Perspektive Deutsches Kino

A selection of films from past editions of Perspektive Deutsches Kino

‘Perspective’ implies the future, opportunity, hope. It opens up new avenues, reveals unusual points of view, documents reality and delights us with escapism. Or all of the above.

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino section presents debut and second films produced in Germany but featuring universal, international stories. The selected narratives are multifaceted and courageous, their creators devise and realise them with curiosity, passion and originality.

Perspektive Deutsches Kino is the section dedicated to exciting newcomers in the cinema landscape of Germany. Fiction films and essays, documentary forms and shorter formats are all welcome. The cinematic ideas should stimulate discussion, emotionally engage audiences and open their eyes. Because filmmaking means helping to shape the world – and the future.

Since August 2022, Jenni Zylka has been head of the section.

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A selection of photos from previous years

A stronger integration of German cinema into the Berlinale was one of Dieter Kosslick’s chief objectives when he debuted as Festival Director in 2002. In Perspektive Deutsches Kino he created a section that was singularly devoted to this desire and offered up-and-coming talent in German film the opportunity to have their work presented at one of the world’s most important film festivals. Alfred Holighaus co-founded the Perspektive and led the section for nine years. At the 2011 edition of the Berlinale, Linda Söffker took over the section and has shaped its profile. In August 2022, she was succeeded by Jenni Zylka as the new head of the Perspektive.

Directors including Jan Speckenbach, Nicole Vögele, Dietrich Brüggemann, Anne Zohra Berrached, Nico Sommer, Sonja Heiss, Johannes Naber, Bettina Blümner, Nikias Chryssos and Annekatrin Hendel have all presented their debut films here.

Established producers such as Peter Rommel, Herbert Schwering, Christine Kiauk and Florian Koerner von Gustorf have produced films by outstanding new German talents screened in the Perspektive. Young producers who have presented their first works while still under the aegis of their film schools include Jochen Laube, Fabian Maubach, Sol Bondy, Jamila Wenske, Anna and Linus de Paoli and Martin Heisler.

Film is a collective art form: it involves creative people from all the various crafts coming together and giving their best. The Berlinale champions the sustained promotion of talent; Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale Talents are also particularly focused on providing support and bringing visibility to all the different areas of filmmaking.

Perspektive Match is a format that brings together experienced filmmakers and up-and-coming talents working in the same technical area for an artistic exchange. For some of the films in this year’s Perspektive Deutsches Kino programme, a representative from the various crafts – a different one for each film – will be selected as a Perspektive Talent. On four afternoons in the HAU Hebbel am Ufer theatre (HAU1) and in cooperation with Berlinale Talents, the Perspektive Talents will participate in a panel discussion with a colleague from the same craft who is a member of the German Film Academy. This is an opportunity to share experiences, open up new perspectives and celebrate the art of filmmaking with the audience. A film featuring their colleague’s work will be screened prior to each discussion.

Perspektive Match is a cooperation between Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the German Film Academy and Berlinale Talents.

The Perspektive Deutsches Kino section invites you to a series of panel discussions in front of an audience. During the “Talking About Film” events, high-ranking filmmakers from various disciplines will give interested parties and members of the industry insights into specific areas such as casting and music.

Cross-section awards respectively awards of the Independent Juries:


Section head
Jenni Zylka

Tel. +49 30 25920-457