Berlinale: Panorama


Artistic vision, the courage to be different, a desire for the unfamiliar, a profound historical awareness or pioneering personalities: the objective of the Panorama is to seek out from across the world new impulses in the prevailing trends and in cinematic creation and to present these in the spectrum of the programme.

New works by renowned directors, debut films and discoveries celebrate their world or European premieres in the Panorama and invite to engage with them on a critical level as well as enjoying the cinematic experience. The Panorama challenges its audience and has the confidence to explore new avenues. Press Conferences and public discussions enable the press and audiences to enter into a dialogue about the films with their directors, producers and actors. At the same time, the film selection does not shy away from the current market, aiming both to sound it out and to bring it new impulses.

The Panorama presents its films in three series with different profiles:

For all applications the General Guidelines for Film Submission and Participation apply.

1 - Elgibility

Eligible films for Panorama are feature films and documentaries of at least 70 minutes running time which

  • have not been released in Europe other than in their country of origin.
  • have not been screened at any other German or European film festival. A presentation at national showcases in the country of origin will be accepted.
  • have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet / VOD other than in their country of origin.
  • are available in the formats DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm (depending on the theatre). Other formats only upon request.
  • Television productions are only eligible if they are intended for a theatrical release.

In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin.

  • World premieres are preferred.
  • German films must be world premieres (with the exception of submissions to Perspektive Deutsches Kino).

The Festival Director reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.

2 – Selection and programming

The curators of the Panorama are responsible to the Festival Director for the selection of films. Films offered to the Competition may be considered for the Panorama unless specifically stated otherwise.

3 – Version and subtitles

All films invited to the Festival are screened in their original version with English subtitles. German language films should have English subtitles. The costs of subtitling are at the responsibility of the producer.

The version released or planned for release in the country of origin is regarded as the original version.

In Panorama, the following awards are presented by independent juries:

  • GWFF Best First Feature Award (endowed with 50,000 Euros)
  • Glashütte Original Documentary Award (endowed with 50.000 Euro)
  • Panorama Audience Award, in which more than 20,000 Berlinale visitors take part every year
  • Teddy Award, the most important queer film award in the world, which began in Panorama and can now go to films in all sections of the Berlinale
  • Heiner Carow Prize, sponsored by the DEFA Foundation
  • Prize of the Churches of the Ecumenical Jury
  • Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury
  • CICAE Art Cinema Award
  • Amnesty International Film Prize
  • Peace Film Prize
  • Label Europa Cinemas

Please find more information about awards at the Berlinale under Awards and Juries.

Manfred Salzgeber, Rose-Marie Couture, Wieland Speck
Manfred Salzgeber and Wieland Speck

The Panorama grew out of the “Info-Schau”, a programme that complimented the Berlinale Competition in the 1970s. In 1980, Manfred Salzgeber – one of the most important innovators in the Berlin art house cinema scene in the 1970s and co-initiator of the International Forum for New Cinema – was given the job of shaping the content. In 1982 Salzgeber added Wieland Speck to his team and developed a programme that addressed societal struggles and new aesthetic approaches and that never shied away from uncomfortable films. In 1986 the section was renamed Panorama.

Wieland Speck became section head in 1992. During the next 25 years he consistently developed the work undertaken by his predecessor, successfully connecting the ambitious independent film with the international market. He brought the Teddy Award, which he founded with Manfred Salzgeber in 1987, to international recognition as the world’s first - and still most important - film prize for queer cinema.

Since July 2017 the Panorama section has been headed by Paz Lázaro who curates the Panorama programme together with Michael Stütz and Andreas Struck.

The winner of the first Teddy Award: Pedro Almodovar

Queer Film is political, interrogative and lusty cinema which dismantles the barriers of fixed LGBTQI* identities, integrates social criticism into its narratives and explores new ways of self-identification. The Panorama programme and the Teddy Award seek to encourage queer filmmakers to carry the torch of the achievements of queer history and set new agendas. Today many successful and relevant filmmakers are counted among the Teddy Award-winners: Pedro Almodóvar, Gus van Sant, Isaac Julien, Stanley Kwan, Ira Sachs, Rose Troche, Lukas Moodysson, Céline Sciamma, Małgorzata Szumowska, François Ozon, Jay Duplass, Monika Treut, Sébastien Lifshitz, Bruce LaBruce, Naoko Ogigami, Cheryl Dunye, Derek Jarman and many more. The Teddy Award, which began its life in the Panorama, can honour films from all the Berlinale sections. Access to over 1,000 archived films presented at the Berlinale in a queer context since the initiation of the Teddy Awards is provided by the Queer Academy ( and the Teddy Award website (

Since the very beginning, the Panorama has had a special focus on short film and has demonstrated its commitment by presenting around 25 short works in its annual programmes with the aim of creating exciting aesthetic debates and discovering new talents at an early stage. Since the 2007 Berlinale, the Panorama's passionate engagement with short film has found a new home in the Berlinale Shorts section which was created in collaboration with the Berlinale Competition.