Berlin International Film Festival

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The Berlinale Palast during the Berlinale 2017

The Berlin International Film Festival , shortly Berlinale , are a year in Berlin taking place forming Film Festival . Along with those in Cannes and Venice, they are among the most important film festivals and are considered to be one of the most important events in the film industry worldwide .

The 70th Berlinale took place from February 20 to March 1, 2020. The 71st edition is scheduled for February 11-21, 2021.


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Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek

The successful films in the competition will be awarded the Golden and Silver Bears by an international jury . More than 400 films are presented in different sections. With more than 325,000 tickets sold and around 490,000 moviegoers in total (including accredited trade visitors ), the Berlinale is the largest public festival in the world. Around 16,000 trade visitors from 130 countries take part in the festival. Around 3,700 journalists from more than 80 countries report on the time of the festival. The European Film Market (EFM) will take place at the same time as the Berlinale. The EFM is one of the most important international meetings for the film industry and has established itself as an important marketplace for producers, distributors, film buyers and co-production agents.

The Berlinale was founded in 1951. The festival director from 2001 to 2019 was Dieter Kosslick . The festival is currently led by a pair of leaders, the managing director Mariette Rissenbeek and the artistic director Carlo Chatrian .

Since 2002 the Berlin International Film Festival has been a division of the federal cultural events in Berlin GmbH . They receive institutional funding from the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media .


The Berlinale has been held in Berlin since 1951, initially in summer and since 1978 in February. It goes back to an initiative by Oscar Martay . Martay was film officer of the military government of the United States and in this function supervised and promoted the Berlin film industry, among other things with several loans from the American military government, with which the financing of the film festival was secured in the first years. The first Berlinale opened on June 6, 1951 with Alfred Hitchcock's Rebecca in the Titania Palast under the motto “Showcase of the free world” . The film historian Alfred Bauer , who had advised the British military government on film matters after the war, was appointed the first festival director . In the eastern part of the city, as a reaction to the Berlinale, there was the festival of people's democratic film , at which mainly films from the then Eastern Bloc were shown. This film festival also took place for the first time in 1951, a week after the Berlinale ended.

Since the first Berlinale, the Golden Berlin Bear - designed based on a model by the sculptor Renée Sintenis - has been awarded. In the first few years, some of the winners were chosen by the public. After the FIAPF (Fédération Internationale des Associations de Producteurs de Films) officially put the Berlinale on an equal footing with the festivals in Cannes , Venice and Locarno , this changed in accordance with the FIAPF guidelines: The Berlinale became an A-Festival and convened for the first time in 1956 an international jury that awarded the "Golden" and the "Silver Bears". The early Berlinale was primarily a public and glamor festival at which numerous film stars presented themselves (such as Gary Cooper , Sophia Loren , Jean Marais , Richard Widmark , Jean Gabin , Michèle Morgan , Henry Fonda , Errol Flynn , Giulietta Masina , David Niven , Cary Grant , Jean-Paul Belmondo and Rita Hayworth ).

The direction of the festival changed from the end of the 1960s, also due to social and political polarization. So it came about at the Berlinale in 1970 by the Vietnam War film ok by Michael Verhoeven to have been quarreling, so resigned the jury and the competition program was canceled. At the 1971 Berlinale , in addition to the traditional competition with the International Forum of Young Films, a former counter-event was integrated into the festival, which was supposed to present young and progressive films. The changes result of the Ostpolitik of Willy Brandt , which was accompanied by a cultural opening of the Eastern Bloc countries, came in 1974 with "With you and without you" by Rodion Nachapetow and 1975 "with the Liar Jakob " one for the first time Soviet and East German film to Program.

The Cubix cinema on Alexanderplatz , February 2008

In 1976, the previous festival director Alfred Bauer was replaced by the film journalist Wolf Donner . This introduced numerous changes and modernizations of the festival, such as moving it from summer to winter. One of the reasons for this change at that time was the date of the film fair (now the European Film Market ), which in winter did not overlap with the dates of other film markets. Donner established new sections such as the German Series and the Children's Film Festival , the former information show became the panorama in its current form. Since Donner's time, the Berlinale has primarily been seen as a “work festival” and less as a stage for stars and “starlets”.

