Sections & Special Presentations

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


© Indigo Film © Palomar 2018


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

© Sasquatch Sunset © Sasquatch Sunset

Berlinale Special

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

© Amirhossein Shojaie © Amirhossein Shojaie


A platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works.

© Ulu Braun © Ulu Braun

Berlinale Shorts

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

© Avanti Media Fiction © Avanti Media Fiction


Panorama screens extraordinary cinema and is a traditional audience favourite.

© El Viaje Films © El Viaje Films

Forum & Forum Expanded

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

© British Broadcasting Corporation and Monegram Ltd © British Broadcasting Corporation and Monegram Ltd


Films that matter. For young cineastes and everyone else.

© Deutsche Kinemathek / Mikesch © Deutsche Kinemathek / Mikesch

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 to art house cinemas.