For all applications the General Guidelines for Film Submission and Participation apply.
1 – Eligibility
For the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, films must be a German fiction, documentary or experimental film with a minimum running time of 20 minutes.
Screening formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422 and 35mm (depending upon cinema). Other formats only upon request.
World premieres are preferred. However, previous film festival participation does not automatically exclude a film.
The Festival Director reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.
The processing fee for submissions is € 150 for feature films and € 60 for films with a running time of up to 45 minutes.
Special conditions apply to film school submissions (contact or Brigitte Abel at for details).
2 – Selection and programming
Selection is made according to the criteria stated in Article 1; alongside fiction films, an appropriate number of documentary and experimental films are specifically admitted for selection.
The Perspektive Deutsches Kino section is an event compiled by representatives from the Official Programme and the Forum section.
The programming of films invited to participate in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino is at the sole discretion of the section head on behalf of the Festival Director.
Selected films are screened up to four times during the Berlin International Film Festival.
3 – Screening language
All selected films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. Subtitling costs are to be paid for by the producers.