The 2021 Berlinale: A Festival in Two Stages
The 71st Berlinale Programme and Film Selection
The detailed programme for the Summer Special, which will include most of the selected films, will be released on May 20.
The open-air format unfortunately does not allow for presentations of 35mm prints. For this reason, the Retrospective of the 2021 Berlinale, which is based largely on classic film footage, has been postponed until the 2022 edition of the festival.
The Forum Expanded exhibition scheduled to open on May 18 at SAVVY Contemporary in Berlin has been cancelled for 2021. The artist group The Living and the Dead Ensemble will instead show from May 18 in the windows of SAVVY Contemporary from May 18. The works selected for the 2021 Forum Expanded will be presented next year.
Most of the selected films were available for viewing online by industry representatives and accredited members of the press during the Industry Event from March 1 to 5.
Juries and Awards
The majority of the prizes for the 71st Berlinale – including the winners of the Golden and Silver Bears – were already announced during the Industry Event in March. The Berlinale Documentary Award, the GWFF Best First Feature Award and the Crystal Bears of the Generation section will be decided by the respective juries during the Summer Special.
The awards will be presented to the winners in front of an audience during the Summer Special on June 13 at Museum Island. The Crystal Bears will be presented at the premieres of the winning films.