The Berlinale is a film festival with a diverse, independent and risk-taking programme. At the same time, the festival wants to create a space where a collective cinema experience and respectful exchanges can take place.
Addressing societal conflicts has been a key part of the festival’s mission since its inception. The films in the programme enable us to experience the fact that our reality is formed, shaped and produced, how this is undertaken - and therefore also that and how it can be changed. The examination of contentious issues on an artistic level in the films can and is intended to inspire our audiences and explore boundaries. For this reason, some films may contain elements, motifs or depictions that can trigger strong reactions in some people.
Individual experiences and dispositions mean that audience members experience films in different ways. In order to best fulfil its curatorial responsibility, the Berlinale makes the thematic areas addressed in the works clear in the long synopses. In addition, on this page you can find supplementary information about the aspects of individual films in this year’s programme that have been considered as particularly sensitive by the curators in the run-up to the festival. These notes on sensitive content – also known as Content Notes (CN) – identify those films that may have a disturbing or distressing effect on people or groups in the audience. Screenings of films with strobe effects are marked with epilepsy warnings directly in the film search.
Some Content Notes may reveal spoilers about the plot or experience of the film. Hence, it is up to each person to decide for themselves whether or not to read the Content Notes. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide a guarantee for the comprehensive marking of all sensitive content.
Content Notes in the programme of the 74th Berlinale:
Content Notes in the 2024 Generation programme:
Notes for films from the Generation programme, which are aimed at young audiences as well as adults, follow a more sensitive standard than those for films aimed exclusively at adult audiences.
During and after the Berlinale, an Awareness Team of trained anti-discrimination advisors from the Association for Anti-Discrimination and Educational Work (BDB e.V.) and the Berlin State Association for Self-Help (LV Selbsthilfe Berlin e.V.) is available to all festival participants.
The Awareness Team can be contacted by emailing or by phoning +49 30 259 202 95 daily from February 15 to 25 (from 1.00 pm to 8.00 pm) and from February 26 to March 3 (from 2.00 pm to 4.00 pm).