Berlinale: Berlinale Special

Berlinale Special

Under the auspices of the Berlinale Special the festival shows new and extraordinary productions and honors great cinema personalities by showing their films. Films which deserve special attention due to current events can also be shown as part of the Berlinale Special.

Furthermore the festival section presents films on the occasion of the Berlinale Camera award ceremony: films by or about outstanding persons of film whom the festival feels especially attached to. The Berlinale Special films are selected by the Festival Director Dieter Kosslick.

Since 2012 a series of talks has been arranged following the screenings of a number of Berlinale Special films. The venue for this format is the movie theatre in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. Further venues are the Zoo Palast and the Friedrichstadt-Palast, where the Berlinale Special Gala screenings are being held. Concert or theatre halls can also be used as venues for this programme, depending on what sort of film is being screened and how it is best presented.

Films in the Berlinale Special can be nominated for the Glashütte Original – Documentary Award (endowed with 50,000 Euro).

Berlinale Series

Since 2015 Berlinale Series (previously Berlinale Special Series) has been part of the Berlinale Special. By invitation of the Festival Director, Berlinale Series screens a curated selection of exceptional serial formats as world and international premieres every year. Celebrated series such as Better Call Saul, False Flag, The Night Manager and 4 Blocks have been presented in previous years. Berlinale Series offers festival audiences, members of the press and representatives of the industry alike an exclusive glimpse at the latest developments in serial storytelling from across the world – including post-screening Q&As with the actors and creators.

Since 2018 the Zoo Palast is home to the Berlinale Series.

In close cooperation with Berlinale Series, the "Drama Series Days" industry event is also taking place in the Zoo Palast. The "Drama Series Days" form the European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents’ common platform for serial storytelling. The three-day event combines market screenings, panel discussions and pitching sessions with multiple networking opportunities.

Berlinale Special

Programme Coordination
Wilhelm Faber
Potsdamer Straße 5
10785 Berlin
phone +49 30 25920-222
fax +49 30 25920-229

Berlinale Series

Programme Manager
Solmaz Azizi
phone +49 30 25920-913

Programme Coordination
Judith Klein
phone +49 30 25920-203