Wolf Donner was replaced in 1979 by Moritz de Hadeln , who headed the Berlinale until 2001. The theater on Potsdamer Platz has been the main venue with 1,800 seats since 2000 . During the Berlinale, the theater will be renamed Berlinale Palast . In addition to the film premieres of the competition films, the opening film and the award ceremony also take place here.

The Berlin Film Festival was directed by Dieter Kosslick from May 1, 2001 to the end of May 2019 . There were also some changes under him: The new series Perspektive Deutsches Kino was introduced, in 2003 the Berlinale Talent Campus was created to promote young talent and another new section was presented at the Berlinale 2007 with the Berlinale Shorts .

From June 1, 2019, Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek officially took over the management of the film festival. Rissenbeek and Chatrian announced in May 2019 that they would not continue the Culinary Cinema 2020 series . With the Encounters series , a new competition section is to be created to promote works by independent filmmakers. From 2020, RBB Media, a subsidiary of RBB , will join the film festival as a co-partner.



The Berlinale Palast on Potsdamer Platz is the venue for the competition films

The competition is the central section of the film festival; The main prizes - the Golden Bear and the Silver Bear - are awarded in the competition program. In the competition (in accordance with FIAPF guidelines) only films will be shown that have been produced within the last 12 months before the start of the festival and have not yet been shown outside their countries of origin.

Around 20 films are in competition each year. The nomination of the films and the selection of the jury members is the responsibility of the festival management. The winners are selected by an international jury under the leadership of a jury president and announced at the end of the festival. Current venues for the competition include a. the Berlinale Palast on Potsdamer Platz as well as the cinemas CinemaxX , Kino International and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele . In 2009 the Friedrichstadtpalast was added as a venue. The jury president of the Berlinale 2009 was actress Tilda Swinton . In 2010 this position was held by the director Werner Herzog , followed by Isabella Rossellini (2011), Mike Leigh (2012), Wong Kar-Wai (2013), producer and screenwriter James Schamus (2014), Darren Aronofsky (2015), Meryl Streep ( 2016), Paul Verhoeven (2017), Tom Tykwer (2018), Juliette Binoche (2019) and Jeremy Irons (2020).


Sophia Myles , 2006

The International Forum of New Cinema (short: Forum ) has been taking place since 1971; the main focus is traditionally in the area of ​​politically active cinema. The forum goes back to an initiative of the Friends of the Deutsche Kinemathek, founded by Gero Gandert in 1963 . The founders were Gero Gandert, Erika Gregor , Ulrich Gregor , Heiner Roß and Manfred Salzgeber . Ulrich Gregor was the speaker of the forum from 1971 to 1979, from then on director of 20 festivals. The forum offered young directors such as Raúl Ruiz , Derek Jarman and Peter Greenaway a first opportunity to present themselves internationally. There is also a platform for films with unusual formats, such as the long productions Taiga by Ulrike Ottinger (8 hours 21 minutes) or Satanstango by Béla Tarr (7 hours 16 minutes).

Another focus of the forum is non-European film. In the 1970s / 80s, the focus was on US independent films , films from Latin America and international avant-garde films. In the 1980s / 90s, the focus was on independent cinema in Asia. The Berlin film journalist Christoph Terhechte was the head of the forum from 2001 to 2018 . After a festival edition with interim management, Cristina Nord has been the section head of the forum since August 2019.

"The International Forum, still the most important side program of the Berlin Film Festival, has been the main program for the curious among the film buffs for years." ( Peter W. Jansen ). The forum's venues are the cinemas Delphi Filmpalast , Arsenal (now at Potsdamer Platz), CineStar (until the Berlinale 2019), CinemaxX and Cubix as well as the silent green Kulturquartier . In 2015, the entire Forum Expanded program was shown for the first time in the Akademie der Künste , after having been the venue for the Berlinale until 1999.

"Retrospective", "Hommage" and "Berlinale Classics"

The retrospective is the film history program of the Berlinale. It has been carried out since 1951 and has been curated and organized by the Deutsche Kinemathek Foundation (today: Filmmuseum Berlin - Deutsche Kinemathek) since 1977 with a clearly non-commercial intention . The topics of the retrospective are devoted to central periods of film history as well as film aesthetic or film technical aspects and individual genres . Rainer Rother is the director of the retrospective . The current venues of the retrospective are the CinemaxX and the Zeughauskino .

With the homage and the Honorary Golden Bear, outstanding personalities in film have been recognized for their life's work since 1977 . The most important works are shown in a series of films. The honorary golden bear for life's work is awarded at a gala event for the guest of honor present. The Berlin International Film Festival and the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum for Film and Television are jointly preparing the homage.

Digitally restored classic films and rediscoveries will celebrate their premiere in the Berlinale Classics . You have been expanding the retrospective since 2013.

Directory of retrospectives :

After the screening there is often an opportunity for discussion between the audience and filmmakers
More than 4200 accredited journalists from around 100 countries reported on the Berlinale 2008
Press conference after showing a competition film

List of tributes :

The Delphi Filmpalast is one of the traditional Berlinale venues


The panorama is part of the official program of the Berlinale and has been held since 1986. The precursor to the Berlinale was the so-called information show . Manfred Salzgeber was initially the manager , who was replaced by Wieland Speck in 1992 . The focus is on art house cinema and auteur films ; all films are shown as world or European premieres. The main program offers around 18 feature films annually, numerous other productions form the supporting program. Subsections are the series Documents , Panorama Special and Panorama Short Films . In terms of content, the panorama is more about social than directly political issues: Traditionally, many gay and lesbian or queer films are shown. The Panorama venues are the CinemaxX , Kino International and CineStar (until the Berlinale 2019).


Since 1978 the Berlinale has dedicated a section specifically to children and young people, where it shows a current selection of international fiction and short films . In this area, the section is one of the most important market and cultural platforms worldwide. The section was supplemented in 2004 by the 14plus youth film competition . The previous name "Kinderfilmfest" was renamed in Generation for the 2007 Berlinale . Accordingly, the competitions are now called Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus .

In the Generation Kplus competition , an eleven-person children's jury awards the Transparent Bears one feature film and one short film. An international jury of film experts also awards the money-endowed prizes from the German Children's Fund . The Transparent Bear for the best feature film in the Generation 14plus competition is awarded by a seven-member jury of young people.

The motto of not showing “children's kitsch” means including high-quality films from all over the world in the program, which remain close to everyday life and the experiences of children and young people and also depict a reality that is sometimes tough stuff. With its program, the Generation section would like to promote a broader understanding of films for young people. The competition entries are not limited to classic children's or youth film productions; Rather, they also include films that were not designed for these target groups, but address children or young people thematically and formally.

As part of Cross Section , films suitable for children and young people from the other sections of the Berlinale have been repeated out of competition in “Generation” since 2006, making them accessible to an audience under 18 years of age. Generation has been led by Maryanne Redpath since 2008 , from 2008 to 2014 in collaboration with Florian Weghorn as co-curator. The main venue for Generation Kplus was the Zoo Palast . The House of World Cultures has been the main venue for Generation 14plus since 2012 . There are further screenings in the Colosseum cinemas ( Prenzlauer Berg ), in the Filmtheater am Friedrichshain and in the Cinemaxx on Potsdamer Platz.

"Berlinale Special"

Berlinale Special is a new series introduced in the official program in 2004, in which current works by great filmmakers as well as re-performances of classic works from film history and productions on festival focal points or hot topics are to be shown. The venue is the Friedrichstadt-Palast .

"Perspective German Cinema"

Sharon Stone at the premiere of "When a man falls in the forest"

The Perspective German Cinema section, introduced under Dieter Kosslick , is dedicated to current German film production and complements the closed German Cinema series ; Around a dozen feature, documentary and experimental films will be shown, selected from around 250 applications. Director is Linda Söffker .

"Berlinale Shorts"

In 2006, a separate section for short films was set up with the Berlinale Shorts . A Golden and a Silver Bear have been awarded to the best short films since 1955, and since 2003 by a specially appointed international jury. Around 30 short films compete for the bears are shown in the Berlinale Shorts every year. The section was headed by Maike Mia Höhne from 2007 to 2019 . Carlo Chatrian as artistic director and Mariette Rissenbeek as managing director, officially the director of the Berlinale since June 1, 2019, have appointed Anna Henckel-Donnersmarck as the new head of the section. Short films and medium-length films can also be seen in the Generation , Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Forum Expanded sections .

"Berlinale Series"

In 2015, the Berlinale became the first A-Festival in the world to introduce its own series for television series into the official program. Previously, series formats (including Top of the Lake , In the face of crime ) had premiered in 2010 . As part of the Berlinale Special Series , there were world or international premieres with Better Call Saul , The Night Manager or 4 Blocks . In 2018 the series was renamed the Berlinale Series and received a modified central venue with the Zoo Palast . Julia Fidel has been the head of the Berlinale Series since 2019 .


For the 70th anniversary of the Berlinale 2020, the new, competitive Encounters section was introduced.

Other Events

  • Berlinale Talents : (2003–2013 “Berlinale Talent Campus”); Venue: House of World Cultures (until 2006), Hebbel am Ufer (since 2007)
  • Deutsche Reihe ( German Cinema ): only for accredited visitors
  • Culinary cinema : series of films introduced in 2007 at the interface of cinema, cooking and food. The last edition took place in 2019, the series will not be continued with the 70th Berlinale.
  • Berlinale Keynotes : Industry-internal lecture series on the future strategies and perspectives of the film industry

"European Film Market"

The European Film Market has been held since 2008 at the Martin-Gropius-Bau place

The European Film Market (EFM) is an important trading center for producers, distributors, film buyers and co-production agents. As the first film market of the year, the EFM is one of the three most important industry meetings for the film industry, alongside the Marché du Film in Cannes in May and the American Film Market in November.

The EFM is the follow-up event to the film fair . It was directed by Aina Bellis from 1980 to 1987; In 1988 Beki Probst took over the management of this event, which is part of the Berlinale in terms of the film industry. The Dutchman Matthijs Wouter Knol has headed the European Film Market since 2014. The long-time EFM director Beki Probst is the president of the EFM. The venue efms were to 2000 the rooms in the Budapest street, after which the film market in the atrium was the Debis house at Potsdamer Platz, the m² offered an area of around 2,500.

The steady expansion of the event led to the move to the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel on Potsdamer Platz in 2006 . At the EFM 2019 1,023 screenings of 730 registered films were carried out, including 593 films with their market premieres. 551 exhibitors and suppliers were compared to 1,885 registered buyers.

(including approx. 530 market premieres). The cinemas CinemaxX and CineStar were mainly used for this. Over 9,000 participants from 110 countries were registered.

Prizes and awards

Prizes awarded

Bear statuette
  • The Golden Bear has been the Grand Prize of the Berlin Film Festival since 1951. It is selected from the competition films, all of which are only produced in the twelve months prior to the start of the festival and may not have previously been shown outside their country of origin or at other festivals. Only once was the award not awarded: 1970.
  • The Silver Bear has been awarded in various categories since 1951 , including the Grand Jury Prize (formerly Special Jury Prize), which was introduced in 1965 and is something of an award for the second best film in the competition. In 1951 the award was given for three films in the musical, drama and comedy categories. 1952–1955 the Silver Bear went to a feature film in general. The prize has been awarded in various categories since 1956. In addition to the Grand Prize, the jury is currently receiving a Silver Bear for best director , best actress , best actor , best screenplay and "for an outstanding artistic achievement in the categories of camera, editing, music, costume or set design" forgive.
  • In the Berlinale Shorts competition , a Golden Bear and a Silver Bear will also be awarded by the jury . The International Short Film Jury also awards honorable mentions and the DAAD Short Film Prize: The DAAD Short Film Prize is awarded by the German Academic Exchange Service to an artistically outstanding and visually innovative short film from the Berlinale Shorts. The prize includes a three-month scholarship in Berlin for the DAAD's artist program and project support. The prize was first awarded in 2006. In addition, a nomination for the best European short film at the European Film Awards goes to a filmmaker of European origin. In 2015, the Audi Short Film Award , endowed with 20,000 euros, was presented for the first time .
  • Transparent Bear : The prize is awarded by a children's jury to the best feature film and short film in the Generation section. It is also given as an Honorable Mention. The prize has been awarded since 1998. The Grand Prize of the German Children's Fund is awarded by an international jury of filmmakers and is currently endowed with 7,500 euros. It is also available as a special price (2,500 euros) and honorable mention. The German Children's Fund has awarded it since 1999.
  • Best debut film : The award, initiated in 2006, is endowed with 50,000 euros and is donated by the Society for the Management of Film and Television Rights (GWFF). An international jury will select the best debut filmfrom the competition , panorama , forum and generation sections. The prize money is shared between the director and producer.
  • The Berlinale Documentary Film Prize was launched in 2017. A total of around 18 current documentary contributions from the sections Competition , Encounters , Panorama , Forum , Generation , Berlinale Special and Perspective German Cinema are nominated for the Berlinale Documentary Film Prize. A three-person jury will decide on the award, the prize money will be shared by the director and producer of the award-winning film. The award will be presented during the official award ceremony in the Berlinale Palast. In the first two years, the prize was endowed with prize money of 50,000 euros and was donated by the watch manufacturer Glashütte. Since the company's withdrawal as a sponsor of the Berlinale, the prize, now endowed with 40,000 euros, has been donated by the RBB radio station.
  • The Berlinale Camera has been going to personalities or institutions who have made outstanding contributions to the Berlinale since 1986. It can only be awarded to winners who are not directly involved in the competition films.
  • The Honorary Golden Bear as an award for a lifetime achievement goes to the guest of the homage .

Independent juries also award the following prizes:

Clint Eastwood was a guest with Letters from Iwo Jima in 2007 and received a Berlinale camera
  • Caligari Film Prize : The prize has been awarded for thematic or stylistic innovations for films in the forum since 1986. It is currently endowed with 4,000 euros, which will be shared equally between the director and distributor. The award is also given as a special mention.
  • The Peace Film Prize , initiated in 1986, goes to a film that combines aesthetic quality with a humanistic message, a democratic message and social responsibility. It is currently endowed with 5,000 euros and is also given a Honorable Mention.
  • Teddy Award : The prize is awarded by an international jury, the members of which are mainly organizers of gay and lesbian film festivals, for a short, feature and documentary film on the subject of homosexuality. The award, first presented in 1987, has been the official Berlinale award since 1992. The statuette awarded was designed by comic artist Ralf König . The award is also available as a special award, special mention, jury award and audience award.
  • In 1992, the Ecumenical Jury Prize succeeded the Prizes from Interfilm and the Organization catholique internationale pour le cinéma et l'audiovisuel (OCIC). One film each from the competition, panorama and forum will be awarded. The prize is awarded to directors who have true artistic talent and whose films show actions or portraits that convey the message of the Bible or sensitize the audience to spiritual, human and social values. The award is also given as a Special Mention and Special Award.
  • The Gilde Deutscher Filmkunsttheater award goes to a film from the official competition and has been awarded since 1996. The jury is made up of three cinema operators who are members of the guild of German film art theaters . (Not to be confused with the Gilde Film Prize .)
  • Since 1997, seven readers of the homosexual magazine Victory Column have awarded the “Victory Column” Readers Jury Prize to the work that best deals with the subject of homosexuality.
  • The reader price of the Tagesspiegel is run by a nine-member reader jury to the best film of the since 2007 Forum awarded. It is endowed with 3,000 euros.
  • The Shooting Stars Award , presented by European Film Promotion to 10 young European young actors since 1998
  • The Heiner Carow Prize has been awarded by the DEFA Foundation since 2013 to a German feature, documentary or essay film from the Panorama section (2013–2019) and is endowed with 5,000 euros. At the 70th Berlinale, the award moved to the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section .
  • Since 1998 the NETPAC Award has been given by the Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema (NETPAC) to an outstanding Asian film in the Forum . There is also a special mention.
  • The Panorama Audience Award , a bronze statuette, is chosen by the audience of the Panorama section . The prize has been awarded since 1999.
  • The Dialogue en Perspective prize, sponsored by the Franco-German Youth Office (DFJW), has been awarded to a film from the Perspektive Deutsches Kino since 2004 . The prize is the result of an intercultural filmic discourse among young people from three countries: France, Germany and a host country that changes every year. The jury consists of seven members, the composition of which is advertised publicly, and a personality who is committed to a filmic dialogue between Germany and France as the jury president. Jan Henrik Stahlberg held this position at the 2012 Berlinale.
The Babylon cinema during the festival season
  • The Score Competition is a prize from the Berlinale Talent Campus and is awarded to three young composers and sound designers. The price includes an orchestration of the soundtrack by the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. The composer of the best soundtrack receives a trip to the most important film studios in Hollywood.
  • The Berlin Today Award has been awarded since 2004, three short film projects over Berlin, which were nominated for at the respective last year's Berlinale Talent Campus. The films were produced with funds from the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
  • The Amnesty International Film Prize, first awarded in 2005 by the human rights organization Amnesty International, is currently endowed with 5,000 euros and goes to films that address the human rights situation today.
  • The Femina Film Prize is currently endowed with 2,000 euros and has been honoring outstanding achievements by women in the field of equipment, camera, costume, music and editing for a German-language film since 2005.
  • The Label Europa Cinemas award goes to an outstanding European film in the Panorama section . It is an initiative of the Europa Cinemas association that promotes the distribution of European films in Europe. The prize has been awarded since 2005.
  • The Think: Film Award has been honoring an artistic work in the Forum Expanded section since 2014 . The award is supported by the Allianz Kulturstiftung and consists of an invitation to Berlin and Cairo, where the selected work can be presented to the public.
  • The Kompagnon-Förderpreis and the Kompass-Perspektive-Award are awarded in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section .

No longer awarded Berlinale prizes

  • The Alfred Bauer Prize , named after the founder of the Berlinale, was awarded from 1987 to 2019 to a competition film that opened up new perspectives for film art. It was also given a Honorable Mention. After research in 2020 revealed that Bauer probably held an important position during the Nazi era, the award of the award was suspended for the time being.
  • The bronze bear was something of a prize for the third-placed finishers in the competition. The prize was awarded from 1951 to 1956. In 1951 he was awarded for four films in the categories of documentation, drama and comedy, and 1952–1955 for a feature film in general. In 1956 the winning film was determined by a public vote.
  • The large bronze plate was awarded by the audience after a vote for the festival's most popular film. The award was only given in 1951. The runner-up received the small bronze plate .
  • The golden plaque was awarded once in 1951 for three documentary films. Second and third prizes were Silver Plaque and Bronze Plaque .
  • The special prize of the city of Berlin , awarded only in 1951, was awarded for film achievements of outstanding value. It was also available as a certificate of honor.
  • The special prize of the Berlin Senate was awarded to several outstanding films by a jury of international delegates. The award was only awarded for two years (1953–1954).
  • The OCIC Prize (awarded from 1954 to 1991) was awarded by the Catholic OCIC, the “Organization Catholique Internationale du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel”. It was also given as a special mention, recommendation, special recommendation, honorable mention and sponsorship award. In 1991 the OCIC and its evangelical sister association Interfilm merged to form an ecumenical jury.
  • From 1954 to 1956, the Great Golden Plaque went to the best documentary in the official competition. The public voted for the winner. The second and third prizes were Great Silver Plaque and Large Bronze Plaque
  • The Small Golden Plaque went to the best short film in the official competition from 1955 to 1957. The price was determined by the audience in a vote. The corresponding prizes for the second and third best film were the Small Silver Plaque and the Small Bronze Plaque .
  • The 1958 Senator Prize for Popular Education went to the documentary or cultural film best suited to a young audience.
  • From 1959 to 1969 the youth film award was given to the film best suited to a young audience. Until 1967 the award was a bronze plate. Short, documentary and feature films were awarded. It was also given an Honorable Mention. 1968–69 the award was called the Young Generation Prize .
  • The CIDALC Prize , which was awarded from 1960 to 1987, was awarded by the CIDALC association that promotes international understanding, the “Confédération Internationale pour la Diffusion des Arts et des Lettres par le Cinéma”. It was also awarded as the CIDALC Gandhi Prize, Silver Medal of the CIDALC, Honorable Mention, Special Prize, Special Recommendation, UNESCO Prize of CIDALC and CIDALC Diploma.
  • The Interfilm Prize was awarded by the Protestant Church. It was also given as a Recommendation, Honorable Mention, Otto Dibelius Film Prize, Grand Prix, Special Mention, Special Recommendation, Special Prize and One World Film Prize. In 1992 the evangelical association merged with its Catholic sister OCIC to form an ecumenical jury. The prize was awarded from 1963 to 1989.
  • The UNICRIT Prize , awarded from 1963 to 1972, was awarded by the UNICRIT critics' association, the "Union International de la Critique de Cinema". It was also given an Honorable Mention, Special Award, and Statuette.
  • The International Writers' Guild Award , a gold plaque, went to the best screenplay in a competitive film. The IWG awarded the prize from 1968 to 1973.
  • The Special Journalist Prize was awarded by an independent group of film critics from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands and Switzerland. It was initiated spontaneously after the resignation of the international jury in 1970 and was only awarded for this one year.
  • The UNICEF Prize , awarded from 1982 to 1999, was awarded by UNICEF to films that dealt with the themes of childhood, youth and family. It was also given a Honorable Mention.
  • The CIFEJ Prize , awarded from 1983 to 1989, was initiated by the “Center International du Film pour l'Enfance et la Jeuneusse” (CIFEJ), which promotes the distribution of films among children and young people. It was also given a Honorable Mention.
  • The prize awarded by the “Zitty” forum readers' jury from 1983 to 1989 was awarded by readers of the alternative Berlin city newspaper “ Zitty ”.
  • The Otto Domnick Film Prize , which was only awarded in 1985, was awarded in memory of the experimental filmmaker Ottomar Domnick .
  • The Children's Film Prize , awarded from 1986 to 1996, was the former main prize of the Children's Film Festival. It was given as the Senator's Prize for Women, Youth and Family, as an Honorable Mention, as a Prize from the Maria Schell Foundation and as a Prize for the Best Short Film.
  • Panorama Short Film Award of the New York Film Academy : From 1993 to 2002, a three-person jury selected the winner from the Panorama short film program, which won a scholarship from the New York Film Academy. The award was also given as a special mention.
  • Panorama Short Film Award : From 2003 to 2005, the festival's official short film jury selected the winner of this award. It was also given a Honorable Mention and Special Award.
  • The Mionetto Film Prize , which was only awarded in 1996, was sponsored by the Italian sparkling wine manufacturer Mionetto.
  • The Pierrot Prize went to the best European debut film. It was only awarded in 1998.
  • The Premiere First Movie Award , which was only presented in 2002, went to the best debut film from the competition, the Panorama, the Forum, the Children's Film Festival or the Perspektive Deutsches Kino. It was also given a special mention.
  • The prize of the readers' jury of the "Berliner Zeitung" was awarded between 1992 and 2006 to a film from the forum . The award was also given as a special mention.
  • The Wolfgang Staudte Prize was awarded between 1990 and 2006 to the best debut film or second film in the main program of the forum . He is reminiscent of the director Wolfgang Staudte .
  • Blue Angel : The Blue Angel was the grand prize of the copyright organization AGICOA from 1993 to 2005.
  • The New York Film Academy Scholarship Award consisted of a New York Film Academy scholarship for an outstanding short film director. The prize was awarded from 1996 to 2005.
  • The Piper Heidsieck New Talent Award was given to the best actress or the best actor in the first film role. The prize was awarded in 2001 and 2002.
  • The Talent Movie of the Week was awarded during the Berlinale Talent Campus . The prize was awarded from 2003 to 2006.
  • In 2004 the Planet Documentary Film Award was presented within the Berlinale Talent Campus. It should enable the financing of a documentary film production.

Festival trailer

Since 2002, a 50-second trailer (“opener”) has opened the screenings in all sections of the festival. The computer animation was created in collaboration between director Uli M Schueppel and the film production company Das Werk Berlin.


  • Peter Cowie: The Berlinale. The festival. Bertz + Fischer, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-86505-202-5 .
  • Matthias Greuling: Cannes, Venice, Berlin: The big film festivals: a service book for filmmakers and media representatives. Norderstedt 2004.
  • Jürgen Haase (ed.): The wall between us. DEFA films at the Berlinale. be.bra, Berlin 2010, ISBN 978-3-8148-0175-9 .

Web links

Commons : Berlinale  - album with pictures, videos and audio files
Wiktionary: Berlinale  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

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  2. Janick Nolting: Berlinale takes place in 2021 and changes the award ceremony. In: August 24, 2020, accessed on August 24, 2020 .
  3. Berlinale 2014 - Facts and Figures , May 5, 2014
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