Berlin: an exciting, cosmopolitan cultural hub that never ceases to attract artists from around the world. A diverse cultural scene, a critical public and an audience of film-lovers characterise the city. In the middle of it all, the Berlinale: a great cultural event and one of the most important dates for the international film industry. Around 300,000 sold tickets, more than 19,000 professional visitors from 115 countries, including 4,000 journalists: art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale.
Golden Bear (Goldener Bär):
Silver Bear (Silberner Bär).
Other awards at the Berlin International Film Festival:
The festival does not present television formats, industry films or commercials. German films need to be world premieres, except those submitted to Perspektive Deutsches Kino.
Shipping of prints, tapes and DVDs
Liability of the festival
In case of damage or loss of a print, either during the selection process or during the festival itself, the festival is liable only for the cost of striking a new print at the rate charged by film laboratories for ordering a standard print.
Return of film prints and tapes/DVDs
Films will only be considered for selection after the entry fee is received. The fee for submitting a long film is € 150 (7% VAT included) regardless of the number of sections for which the film is entered. The fee for short films is € 60.
Means of payment
Programming is at the sole discretion of the Directors of each festival section and their decision is final and irrevocable. Each film may be screened up to five times during the festival.
Submit online film entry.
Subtitles language: english and/or german
World premiere required.
Jury and Organizers
Director, Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
Programme Manager Competition & Berlinale Special
Programme Coordination Competition & Series
Assistant to Festival Director
Assistant to Festival Director
Berlin International Film Festival
Potsdamer Straße 5
Phone: +49 30 25920-0
Fax: +49 30 25920-299
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Only German productions may apply for the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino.
New trends in world cinema, fresh narrative forms and new voices receive special attention in the Forum. Eligible films for Forum are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time. Accepted formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request).
The Panorama has always been the home of both auteur cinema and innovative approaches to different cinematic genres. The programme Dokumente trains a spotlight on documentaries, the Panorama Special programme presents large-scale independent films from the international world of filmmaking as well as films from major US studios. Eligible films for Panorama are feature films and documentaries of at least 70 minutes running time. Accepted formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request).
Eligible are feature films of at least 70 minutes running time which are intended for theatrical release. World premieres are given priority. German films have to be world premieres. Date of completion: Within the 12 months prior to the Festival. Accepted formats: DCP, 35mm, 70mm, 3D (depending on the theatre)
Eligible for the Berlinale Shorts competition are fiction, documentary, experimental and animation films up to a maximum length of 30 minutes (including credits). World premieres are given priority. German films have to be world premieres. Accepted formats: DCP, QuickTime ProRes 422, HDCAM or 35mm (depending on the theatre), (other formats only upon request). Date of completion: Within the 12 months prior to the Festival.
Generation makes the diversity of contemporary film culture accessible to young people and involves them in the Festival’s discourse on cinema, in an age-appropriate way. The section head invites films to take part in two competitions for different age groups: Generation Kplus (aimed towards children) and Generation 14plus (aimed at young people aged 14 and up). Eligible for Generation are: feature-length films (at least 60 minutes running time) and short films (maximum length of 20 minutes). Accepted formats: DCP, HDCAM, QuickTime ProRes 422 or 35mm (depending on the theatre)