Berlinale: Panorama


Sexy, edgy, daring. Panorama screens extraordinary cinema, is a traditional audience favourite and - with its own audience award - has the festival’s biggest jury.

Panorama is explicitly queer, explicitly feminist, explicitly political – and at the same time seeks to think beyond these categories - always looking for what is new, daring, unconventional and wild in today’s cinema. Here you can encounter young, exciting talents from around the world and discover the latest works by renowned filmmakers.

In terms of aesthetics and form, Panorama has its finger on the pulse of contemporary international cinema. Here a wide and curious audience can discover films that offer friction and provide material for discussion. The selection of films is simultaneously an invitation and a demand to see cinema in a different light.

In Panorama, the audience, filmmakers, the industry and the press are all equal partners. Here, the cinema becomes a public meeting place for everyone who loves film.

As the only section with an audience award, Panorama has the biggest jury at the Berlinale and regards its audience as a close ally.

With the TEDDY AWARD, Panorama is responsible for the Berlinale’s queer film prize across all sections. This most important and longest-standing award of its kind in the world celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2016.

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

Panorama has its origins in the Info-Schau, the programme which supplemented the Berlinale Competition in the 1970s. In 1980, Manfred Salzgeber – one of the most significant innovators of Berlin independent cinema culture in the 1970s and co-initiator of the International Forum of New Cinema – was charged with formatting the section’s content. In 1982, Salzgeber invited Wieland Speck to join him and developed a programme that captured social conflicts and new aesthetics and never baulked at being disconcerting. In 1986, the section was named Panorama.

In 1992, Wieland Speck took over the leadership of Panorama and, during the next 25 years, consistently carried forward the work of his predecessor. He successfully brought ambitious independent cinema closer to the international market and helped ensure that the 1987-inaugurated TEDDY AWARD – the world’s first and still foremost film prize for queer cinema – gained international recognition.

Since July 2017, Paz Lázaro has led the section. The co-curator of the Panorama programme is Michael Stütz. They were supported by Andreas Struck in 2018.

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

1 - Eligibility

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 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. 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.