Press Releases 2021

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival will unfortunately not be able to take place from February 11 to 21, 2021. As an alternative, the festival is planned in two stages (see press release).

Berlinale Talents

Jan 15, 2021: Dream On! – Topic, Structure and Participants of Berlinale Talents 2021

Even in the middle of a pandemic, Berlinale Talents creates a space for encounters, networks and exchanges. Placed under the sign of “Dreams”, this 19th edition will take place between March 1 to 5, 2021 [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 15, 2021: Digitising the Business: The European Film Market Presents its Online Event Structure

From March 1 to 5, 2021, the EFM will take place in the form of numerous online offers and events [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Jan 15, 2021: Berlinale Co-Production Market Brings Together 35 Feature Film Projects Online with International Partners

The well-proven concept of the Berlinale Co-Production Market - carefully planned meetings for a highly selective portfolio of projects - this time will be implemented in an online version [...]
World Cinema Fund

Jan 15, 2021: World Cinema Fund: WCF Days with “Director’s Talk”, “Decolonising Cinema” and “Can We Write Cinema? Script and Visual Language”

Since 2004, the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) has successfully supported film production in regions with poor film infrastructure with its increasingly differentiated funding programme (WCF, WCF Europe, WCF Africa, WCF ACP) and embarked on cultural diversity in German cinemas [...]
Competition | European Film Market & Co-Production Market | Berlinale Talents | World Cinema Fund | Additional Information

Dec 18, 2020: Berlinale 2021 Will Be a Festival in Two Stages: Industry Online Offer in March / Public Event in June

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public [...]
World Cinema Fund

Dec 11, 2020: Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Twelve New Funding Recommendations

In the 33rd jury session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries made twelve funding recommendations [...]
Forum & Forum Expanded

Nov 30, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: 50 Years of the Forum in New York

Together with film curators of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Berlinale Forum has put together six programmes entitled “Comes the Revolution: The Berlinale Forum at 50”, which can be seen online from December 14 to 20 [...]
World Cinema Fund

Nov 13, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: World Cinema Fund in Its Third Year with ‟Around the World in 14 Films”

Since 2018, the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF) has been a guest at the Berlin film festival “Around the World in 14 Films” (December 3 to 12, 2020) with an annual Berlinale Spotlight [...]
Retrospective, Berlinale Classics & Homage

Oct 15, 2020: Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”

The 2021 Retrospective of the Berlin International Film Festival will showcase the comedic oeuvre of American actresses Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard. The spotlight will be on some 30 films that bear the unmistakeable signature of each of the actresses in a classic Hollywood comedy [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Oct 09, 2020: EFM Looking Forward to Italy as “Country in Focus” in 2022

Originally planned for the upcoming Berlinale, Italy will now be the “Country in Focus” in 2022 at the European Film Market (EFM) of the 72nd Berlin International Film Festival [...]
Additional Information

Sep 30, 2020: Historical Study on Berlinale Founding Director Alfred Bauer

The study confirms that Bauer's role in the Reichsfilmintendanz was more significant than previously known and was systematically covered up by him after 1945 [...]
Additional Information

Sep 21, 2020: The Berlinale Calls for the Release of Hajooj Kuka

The Berlin International Film Festival joins the international protest against the arrest of Sudanese filmmaker Hajooj Kuka and four other artists [...]
Generation | Additional Information

Sep 14, 2020: Berlinale Spotlight: Generation in Japan 2020

With its specially curated programmes, the Berlinale has been present around the world for many years. Moreover, the Berlinale Spotlight extends the festival period and makes the activities of the Berlinale visible throughout the year [...]
Additional Information

Sep 11, 2020: Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Nasrin Sotoudeh

The Berlin International Film Festival and the European Film Academy Call for the Immediate and Unconditional Release of Writer, Human Rights Lawyer, and Activist Nasrin Sotoudeh [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Sep 07, 2020: Dennis Ruh to Head the EFM / First Look at the 2021 EFM

On November 1, 2020, Dennis Ruh will take over as director of the European Film Market (EFM) of the Berlinale [...]
European Film Market & Co-Production Market

Aug 25, 2020: Berlinale Co-Production Market: Call for Feature Film and Series Project Submissions

Until September 30, 2020, experienced producers from all over the world can submit new feature-length film projects in need of co-producers and financiers to the 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 13 - 17, 2021) [...]
Competition | Generation | European Film Market & Co-Production Market | Awards | Additional Information

Aug 24, 2020: Berlinale 2021: Festival Planned as Physical Event / New: Gender-Neutral Performance Awards

The Berlin International Film Festival has made its first decisions for the 2021 festival. The Berlinale 2021 is being planned as a physical festival. A hybrid model is intended for the European Film Market (EFM) [...]
Additional Information

Jul 23, 2020: Outdoor Summer Berlinale

Finally, it’s time to go to the cinema again - from August 10 to 12, 2020, audience favourites from this year’s Berlinale will be presented at Berlin’s outdoor cinema Freiluftkino Friedrichshain [...]
World Cinema Fund

Jul 21, 2020: Berlinale World Cinema Fund: 14 New Funding Recommendations, Start of WCF ACP and First WCF Europe - TFL Audience Design Award

In the 32nd jury meeting of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries made a total of 14 funding recommendations [...]