Sections & Special Presentations

Each year the Berlinale comprises about 400 films of every genre, length and format. The festival is divided into the following sections and a mutable number of special presentations.


© Wilson Webb © Palomar 2018


The festival's centrepiece screens the films that will be talked about.

© Bad Seed Ltd. © Bad Seed Ltd.

Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

Space for the extraordinary, the glamorous and the festival's special concerns.

© Homemade Films © Homemade Films


A platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works.

© sixpackfilm © sixpackfilm

Berlinale Shorts

The films of Berlinale Shorts are cinema's unsolicitied requests to take the floor and speak.

© The Myanmar Film Collective © The Myanmar Film Collective


Sexy, edgy, daring. Panorama screens extraordinary cinema and is a traditional audience favourite.

© Embuscade Films © Embuscade Films

Forum & Forum Expanded

Reflection on the medium of film, social and artistic discourse and aesthetic obstinacy.

© Viking Film © Viking Film


Films that matter. For young cineastes and everyone else.

© Giulia Schelhas / DFFB © Giulia Schelhas / DFFB

Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Talented directors screen their debut films and bring a fresh impetus to the cinema with their individual styles.

© 1975, renewed 2003 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved. © 1975, renewed 2003 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Discover film history and view it anew in screenings of the highest quality.

Special Presentations

Berlinale Goes Kiez

Brings festival films and their casts and crews to art house cinemas.