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Reporting from Berlin on the 67th edition February 9 -19, 2017
Our team of festival ambassadors and reporters bring you the dailies from the Berlin Film Festival and European Film Market and keep an eye on past editions archives.

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival was held February 11 - 20, 2016 #berlinale Preview Newsletters 1 & 2 I Line Up issue I

Complete Coverage of 64 th edition with 173 articles


Abramorama has partnered with Sword Rowe Capital to establish a Filmed Content and P&A Fund.

 The fund will target music driven films as well as other genres building on Abramorama’s experience in targeting niche markets. The initial fund will enable Abramorama to become involved in projects at an earlier stage, to help create, as well as market and distribute.  With the flexible funding in place, Abramorama will partner with content owners, music focused digital entities, bands, management companies, and record labels, to mine the visual content they have assembled over...

EastWest-Filmdistribution premieres The Chronicles of Melanie by Viestur Kairish

The Chronicles of Melanie by Viestur Kairish Original Title: Melanijas hronika   2016, Latvia, Czech Republic, Finland; Biography, History; 120 minutes Original Language: Latvian Subtitles: English Cast & Credits   Synopsis   The 14th of June 1941, Soviet-occupied Latvia: Without warning, the authorities break into the house of Melanie and her husband Aleksandr and force them to leave everything be...

The Final Selections for the Berlinale Classics Section

The Final Selections for the Berlinale Classics Section – Classics by Woody Allen, James Cameron, James Ivory and George A. Romero on the Big Screen   Five of the seven restored versions screening in Berlinale Classics will be celebrating their world premiere in Berlin. In addition to the films from Germany, Israel and Mexico (see press release from December 12, 2016), the section will include four additional restored versions of international classics, by Woody Allen, James Cameron...

“EFM Industry Debates” Line up

“EFM Industry Debates” 2017: Promises and Reality of Digital Distribution, Challenges and Opportunities in the Arab Film Industry and Innovations in Film Sales and Marketing                            In the tenth year of their existence, the “EFM Industry Debates” (February 10 to 12) will once again bring together high-calibre international ...

Forum Expanded – The Programme is Complete

The Forum Expanded curatorial team has now completed the 2017 selection. 44 artistic works from a total of 21 countries have been invited, including 28 films of various lengths, 15 installations and a performance. The opening of the group exhibition at the Akademie der Künste at the Hanseatenweg already takes place on February 8, one day before the start of the Berlinale. 13 video and sound installations are being shown there, once again supplemented by film screenings from February 10 onwa...

Virtual Reality, 8K and Asia focus at Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin

Virtual Reality, 8K and Asia focus at the largest trade show for the performing arts TV industry: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin welcomes international experts and stars from  11 – 15 February 2017 in Berlin   It is the largest annual coproduction market for the international performing arts TV and media industry: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin connects around 400 experts in film production, distribution and broadcasting, as well...

“Drama Series Days” 2017: New Venue, Expanded Programme

“Drama Series Days” 2017: New Venue, Expanded Programme / Series Events for Berlinale Market Attendees at Legendary Zoo Palast   The “Drama Series Days”, a joint initiative for series content co-organised by the industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Talents, are set to celebrate their third annual edition this year. Building on the great success of the previous years, a third day has been added to the programme for 20...

Forum 2017: Realistic and Surreal

The 47th Berlinale Forum is showing 43 films in its main programme, 29 of which as world premieres and 10 as international premieres. This year’s Special Screenings will be announced in a further press release.    This year’s programme shines a light on the sheer wealth of forms employed by the documentary, including films from Southeast Asia, Europe, North America, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa. The spectrum could hardly be broader here, encompassing institut...

Avant Première 2017: Win a free Day Pass! /

        Avant Première is the coproduction market for film production, distribution, broadcasting, the creative industries and the international TV industry in the cultural sector.   VIRTUAL REALITY FOCUS     in c...

The Special TEDDY AWARD 2017 goes to Monika Treut

  The 31st Teddy Award is presented within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival (9 Feb. – 19 Feb. 2017) on February 17th, 2017 in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele.    The TEDDY AWARD honours films and filmmakers who contribute tolerance, acceptance and equality to society through queer topics and cinematographic commitment. Films will be awarded in following three categories: best short, best documentary and best feature film.   For 31 years the ...

The French production Belinda by Marie Dumora is slated to open Panorama Dokumente

The French production Belinda by Marie Dumora is slated to open Panorama Dokumente with a contribution to the previously announced thematic focus “Europa Europa” (see press release from December 20, 2016). The Yenish people have occupied a difficult position in the national fabric of Europe since time immemorial: like the Sinti and Roma, they typically have trouble aligning themselves as they are legally and socially excluded by majority populations. The...

Screen Media - EFM2017 - Line-Up

  Martin Gropius Bau 151   NERDLAND 2016 - Comedy Director: Chris Prynoski Cast: Paul Rudd, Patton Oswalt, Hannibal Buress,   'Aspiring actor John (Paul Rudd) and would-be screenwriter Elliot (Patton Oswalt) are two LA dudes approaching their 30th birthdays without yet becoming the megawatt superstars they know they were meant to be. In a town...

Horror/thriller "All I Need" starring the racy rising star Catlin Stacy terrifies in UK, and soon in US too!

  ​We are excited to announce that our horror/thriller "All I Need" (a.k.a. "Wake in Fear") has been released in UK and the US release will follow in February, as the deal with Gravitas Ventures and Girls and Corpses has been successfully closed. Several territories are still available, so don't hesitate to ask for avails and a screener!    All I Need (2016) Horror, thriller A young woman, Chloe, wakes bound and gagg...

