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The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 10 to 17, 2022 under the motto "It all (re)starts here".
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Dear Festival Organizers attending Berlin You are cordially invited to our wine tasting party celebrating Exodus to Shangai premiere in Berlin


If you are a festival organiser or festival programmer attending Berlinale PLease RSVP to get your name on the EventBrite Guest List for our wine tasting party for festival organizers (sorry strictly limited to festival organizers). Bring a bottle of your country to share the fun of diversity...

Exodus to Shangai by Anthony Hickox to celebrate the Market World Premiere at EFM February 12

Exodus to Shangai will receive its Market Premiere at EFM February 12th The world Premiere is set for Fantasporto March 3rd part of the Fantasporto for Peace Action.  The Crew and Cast will be attending the screening in the Market Feb 12th at 7:00 pm Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie, Potsdamer Strasse 2, 10785 Berlin  I  Press Kit on I Ask for a screener I Take a meeting in Berlin I Book Exodus to Shangai fo...

Exodus to Shanghai, 2015 review

Produced by Michel Adam a fashion TV founder and directed by Anthony Hickox (Waxwork, Hellraiser3...) this upbeat feature film provides a superb symbiosis of action thriller, comedy, romance, adventure, music and high production value. Using most attractive fashion models and seasoned actors the Exodus story is largely based on the true story of Dr. Feng Shan Ho the Chinese Consul of Vienna issuing 10, 000 exit visas in 1938 to Austrian Jews to leave the Third Reich for Shanghai, an initiative...



Dutch Features Global Entertainment secures top grossing Dutch comedy of 2015: Bon Bini Holland

Dutch Features Global Entertainment (DFGE) has joined forces with production powerhouse Kaap Holland Film, and returns to Berlinale’s European Film market 2016 with the outrageous comedy BON BINI HOLLAND, the highest grossing Dutch comedy in 2015. The film recently received a prestigious Platinum Film for its exceptional box office performance.   Bon Bini Holland - Trailer 1 from Dutch Features on Vimeo. Bon Bini Holland tells the story of Robertico Florentina (Jandino...


    CLICK HERE TO SEE THE EYE TO EYE BROCHURE   Eye to Eye is a pan-European initiative dedicated to young audiences aiming at facilitating the circulation of European independent films on various distribution platforms. The project is based on a strong network of partners, including European film festivals, cinemas, distributors and VoD platforms, gat...

'Who's Gonna Love Me Now?' World Premiere at Berlinale by Tomer Heymann & Barak Heymann

  SYNOPSIS Saar is an HIV positive gay man living in London, where he found refuge from the religious kibbutz where he grew up in Israel. Ever since he was diagnosed with HIV, Saar has craved his family's love, while they struggle with fears and prejudices. Saar and the rest of the London Gay Men's Chorus provide a glorious soundtrack for this documentary about the power of forgiveness and the power that home has, no matter how far we go.   Credits Written...

Jochen Hick's new documentary THE GDR COMPLEX, which will have its world premiere in the Panorama section

Jochen Hick's new documentary THE GDR COMPLEX, which will have its world premiere at the 66th BERLIN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL / Panorama section (pls. find screening dates below).   THE GDR COMPLEX presents Mario Roellig, born 1967.Being gay, young and conservative, Mario Roellig is one of the most in-demand witnesses to the atrocities committed by the GDR. He guides groups through today’s memorial site in the former Stasi prison where he was once incarcerated.Roellig speak...

Fortissimo Films announced today a multi-picture representation of Chinese writer, producer, director Zhang Wei

Fortissimo Films announced today a multi-picture representation of Chinese multi-hyphenate, Zhang Wei, to include his first two films, FACTORY BOSS and DESTINY.  The representation will commence in Berlin, where FACTORY BOSS, which won the Best Actor award at the Montreal Film Festival, will also feature in the upcoming Berlin Chinese Film Festival.   Zhang Wei transitioned to filmmaking after becoming a successful business man/ entrepreneur. He is a graduate of the acclaimed Bei...

Sundance winner "Sand Storm" and more @ Berlinale 2016

5 new Israeli films, supported by Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, will be screened at the Berlinale. Sand Storm, winner of the Sundance World Cinema Grand Jury Prize, is one of them.    "Defining ourselves through the definition of the Other has become a formative part of our communication with the world around us and our perception and relationship with it. It contributes to the widening of gaps, and d...

Mark Lewis film INVENTION @ Berlin International Film Festival

Screening at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival INVENTION A film by Mark Lewis Shot in Paris, São Paulo and Toronto, Invention is the first feature-length film by Mark Lewis. Lewis captures the ever-changing textures of these cities through moving images of glass, light, shadows and reflections, offering an homage to the City Symphony films of the 1920s, while also juxtaposing modernist architecture with the compositional structures of old master painting...

