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.
Starting in 2015, Berlinale Special also includes Berlinale Special Series, showing selected international series invited by the Festival Director at Haus der Berliner Festspiele.