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Introduction to the film festival


Film Festival Highlights

The Berlin International Film Festival (hereafter referred to as “Berlinale”) is organised by the Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH. The Berlinale is a major public cultural event and, with over 330,000 tickets sold and the participation of around 20,000 professional visitors from more than 100 countries, including more than 3,500 journalists, it is one of the international film industry’s most important events. The Berlinale programme consists of around 400 films and comprises the Official Programme (Competition, Encounters, Berlinale Shorts, Panorama), the Generation and Perspektive Deutsches Kino sections, as well as the Forum, which is organised independently by the Arsenal - Institute for Film and Video Art. Films can be submitted to one or more of the sections mentioned above. The person responsible for the accuracy of the information given in the online film submission form (hereinafter called “the submitter”) selects the appropriate section(s) during the film submission process. The Berlinale is a FIAPF (International Federation of Film Producers Associations) accredited festival and is subject to its guidelines.

Awards

Golden Bear, Silver Bears, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards、Award for Best Film, Award for Best Director, Special Jury Award, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards、GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards, Panorama Audience Awards、GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards, Caligari Film Prize、Crystal Bears, Awards of the Generation International Juries, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards、Golden Bear, Silver Bear,Berlin EFA Nominee, Teddy Award、Compass-Perspektive-Award, Kompagnon-Fellowship, GWFF Best First Feature Award, Berlinale Documentary Award, Teddy Awards, Heiner Carow Prize

Rules

Genre :Action Comedy War Science fiction Ethics Terror Thriller Violence Adventure Crime Family Music Love Magic Fantasy Shootout Suspense Youth Inspirational Literary Biography Western Drama others Documentary
Subject :Unlimited
Video Format :MPEG4 DCP MOV MPEG
Submission: In order to be admitted to the selection, both the online entry form and the selection screener must have been received by the Berlinale within the deadlines mentioned below. A successfully completed film entry does not automatically mean the inclusion of the film in the festival programme. Deadline for submission: October 31, 2022 for feature-length films / November 12, 2022 for short films / November 21, 2022 for series, Date of completion: within the 12 months prior to the festival Premiere Status: World premieres are given priority, however, the sections have different requirements (see sections overview). Categories: All sections accept fiction films, documentary forms, animation as well as experimental films but no industry films or commercials. Accepted formats for selection: File upload or DCP. See technical specifications. Formats for festival presentation: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm and other formats only upon request. See technical specifications.

Evaluation

  • Overall rating
Jury Profile
Jury Name Judge photos Jury Profile

Authorization type

    Proxy Submission

Duration (several sessions)

    73

Film Festival Features

  • Red Carpet
  • Celebrity Guest
  • Film Screen
  • Cash prize
  • Trophy
  • Copyright transactions
  • Prize
  • Certificate

Dates & Deadlines

  • 2022-09-15
    Submission start time

  • 2022-10-31
    Deadline

  • 2022-11-14
    Deadline

  • 2022-11-14
    Submission end time

  • 2023-01-20
    Finalist notification start time

  • 2022-01-20
    Finalist notification end time

  • 2023-02-16
    Award ceremony start time

  • 2023-02-26
    Award ceremony end time

Categories and fees

  • Competition
    Video length :60 - 240
    Accepted formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Eligible are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which are intended for theatrical release. have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking). have not been released commercially other than in their country of origin. have neither been presented on television nor on the internet/VOD. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin. World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status). German films have to be world premieres to be eligible for the Competition.

    2022/10/31
    Deadline

    Standard: 175 Dollar

    Student: 175 Dollar

  • Generation (Feature Film)
    Video length :60 - 240
    Accepted formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Eligible for Generation are feature-length films (at least 60 minutes running time) which have not been released in Europe (for European films: except country of origin, this does not apply to German films). have not been screened at any European film festival; A presentation at festivals in the country of origin (except for German films) will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible outside of Europe / in the country of origin (geoblocking). have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet/VOD other than in their country of origin (except for German films). In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as country of origin. World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status). German films applying for Generation need to be a European premiere as minimum requirement and may not have been presented publicly in Germany (festival, theatrical release, TV, Internet, VOD). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.

    2022/10/31
    Deadline

    Standard: 175 Dollar

    Student: 175 Dollar

  • Berlinale Shorts
    Video length :1 - 30
    Eligible for the Berlinale Shorts competition are fiction, documentary, animation, hybrid and experimental films, which fulfil the following criteria: maximum length of 30 min (including credits). have not participated at any international film festival. A presentation in the country of origin will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible in the country of origin (geoblocking). have not been broadcast nor presented on the Internet/VOD. World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status). German films have to be World Premieres to be eligible for Berlinale Shorts Accepted formats are: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.