EL REY DEL ONCE - The highly anticipated new film by Silver Bear - winner Daniel Burman - Panorama Special Opening Film

EL REY DEL ONCE   The highly anticipated new film by Silver Bear-winner Daniel Burman  (Jury Grand Prix 2004 for "El abrazo partido")    Panorama Special Opening film (World Premiere)   Argentina 2015, 80 mins         with Alan Sabbagh, Julieta Zylberberg, Usher, Elvira Onetto Produced by BD Cine, Pasto in association with Alegoria, Telefe, Fox +   Press Screening: Friday, Feb. 12, 11:40, CINESTAR 3 ...

THE BACHELORS adds Julie Delpy for Fortitude International

Golden Globe and Oscar nominee Julie Delpy (BEFORE SUNRISE, BEFORE SUNSET), is joining Oscar winner J.K. Simmons (WHIPLASH, TERMINATOR GENISYS, JUNO) in the ensemble comedic drama THE BACHELORS. Windowseat Entertainment is fully financing the project set to begin principal photography in Los Angeles this March.   Written and to be directed by Kurt Voelker (SWEET NOVEMBER, PARK), the feature film is produced by Matthew Baer (UNBROKEN, MAGGIE, CITY BY THE SEA), George Parra (JOY, THE DESC...

Portugal Film is at Berlinale with three films.

Berlinale Shorts just anounced its oficial selection where there are two films represented by Portugal Film - Portuguese Film Agency: Batrachian's Ballad, by Leonor Teles, and Freud und Friends, by Gabriel Abrantes. Batrachian's Ballad is Leonor Tele's first film after graduating from Film School. It is an 11 minute documentary, produced by Uma Pedra no Sapato, which according to its director "occurred when I learnt a surprising fact  – the Portuguese tradi...

Offer Egozy’s first feature FANTASTIC is selected at the 2016 Berlinale Forum.

    Synopsis : An absurdist, pastel noir that documents events after an artist flees New York and winds up dead in a small town.  A local sheriff, an old lover, and a distant friend try to sort out what’s happened and, in the process, confront the ways that their own needs and desires have created the mysteries that surround them.   Offer Egozy (director) and Alexandra Anthony (lead actress) will be available for interviews in Berlin February 11 till 19. If ...

The Miracle of Tekir @ EFM Berlinale

 Market screening of  The Miracle of Tekir, which will take place on February 17th at 11.30 a.m , CinemaxX Studio 14.     In the heart of the Danube Delta, earth and water, superstition and religion mix together to make up the mysterious and miraculous Tekir’s mud. Accused of witchery and chased away from her village, Mara finds herself employed at the Tekir Hotel, specifically in charge of the rich and eccen...

A Night in Tokoriki Official Selection - Generation 14plus

In an improvised night club called "Tokoriki" the whole village celebrates Geanina’s 18th birthday. Her boyfriend and Alin will give her a most surprising gift, one that nobody will ever forget. A short film by Roxana Stroe. Production: UNATC World Sales: Ultraviolet Media Screening schedule: 15.02.2016, at 17:00- CinemaxX 1 17.02.2016, at&nbs...


ECHOES OF TIME A Portrait of Our Times in Images

 ECHOES OF TIME A Portrait of Our Times in Images   Worthy of comparison to the work of great masters, Robert Wilson, Tarkovsky and Matthew Barney, ECHOES OF TIME creates a stunning visual portrait of the most challenging issues we are facing today: endless wars, migration, lost values, the isolation of the ruling from the ruled and the surreal nature of our reality. Just like in Alain Resnais' "Last Year at Marienbad", the...

City of Jade by Midi Z at the 2016 Berlinale

Seashore Image Productions is pleased to inform you that Midi Z (Jade Miners, Ice Poison, Poor Folk) is going to present his latest documentary, City of Jade, at the 2016 Berlinale Forum. Following his observational Jade Miners (2015 Rotterdam) on the predicament of the Burmese jade miners, Midi tells a very personal account of his family story set in the same location, the treacherous Jade City, which is the heart of the jade rush in Myanmar.    Currently, Myanmar is undergoing s...

Foresight Unlimited Takes International Sales Rights on Michael Mailer's BLIND

Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited announced today that they will be handling international sales on Michael Mailer’s (The Ledge, Seduced and Abandoned) drama Blind, starring Alec Baldwin (The Departed, Concussion), Demi Moore (Ghost, A Few Good Men), and Dylan McDermott (The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Olympus Has Fallen) at the upcoming EFM. Mailer directed and produced alongside Diane Fisher, Jennifer Gelfer, Pamela Thur, and Martin Tuchman. Foresight’s Mark Damon and Tamar...

