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 to art house cinemas.