Berlin International Film Festival
The Berlinale is for Germany what the Oscars are for Hollywood. Stars and starlets, glitter and glamour, culture and commerce at a festival whose line-up speaks for itself.
Here are the figures: 270,000 visitors, 4,000 journalists and as many as 400 films, mostly world and European premieres. There are films of all genres, lengths and formats, the cream of international cinema in competition, the independent and arthouse scene in panorama, movies for younger audiences, newly unearthed gems from Germany, a closer look at films from faraway lands, experimental formats and fresh perspectives in the Berlinale’s short film category. The programme is complemented by a retrospective and homage to the achievements of a single great cinema personality.
Berlin is a cosmopolitan culture capital of widespread appeal with the Berlinale as its signature festival. Both are a must.