    2022/11/14
    Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 75 Dollar

  • Perspektive Deutsches Kino(Short)
    Video length :30 - 60
    For the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, films must be a German fiction, documentary or experimental film with a minimum running time of 30 minutes. Screening formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. World premieres are given priority. A theatrical release as well as a participation in a German film festival prior to the Berlinale is not permitted. However, previous film festival participations outside of Germany do not exclude a film. This applies also to a presentation at an online film festival; the streamings are not to be available in Germany (geoblocking). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. The processing fee for submissions is 175 Euros for feature films and 75 Euros for films with a running time of up to 60 minutes.

    2022/11/14
    Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 75 Dollar

  • Perspektive Deutsches Kino(Feature)
    Video length :60 - 240
    For the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section, films must be a German fiction, documentary or experimental film with a minimum running time of 30 minutes. Screening formats: DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. World premieres are given priority. A theatrical release as well as a participation in a German film festival prior to the Berlinale is not permitted. However, previous film festival participations outside of Germany do not exclude a film. This applies also to a presentation at an online film festival; the streamings are not to be available in Germany (geoblocking). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines. The processing fee for submissions is 175 Euros for feature films and 75 Euros for films with a running time of up to 60 minutes.

    2022/10/31
    Deadline

    Standard: 175 Dollar

    Student: 175 Dollar

  • Panorama
    Video length :60 - 200
    Eligible films for Panorama are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which have not been released in Europe other than in their country of origin. have not been screened at any other German or European film festival. A presentation at festivals in the country of origin (except for German films) will be tolerated. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible outside of Europe / in the country of origin (geoblocking). have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet/VOD other than in their country of origin (except German films). are available in the formats DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. Television productions are only eligible if they are intended for a theatrical release. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as the country of origin. World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status). German films applying for Panorama need to be a European premiere as minimum requirement and may not have been presented publicly in Germany (festival, theatrical release, TV, Internet, VOD). The Artistic Director of the festival reserves the right to rule on any cases not provided for in these guidelines.

    2022/10/31
    Deadline

    Standard: 175 Dollar

    Student: 175 Dollar

  • Encounters(Feature)
    Video length :60 - 200
    Encounters is a platform aiming to foster aesthetically and structurally daring works from independent, innovative filmmakers. Its goal is to support new perspectives in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official selection. Conceived as a counterpoint and a complement to Competition, Encounters is a competitive section devoted to new cinematic visions. The films selected will challenge traditional forms and ask viewers to reconsider their positions in relation to them. Being a mirror of the different ways of production that have developed in the 21st century and reflecting this vibrant energy, Encounters will become a meeting point for filmmakers and producers, programmers and film critics, cinephiles and festival lovers. Not distinguishing between genres, Encounters comprises around 15 works - world or international premieres of fiction or documentary films of at least 60 minutes in length. A three-member jury will choose winners for best film, best director and a special jury award

    2022/10/31
    Deadline

    Standard: 175 Dollar

    Student: 175 Dollar

  • Forum
    Video length :60 - 200
    Eligible films for Forum are feature films and documentaries of at least 60 minutes running time which have not been released in Europe other than in their country of origin. have not been screened at any other German or European film festival. A presentation at festivals in the country of origin (except for German films) will be accepted. A prior presentation at an online festival is permitted as long as the streamings were only accessible outside of Europe / in the country of origin (geoblocking). have neither been broadcast nor presented on the internet / VOD other than in their country of origin (except German films). are available in the formats DCP or QuickTime ProRes. 35mm or other formats only upon request. are meant to be released in film theatres. In case of international co-productions the main country of production will be considered as the country of origin. World premieres are preferred (general information on premiere status). German films applying for Forum need to be a European premiere as minimum requirement and may not have been presented publicly in Germany (festival, theatrical release, TV, Internet, VOD). The head of the Forum section reserves the right to settle any cases not covered by the regulations. Forum Expanded is a curated programme upon invitation only and does not receive submissions.

    2022/10/31
    Deadline

    Standard: 175 Dollar

    Student: 175 Dollar

  • Generation (Short Film)
    Video length :0 - 20
    Running times Berlinale Shorts: 30' or less Generation: 20' or less Perspektive Deutsches Kino: 30' till less than 60' (German films only)

    2022/11/14
    Deadline

    Standard: 75 Dollar

    Student: 75 Dollar

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