Berlinale Press Service

The restrictions set out by the recently updated Infection Protection Act make the planning of the Berlinale Summer Special (June 9 to 20) even more challenging.

The Berlinale now wants to explore the possibility of an all-outdoor event. A final decision regarding the Summer Special and access for the press will be made beginning of May. Everyone's health and curbing the development of the pandemic is, of course, the top priority when making any considerations.


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Dear Journalist,

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021. The 71st Berlinale will kick off with the Industry Event from March 1 to 5, 2021, with the film industry platform European Film Market (EFM), Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund in online form. Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund will both be opening their digital programme to the general public as well as industry guests. From June 9 to 20, 2021 the Berlinale will invite the audience to the Summer Special with numerous film presentations in Berlin – both at indoor and outdoor cinemas.

The film selection for Competition and the sections Berlinale Special & Berlinale Series, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama, Forum & Forum Expanded, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Retrospective will be announced in February. With the exception of the Retrospective, the films will be shown at the March event. In order to best support the selected films, we are giving the films' production companies the opportunity to make the films accessible to accredited members of the press in online Press & Industry Screenings via the Berlinale Media Service (BMS). For more information on the Berlinale Media Service, please see press schedule. Applications for a press accreditation can be made until February 8, 2021. Accreditations are limited, and we ask for your understanding that only journalists planning to cover current festival films may be accredited. As usual, film stills and EPK materials will be available for film coverage.

There will be no events or press conferences, photo calls or red carpets to attend in March. Since this means there will also be no appointments for photography and video recordings, accreditations for photographers and technicians are no longer applicable.

Press access to events and screening opportunities will be made available for the Berlinale Summer Special from June 9 to 20 in Berlin. There will be no online accreditation process (there is no fee), and the conditions for press participation will be announced shortly prior to the event. We ask for your understanding that we cannot take pre-registrations at the moment.

The Berlinale Press Office is happy to answer any questions and pass on further information.