Sections & Special Presentations

The festival is divided into the following sections and a mutable number of special presentations.

Please note: Encounters is no longer an active section. Please refer to the press release of July 2, 2024.


© Les Films du Bal - Fanta Sy © Palomar 2018


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

© Anna Kooris © Anna Kooris

Berlinale Special

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


The new competitive strand for fiction feature debuts shines a bright spotlight on new filmmakers.

© The Outrun © The Outrun


Panorama screens extraordinary cinema and is a traditional audience favourite.

© Caviar, Pablo & Zeus © Caviar, Pablo & Zeus


Films that matter. For young cineastes and everyone else.

© Eva Pedroza, Fanny Sorgo / Courtesy: sixpackfilm © Eva Pedroza, Fanny Sorgo / Courtesy: sixpackfilm

Berlinale Shorts

The short film competition of the Berlinale is a seismograph of the present and reflects it with the means of cinematic art.

© Leonie Huber © Leonie Huber

Forum & Forum Expanded

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

© Filmgalerie 451 © Filmgalerie 451

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.