiarize yourself with the exact access rights of your accreditation. An information sheet will be sent to you together with the pick-up letter about one week before the festival starts. It informs you about which cinemas you can access by simply showing your accreditation pass, and for which cinemas you would need to secure a ticket in advance.

Please note that admittance to a cinema for which you would only need to show your accreditation pass cannot be guaranteed. Access for accredited visitors is subject to availability of seats. For particularly popular screenings you are advised to arrive early in order to secure a good place in the queue because it is likely that the number of accredited people seeking admittance will exceed the number of seats reserved for this group.


Most public screenings require tickets, which are free of additional charge. These tickets are available at ticket counters reserved for accredited participants and must be picked up in person by showing your badge. They are issued on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to availability. Please be aware that there might be long queues at the ticket counter, especially during the first weekend of the festival.

Tickets for accredited participants are only available for the on-going and the following day. No advance reservations are possible. There is a maximum of one ticket per person per screening and time slot. Note that there is no guarantee of obtaining tickets for certain screenings or of obtaining a particular number of tickets.

Tickets are only valid in combination with your Festival Accreditation. Tickets that cannot be used must be returned to the respective ticket counter before the screening starts.