Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, two competition programmes screening state-of-the-art international cinema. For young audiences and for everyone else. Epic narratives and fleeting moments, flights of fantasy and bitter realities. Coming-of-age stories: awesome, wild and angry, heartfelt and headstrong.
With a comprehensive programme of contemporary films exploring the lives and worlds of children and teenagers, Berlinale Generation enjoys a unique position as the instigator of a convention-breaking young people’s cinema. The section is a home for outspoken young audiences while also casting its spell on open-minded adults. Generation continuously monitors the space between being challenged and being overwhelmed and nurtures an open and controversial dialogue with the audience, artists, industry guests and film critics.
The selection focuses on films that take young people seriously in their narratives and their cinematic languages. Films that are told through the eyes of their young protagonists and make their worlds tangible. Films that open doors for audiences to unfamiliar worlds. Films that demand bravery and encourage connectivity. Films that hold up a mirror to the adult world. Feature films, documentaries and animations, genre films and works that expand the formal language of cinema compete on an equal footing in the two competitions.