Berlinale: Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Perspectives on German Cinema): the name says it all. The section opens up various perspectives on the German film landscape. The journey into the future of filmmaking begins here, for directors and producers as well as for all the other film disciplines.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino films are sophisticated, idiosyncratic and fearless. Here, there is room to experiment, to play and also to provoke. The section presents directors screening their debut films on topics from throughout the world but for the greatest part produced in Germany. We bestow early praise because we believe in the selected talents and expect a great deal from them. Perspektive Deutsches Kino supports personalities who are self-confidently searching for their own artistic expression and, in doing so, may take byways off the main highways. Unexpected, original ideas and a delight in trying things out - these are the criteria defining our film selection.

Linda Söffker has led the Perspektive Deutsches Kino since 2011

A stronger integration of German cinema into the Berlinale was one of Dieter Kosslick’s chief objectives when he debuted as Festival Director in 2002. In Perspektive Deutsches Kino he created a section that was singularly devoted to this desire and offered up-and-coming talent in German film the opportunity to have their work presented at one of the world’s most important film festivals. Alfred Holighaus co-founded the Perspektive and led the section for nine years. At the 2011 edition of the Berlinale, Linda Söffker took over the section and has shaped its profile ever since.

Directors including Jan Speckenbach, Nicole Vögele, Dietrich Brüggemann, Anne Zohra Berrached, Nico Sommer, Sonja Heiss, Johannes Naber, Bettina Blümner, Nikias Chryssos and Annekatrin Hendel have all presented their debut films here.

Established producers such as Peter Rommel, Herbert Schwering, Christine Kiauk and Florian Koerner von Gustorf have produced films by outstanding new German talents screened in the Perspektive. Young producers who have presented their first works while still under the aegis of their film schools include Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach, Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske, Anna and Linus de Paoli and Martin Heisler.

The section invites filmmakers to talk about questions arising from the current edition of the Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme which create room for associations and discussions. In recent years, these discussions have included questions on how brave new talent is and whether there is a pre-emptive self-censorship; film collectives and the utopian ideal of collective filmmaking; and whether funding for graduation films is a blessing or a curse. The talks take place in the Audi Berlinale Lounge and are held in German.

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 30 minutes.

Screening formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request.

World premieres are given priority. A theatrical release as well as a participation in a German film festival prior to the Berlinale is not permitted. However, previous film festival participations outside of Germany do not exclude a film.

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

The processing fee for submissions is € 175 for feature films and € 75 for films with a running time of up to 60 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 selection and programming of films invited to participate in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino is at the discretion of the section head on behalf of the Artistic Director of the festival.

Selected films are screened up to five times during the Berlin International Film Festival.

3 – Screening language

All selected films are screened in their original language with English subtitles. For films not in German, double (German/English) subtitles are requested. Subtitling costs are to be paid for by the producers.

Cross-section awards respectively awards of the Independent Juries:

Lola at Berlinale

German films are of course shown not only in the Perspektive, but also in all the other sections of the festival. There is also Lola at Berlinale, a programme of films long-listed for the German Film Awards (aka Lola) by the German Film Academy. It is linked to the European Film Market, its main aim being to improve the international marketing of German productions.