One of the biggest attending festivals worldwide is the Berlinale, or International Film Festival Berlin; an international festival that opens to the general public showing more than 400 films and that has been running since 1951. Usually celebrated in February, the month of most of the big film events; the next edition of Berlinale is held from the 5th to the 15th February 2015.
More than 400 films are shown in different categories so that we can get a wide view of today’s cinema. These are Berlinale’s sections:
Competition: Probably the most well-known section, this category is where filmmakers, actors, script writers and producers compete for the precious Golden Bears. Open for feature films that haven’t yet been released.
Panorama: This section is a window to independent production with a compromising background. Open to all kinds of subjects and issues, the films we’ll be able to view in this section will not leave anybody indifferent.
Forum: An open window for many young filmmakers, this section is open to alternative and documentary films from all parts of the globe. Expect the unexpected.
Generation: If you’re planning to attend Berlinale with children, this is the best section for you. Open to both feature and short films, these films are up for competition and have two sub-categories divided in over fours and a second one for over 14.
Perspektive Deutsches Kino: A section for the local cinema to show what its emerging filmmakers have to offer to the world. Here we’ll be able to watch what’s new in the German film industry.
Berlinale Shorts: As the name suggests, short films are shown in competition for a Golden Bear and a Silver bear. Here we’ll be able to watch the best of this format and discover new and innovative creators.
Retrospective: One for the nostalgic is this section where we’ll be able to reminisce on films shown in previous editions of the festival.
Homage: A section that started in 2013, Homage pays tribute each year to classic directors, actors and personalities. One Golden Bear is given to the honored guest, but we’ll also be able to admire his or her brilliant work once more.
One of the biggest opportunities for new filmmakers and professionals seeking co-productions is the EFM (European Film Market), held each year at the same time as the Berlinale.
During three days, producers present pre-selected projects to find co-productions and financial support from other producers.
Lots of cinemas in Berlin hold screenings for professionals to help sell their feature film or future project.
Ticket sales start on the 2nd February 2015 and you can purchase then at the Berlinale ticket office, online or at Berlin Tourist Infos.
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