Berlinale: Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Perspektive Deutsches Kino showcases thematic and artistic trends among next generation German filmmakers, and the known as well as the unexpected. The section provides a perspective on the future of German cinema. It fosters directorial talents who are on their way to making a name for themselves in the established German film scene with their ideas and visual realizations.

Around 12 films from the latest year of production are selected every year. Both feature and documentary films at least 20 minutes in length are screened. The spectrum of potential films is kept as open as possible, in order to also consider works made by film academy students, so there are practically no formal limitations.

To integrate more German films into the Berlinale was one of the key aims of Dieter Kosslick when he made his debut as festival director in 2002. With Perspektive Deutsches Kino he created a dedicated section which fulfilled this wish for the first time and offered young filmmakers an opportunity to present their work. Since 2010, Linda Söffker heads the section.

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.


German films are of course shown not only in the Perspektive, but also in all the other sections of the festival. There is also the series LOLA at Berlinale, which presents films longlisted for the German Film Awards. It is linked to the European Film Market, its main aim being to improve the international marketing of German productions.