Perspektive Deutsches Kino
Perspektive Deutsches Kino (Perspectives on German Cinema): the name says it all. The section opens up various perspectives on the German film landscape. The journey into the future of filmmaking begins here, for directors and producers as well as for all the other film disciplines.
Perspektive Deutsches Kino films are sophisticated, idiosyncratic and fearless. Here, there is room to experiment, to play and also to provoke. The section presents directors screening their debut films on topics from throughout the world but for the greatest part produced in Germany. We bestow early praise because we believe in the selected talents and expect a great deal from them. Perspektive Deutsches Kino supports personalities who are self-confidently searching for their own artistic expression and, in doing so, may take byways off the main highways. Unexpected, original ideas and a delight in trying things out - these are the criteria defining our film selection.
Linda Söffker has led the Perspektive Deutsches Kino since 2011.
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 ever since.
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.
- Compass-Perspektive-Award (endowed with € 5,000)
- Kompagnon-Fellowship (stipend of € 5,000 / € 2,500 for short films)
- Heiner Carow Prize, sponsored by the DEFA Foundation
Cross-section awards respectively awards of the Independent Juries:
German films are of course shown not only in the Perspektive, but also in all the other sections of the festival. There is also Lola at Berlinale, a programme of films long-listed for the German Film Awards (aka Lola) by the German Film Academy. It is linked to the European Film Market, its main aim being to improve the international marketing of German productions.