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.

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival will unfortunately not be able to take place from February 11-21, 2021. As an alternative, the festival is planned in two stages

The Competition, Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama, Forum & Forum Expanded, Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections will have a reduced selection of films at the 71st Berlinale due to the pandemic.

The chosen films will be announced in February 2021. The great majority of them will be available online for industry professionals during the European Film Market (March 1 to 5, 2021).

Everyone else will have the opportunity to watch a selection of the films in June – in Berlin cinemas and open-air venues. Detailed information about dates and venues will be released in due course.

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

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Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series

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

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A platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works.

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Berlinale Shorts

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

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

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Forum & Forum Expanded

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

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Films that matter. For young cineastes and everyone else.

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Perspektive Deutsches Kino

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

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Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

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