Berlin International Film Festival

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Berlin International Film Festival is the world’s second largest international film festival after Cannes Film Festival. This festival attracts many films attending each year. Let’s find out some information about it.

History

The Berlin International Film Festival was founded in West Berlin in 1951. Alfred Hitchcock’s Rebecca opened the first Berlinale. Although the film had premiered in 1940, many Germans had been unable to watch it until after the war ended. Since 1978 the festival has been celebrated annually in February.

Alfred Hitchcock

The next-to-most recent festival, the 66th Berlinale, was held from 11 February to 21 February 2016. Meryl Streep presided over the international jury. Joel and Ethan Coen’s film Hail, Caesar! was selected to open the festival. The Golden Bear was awarded to the Italian documentary Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

The 67th Berlin International Film Festival was held February 9 to February 19, 2017.

Berlin International Film Festival in 2017

February in Berlin is all about film: international stars on the red carpet, enthusiastic fans from around the world – and, above all, some great films. Around 400 films are shown at the Berlinale and tickets are available for everyone, because the Berlinale is the world’s largest public film festival. For ten days, the festival features films that inspire, touch and let you discover new worlds.
Berlinale – the world’s largest public film festival.

Around 400 films are shown at the Berlinale and tickets are available for everyone

Around 400 films are shown at the Berlinale and tickets are available for everyone, because the Berlinale is the largest public film festival in the world. Whether major international productions with top stars, experimental independent films or art-house cinema from around the world, for ten days, the festival features films that inspire, touch and let you discover new worlds. At the heart of the festival is the competition for the Golden Bear. In addition to the main competition, the Berlinale has other sections such as panorama, forum, generation for children and youth and German cinema perspectives.

Berlinale Cinemas

The films at the Berlinale are shown in several cinemas across the city, centred on the Stage Theater at Potsdamer Platz which is transformed for ten days as the Berlinale Palast. Other venues for the Berlinale include the world’s largest stage at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.

European Film Market

Around 400 films are shown at the Berlinale and tickets are available for everyone

The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair that is part of the Berlinale where 400 companies and 8,000 film professionals foster synergies, has developed into one of the most important events for the international film business. The Berlinale and the EFM, the festival and the market, form a unique network of formal and informal connections – also to the benefit of Berlin as a location for film-making.

The world’s second largest international film festival after Cannes has one massive advantage over its French rival: you don’t have to be invited to watch the Berlin International Film Festival’s 400 films (mostly European and international premieres) as anyone can buy tickets online via their website.