11th Culinary Cinema: Passion Food

    “Passion Food” is the motto of the eleventh Culinary Cinema, which will be held from February 12 to 17, 2017. This year eleven recent full-length films focusing on the relationship between food, culture and politics will be presented.   “Undoubtedly, passion – and its mastery – is a driving force behind the work of cooks and filmmakers, and simultaneously one of its themes,” Festival Director Dieter Kosslick says in explaining the motto....

Cinema Born of the Icy Cold: Berlinale NATIVe 2017 Features Indigenous Films from the Arctic Circle

NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema will focus in 2017 on Indigenous cinema from the Arctic. The film programme for the special series, which is comprised of nine short and ten feature-length films, will also be complemented by a number of events featuring discussion and other spoken word formats.   NATIVe 2017 will open with a film from the cultural sphere of the Sámi, Europe’s only Indigenous people: 2016’s Kuun metsän Kaisa (Kaisa’s Enchanted F...

BERLINALE 2017: NATIVe Opening Film KAISA’S ENCHANTED FOREST by Katja Gauriloff

84 min, Finland, B&W + color, 2016, Sámi + French spoken, English subtitles Screenings: Fri, Feb 10, 21.00 at IMAX, NATIVe opening ceremony, screening, Q+A Sat, Feb 11, time TBC, CUBIX at Alexanderplatz. Variety: "[...] like a Guy Maddin movie as an anthropological dig" The Hollywood Reporter: "A fascinating historical chapter, inventively told.” Following a sold-out world premiere at Hot Docs and rave reviews in the trades, KAISA&#...

Generation 2017: Celebrating 40 Years of Film Programming for Young Audiences at the Berlinale

Forty years ago, the Berlinale launched the festival programme for the young cineastes. From the beginning the concept was embraced and celebrated by its target audiences and consequently expanded through the establishment of a further competition programme catering to adolescents. Since 2007, the Generation section has united the Kplus and 14plus competitions together under one roof and provided an opportunity not only for young people to participate in the greater conversation on cinema and cu...

36 Feature Film Projects Searching for International Partners at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

At the 14th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 12 to 15, 2017) a selection of 36 promising feature-film projects from 29 countries will come together with a wide range of potential co-production and funding partners from around the world. In addition, the market will be presenting several respected production companies in the scope of their exclusive “Company Matching Programme”.   To aid the producers of the selected projects and companies, the Berlinale ...

EFP celebrates 20th anniversary of European Film Promotion

It was exactly 20 years ago – during the 1997 Berlinale – that the time was right to launch EUROPEAN FILM PROMOTION e.V. (EFP) to highlight European films internationally in the face of domination from US blockbusters. Initially, ten countries joined forces to promote and market their national cinema in a European context and create networking opportunities for their up-and-coming creatives at major film festivals around the globe. The i...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2017: The Millennial Generation

  Fourteen Films, including nine full-length fiction and documentary films, have been invited for the Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2017. Strong fiction films by millennials characterise this year’s selection. The directors, who are mostly in their early 30s and were coming of age around the turn of the millennium, were shaped and socialised by this period. With them we take a look back into childhood and adolescence. We see kids affected by their parents’ separation, and en...

Samsonite RED is Premium Partner of the 31st TEDDY AWARD

The 31st Teddy Award is presented within the framework of the International Film Festival  (9 Feb. – 19 Feb. 2017)  on February 17th, 2017 at Haus der Berliner Festspiele. For the very first time it is supported by Samsonite RED.    Since 31 years, the TEDDY AWARD rewards movies and filmmakers, who contribute with engagement and queer topics for more tolerance, equality, acceptance and diversity in society. More than 1500 guests from culture, art, economy, politics an...

Free Dolphin International @ Berlin EFM 2017

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FREEZE! Hands in the air and follow the L.A. BEAT! from Summer Hill Films

L.A. Beat is a feature film by Christoph Kositzka that takes you to the underworld of Los Angeles. Cops, bad guys, guns and drugs - all the elements for a banging action movie. See the trailer and stills below!  Synopsis:  While taping an episode of a popular police reality TV show, "L.A. Beat", a cop and a film crew are taken hostage by a vigilante hell-bent on revenge. Disguised as a police officer, the hijacker cruises the streets and alleys of the Los Angeles und...

67th Berlinale: Competition and Berlinale Special

67th Berlinale: Competition and Berlinale Special - Danny Boyle, Hong Sangsoo, Thomas Arslan, Volker Schlöndorff, Sabu, Álex de la Iglesia and Josef Hader’s Directorial Debut in the Competition Programme   Competition   The following films will be celebrating world or international premieres in the Competition of the Berlinale 2017.   Bamui haebyun-eoseo honja (On the Beach at Night Alone) South Korea By Hong Sangsoo (Nobody's Daughter Haewon, Right...



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October 30, 2015 Deadline for film entries for the festival (feature length films)
November 17, 2015 Deadline for film entries for the festival (short films)
January 6, 2016 Application deadline for accreditations
February 2, 2016 Programme Press Conference at the "Federal Press and Information Office"; access with invitation only
February 11, 2016 Opening Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 11-19, 2016 European Film Market
February 13-18, 2016 Berlinale Talents
February 14-16, 2016 Berlinale Co-Production Market
February 20, 2016 Closing & Award Ceremony of the
66th Berlin International Film Festival
February 21, 2016 Berlinale Publikumstag




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