Code of Conduct
The Berlinale believes in the importance of a cohesive global film and media community that advocates a diverse, inclusive, equal and fair industry based on the values of artistic excellence, vibrant filmmaking, mutual respect, freedom of speech and progressiveness.
The Berlinale aims to create a safe, sustainable and inclusive environment of mutually acknowledging debate, dialogue and exchange in which everyone is treated with respect and equality.
Consequently, the festival does not tolerate any form of favouritism, hurtful language, discrimination, abuse, marginalisation and insulting behaviour on the grounds of gender, ethnicity, religion, background, skin colour, religious belief, sexuality, gender identity, socio-economic class, caste, disability or age. The Berlinale does not accept sexism, racism, colourism, homophobia, biphobia, interphobia and transphobia or hostility, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, fascism, age discrimination, ableism as well as other and/or intersectional forms of discrimination.
In addition, the Berlinale does not tolerate any acts of violence, abuse or harassment of any verbal, physical, sexual or other kind towards its employees, visitors, guests and partners.
The Berlinale reserves the right to deny (digital and physical) access to the festival, its facilities, events and venues without prior notice to anyone who violates these rules.
If you have been the victim of one or more acts that violate these rules, or have witnessed such a violation, please contact us at: .
This is a dedicated point of contact for listening to you and taking up your concerns, understanding and taking action. We would be very grateful if you would contact us in the event of an incident. Please note, however, that the Berlinale is not in a position to provide psychological counselling. The festival would like to direct anyone affected to additional advisory services and recommends the following contact persons and advice centres to all festival visitors (both general audiences and industry guests) who experience or observe discrimination, harassment or abuse. These services are free, anonymous and confidential: