Inclusion at the 2021 Berlinale

Even if we all have to keep our distance due to the current situation, we want the Berlinale Summer Special to be a place where people can get together and share ideas and experiences, welcoming and providing access for everyone living with or without disabilities.

Schedule of all Screenings with German subtitles during the Summer Special:
list of all screenings shown with German subtitles (106 KB)

Tickets for Persons with Disabilities

People with a degree of disability of 50% and above can order one ticket per screening for themselves and, if applicable, one for an accompanying person for the Freiluftkino Museumsinsel and the Open Air Kino HKW. Tickets are subject to availability and can be booked by phone on 030 259 20 259 (Mon-Fri, 10 am to 6 pm) or by e-mail via . A limited number of tickets can also be booked this way for the screenings listed below which will feature German audio description and closed captions accessible via the GRETA app (including a pre-screening introduction to the film with a German sign language interpreter).

Payment for these tickets is via a payment link that is sent with the confirmation of the reservation. Payments can be made by credit card, instant bank transfer or PayPal.

If necessary, the booking can also be paid for by credit card over the phone. Tickets are sent by e-mail as a print-at-home ticket or as an electronic ticket for a mobile device.

For all other venues and for screenings not listed below, please contact the respective open-air cinema directly. An overview of all the venues and links to their websites, as well as information on wheelchair access, can be found on the festival map.

To participate in the Summer Special events, all visitors must fully comply with the Berlinale’s protection and hygiene policy, which applies to all venues.

Screenings with German Audio Description and German Closed Captioning via app GRETA

The audio description and the extended subtitles for the screenings are offered via the GRETA app. After installing the app and downloading the audio descriptions or the extended subtitles to a smartphone (Android or iOS), the inclusive versions can be used in any open-air cinema. You need to bring your own smartphone with the installed app and headphones.

In addition, each venue will have a contact person present during these screenings to help with questions and to support people with visual and/or hearing impairments.

The introductions to the selected film screenings will be accompanied by German sign language interpreters.

Fabian oder Der Gang vor die Hunde (Fabian – Going to the Dogs)
by Dominik Graf
Thursday, June 10, 9:30 pm, Freiluftkino Museumsinsel
Thursday, June 17, 9:30 pm, ARTE Sommerkino Schloss Charlottenburg

Nebenan (Next Door)
by Daniel Brühl
Friday, June 11, 9:45 pm, Freiluftkino Friedrichshain
Wednesday, June 16, 7:00 pm, Freiluftkino Museumsinsel

Ich bin dein Mensch (I’m Your Man)
by Maria Schrader
Saturday, June 12, 9:45 pm, Freiluftkino Friedrichshain
Monday, June 14, 6:45 pm, Freiluftkino Museumsinsel

Je suis Karl
by Christian Schwochow
Saturday, June 19, 9:30 pm, Freiluftkino Friedrichshain

Programme of the Deutsche Kinemathek

Saturday, June 12 at 7.00 pm (duration: 30-45 mins)
Inclusive Online Guided Tour with German Sign Language: “Film Awards – Between Art and Politics”

What relevance do we ascribe to film awards? To what extent does a prize signify a film’s quality? Do prize-awarding decisions also reflect a certain social and political climate? During the Berlinale Summer Special, film historian and museum educator Jörg Becker will be giving a tour of the permanent exhibition at the Deutsche Kinemathek and discussing various film prizes and award-winning films. The tour will look at film prizes and award-winning films from various perspectives – from the first presentation of the Oscars to the gender-neutral acting awards at this year’s Berlinale.

An inclusive online tour with German Sign Language accompanied by an interpreter for spoken and sign language.

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“Films for Everyone” – Accessibility and Inclusion around Film

“Films for Everyone” is a series of inclusive panel discussions which take place during the Berlinale and give experts the opportunity to discuss various aspects of inclusion connected to audio-visual media and the current situation regarding accessibility in the film scene. The series is jointly organised by the Deutsche Kinemathek and the Federal Government Commissioner for Matters relating to Persons with Disabilities, with the kind support of the Berlin International Film Festival.

Unfortunately, due to the current situation and its associated challenges, the “Films for Everyone” series cannot take place this year and has been postponed to 2022.

The panel discussion planned for 2021 was going to look at access for deaf and hard-of-hearing viewers and address the following questions: What kind of subtitles do deaf and hard-of-hearing persons need? What should producers, directors and filmmakers consider when making films accessible? What role should sign language play (in the media of the future)?

We are looking forward to continuing the “Films for Everyone” series – which had a very successful inauguration at the 2020 Berlinale – by exploring this topic in 2022!