Berlinale: Press Service


Dear Journalist

The Berlinale Press Office is the point-of-contact for all media representatives, year round, and located at Potsdamer Platz.

During the festival itself, the Press Office moves into the Grand Hyatt Berlin and operates the Press Centre, where most of the festival press services can be found.

The Press Centre is located on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Berlin, directly opposite the Berlinale Palast. There you will find the press conference room, the photo call area, the press writing room, the individual departments of the Press Office, and the Press Counter, which distributes Press Accreditations. The publication distribution desk and additional workspaces with open WiFi hotspots are located on the basement level of the Berlinale Palast.

Information on press material can be found under the links for Press Kits, Press Photos and under Press Conferences for audio downloads.

  • Press Accreditation is available to those reporting on the Berlinale in any media (print, online, TV, radio, web-TV, photography) as well as PR agents representing the festival films
  • More information and all necessary contacts are available online under Accreditation
  • A press ID will not be accepted as the required proof of qualification

Services in the Press Centre:

The Press Counter is located in the Berlinale Press Centre, on the first floor of the Grand Hyatt Berlin, Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, 10785 Berlin.

Opening Hours:
Feb 14, 9:30 am - 6 pm
Feb 15-23, 9 am - 7 pm
Feb 24, 9:30 am - 4 pm

  • Press Accreditation distribution
  • Information on daily start times and events
  • Information on Press Conferences, Photo Calls, interview opportunities and other press-related items
  • Scheduling of interviews (Festival Director, jury, Homage) and interview space coordination (film press junkets)
  • Issuance of special photographer’s ID cards for galas with limited access

The offices of the Head of Press are located immediately adjacent to the Press Counter.

  • Located in the lobby outside the Press Counter
  • Press tickets become available on the day before a screening
  • For some press screenings marked as such, a Press Accreditation is the only requirement for entrance Opening Hours
Opening Hours
8 am to 7 pm
  • Film clips and electronic press kits for festival films of all sections are available for download free of charge. To request access data, please contact .
  • Pool material of footage recorded on behalf of the festival - such as rough cuts of Press Conferences, Photo Calls and selected gala events - is available for a service charge of 50 EUR and subject to certain conditions.
  • Camera spaces on the press line at gala events (Red Carpet) are granted by request only to TV channels / TV agencies. Spaces are limited and early reservation is necessary. The Berlinale is under no obligation to provide a camera space.
  • The Opening Ceremony and Awards Ceremony are recorded by the pool leader and broadcast unencrypted via the EBU (European Broadcasting Union) satellite network. TV broadcast stations may use limited amounts of the footage, free of charge and royalty-free, subject to certain conditions.
  • Filming by independent TV crews at the opening and closing events, or any other special events, requires special accreditation. The Berlinale is under no obligation to grant every request.
  • A stand-up position for live broadcasts from the Red Carpet must be booked in advance.
  • A parking position for a broadcast van must be requested from the TV/Radio Service.
Please direct all requests and any further questions to:
  • The Berlinale Press Office coordinates interviews with jury members, Homage guests and the Festival Director. Please send your enquiry to .
    For interview enquiries for the guests of the Homage please contact .
  • Interview spaces for film press junkets can be reserved in the Partner Lounges, in Lounge 4 in the Berlinale Palast and other spaces. Requests and questions on technical details or logistical issues should be sent to: .

Important note: For interviews with directors, actors and other members of film crews who are not members of a Berlinale jury, please contact the appropriate PR agent. An up-to-date list of PR agents is made available immediately prior to the festival.


  • Competition films: usually immediately following the press screening
  • Panorama Special and Berlinale Special films: individual scheduling


  • Press conference room in the Press Centre, 1st floor of the Grand Hyatt Berlin directly opposite the Berlinale Palast; seating capacity 350
  • Additional press talks on films in various sections – apart from Competition – often take place in the theatre immediately following the screening

Audio-visual footage:

  • Photo Calls usually take place immediately prior to Press Conferences in the photo call area, just outside the press conference room.
  • Photo Call attendees are actors and directors taking part in the Press Conference.
  • Photographer spaces at Photo Calls and standing space next to the Red Carpet are distributed at the Press Counter and must be requested in advance.
  • Requests for photographer spaces should be submitted in January . The Berlinale is under no obligation to guarantee spaces.
  • Please direct all requests and any further questions to: .
  • TV camera crews will not be admitted to Photo Calls.
  • Film stills for use in Berlinale coverage are available royalty-free from January 15 - March 25 and and are available online under Press Downloads.
  • In addition, festival impressions, portraits of the Festival Director and section heads as well as the festival posters can be provided upon request. More information is available online under press photos.

Open WiFi hotspots are located in the Press Centre at the Grand Hyatt Berlin, and on the basement level of the Berlinale Palast. Please refer to the festival map for details.

Open daily from 9 am to 10 pm

  • 40 computer work-stations with internet access
  • For more information please contact the Press Office at: +49 30 25920-707

Head of
Press and Publicity

Frauke Greiner
phone +49 30 25920-777


Anja Rüggenmann
phone +49 30 25920-737

Cora Frischling
phone +49 30 25920-730

Judith Günther
phone +49 30 25920-765


Franziska Merlo
phone +49 30 25920-707
fax +49 30 25920-799

Contact Press Accreditation

Maximilian Fleischer
phone +49 30 25920-747

Michaela Herzhauser
phone +49 30 25920-780

Wolfgang Samlowski
phone +49 30 25920-789

Ana Catalá Roig
phone +49 30 25920-702

fax +49 30 25920-779

Philipp Gilly
phone +49 30 25920-746

Franziska Merlo
phone +49 30 25920 707

Non-reporting editors of TV feature film departments and TV buyers please contact the general accreditation department:

Press Contacts of the Sections

Anika Väth
Tel. + 49 (0)170 671 72 91

Julia Fidel
Tel. +49 30 25920-405

James Lattimer
Tel. +49 30 26955-231

Nina Eckhardt
Tel. +49 30 26955-110

Timo Weißberg
Tel. +49 30 25920-787

Sarah Hoffmann
Tel. +49 30 25920-462

Silke Lehmann

Margit Dörner
Tel. +49 30 25920-565

Anna Jurzik
Tel. +49 30 25920-261

Rebecca Schäfer
Tel. +49 30 25920-249

Marie Ketzscher
Tel. +49 30 25920-518

During the festival some press representatives for the different sections can be found in a joint office in the Press Centre.