Academy Award Nominee Ethan Hawke to star in Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures' 24 HOURS TO LIVE’

Leading Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Thunder Road Pictures announced today that Academy Award® Nominee Ethan Hawke (Boyhood, Training Day) will star in their upcoming thriller 24 Hours to Live, with acclaimed Second Unit Director Brian Smrz tapped to direct. Basil Iwanyk of Thunder Road, Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao and International President Gregory Ouanhon are producing the film, with Fundamental fully financing. Fundamental Films’ Gary G...

Hicham Lasri's STARVE YOUR DOG ats Berlinale Panorama section.

If Arab cinema had a punk movement, then Hicham Lasri would be its Johnny Rotten. Rasha Salti (TIFF 2015) A has-been filmmaker sets out to engrave a painful chapter in her country’s history by interviewing a notorious political strongman about the part he played in a brutal former regime. The filmmaker’s glory days are quite as faded as the political power her subject once enjoyed. And her old crew is no longer cohesive or motivated. They all go round and round, circling the...

Guests and speakers/panelists for all seven nights of this years BERLIN CRITICS’ WEEK confirmed their participation.

        The focus of the 2nd BERLIN CRITICS’ WEEK will again lie on negotiating cultural, political and aesthetic questions of filmmaking, inspired by a diverse film programme. Besides filmmakers and critics, philosophers and visual artists accepted the invitation to our panels.   Besides others, we will welcome the filmmakers Jennifer Reeder, Tatjana Turanskyj, Marita Neher, Denis Côté, Philippe Grandrieux and Lewis...

Aslı Özge's ALL OF A SUDDEN in Panorama Special

Screenings at Berlin International Film Festival: Friday 12.02.2016 / 12:30 / Cinemaxx 7 / First Official Screening (Press Priority) Saturday 13.02.2016 / 14:00 / Cubix 9 Thursday 18.02.2016 / 21:30 / Zoo Palast 1 / Gala Screening Friday 19.02.2016 / 12:30 / Cinemaxx 7                 A film by Aslı Özge produced by EEE Productions (DE), Topkapi Films (NL), Haut...

Martin Hawie “TORO” will screen at the Berlinale “Perspektive Deutsches Kino” programme.

TORO has already received a “special mention of the jury”  at the 49th Hof International Film Festival 2015.   SHORT SYNOPSIS / LOGLINE: TORO it is a young Polish man (Paul Wollin), who came to Germany ten years earlier in search of a future. Toro, whose name is actually Piotr, hopes to realize his dream of opening a boxing school in Poland and to do so earns his living as an escort for middle-class women.  TORO - Official Trailer from SUMMERSIDE INTERNATIO...

New music programs from Yle, the Finnish Broadcasting Company at Avant Première 2016.

We welcome You to the screening of the chef d’œuvre of Finnish music, KULLERVO,  a symphonic poem by Jean Sibelius at Scandic Potsdamer Platz Screening Hall on Wednesday 17th February at 19.30hrs.  Also present will be the choreographer Tero Saarinen. Tero Saarinen - Jean Sibelius: Kullervo Dance and Opera - 2015    90 min, HD Co-production: Finnish National Opera, Yle and...


WHO IS ODA JAUNE? (World Premiere - Perspektive Deutsches Kino) documentary portrait of German-Bulgarian painter

WHO IS ODA JAUNE? (World Premiere - Perspektive Deutsches Kino) is a complicated, surprising documentary portrait of German-Bulgarian painter Oda Jaune - whose contemporary paintings defy categorization to explore a vast range of moving and often disturbing imagery: pregnant men, faceless naked bodies, perverse figures, joyful creatures and flying people all exist side by side.   And like her paintings, Jaune herself is cloaked in mystery, refusing to easily ascribe meaning to h...

Czech director Petr Vaclav premieres his latest drama WE ARE NEVER ALONE (Forum - World Premiere) at the Berlinale

  Critically acclaimed Czech director Petr Vaclav premieres his latest drama WE ARE NEVER ALONE (Forum - World Premiere) at the Berlinale.   This ensemble allegory follows the surprisingly interconnected lives of a group of very different people struggling to survive, each in their own way, in a small town in the Czech provinces: a paranoid prison guard, his hypochondriac neighbor and his wife who holds a shocking secret, their hardened children, a lovesi...

YOU'LL NEVER BE ALONE (World Premiere - Panorama) directorial film debut of internationally known Chilean musician Alex Anwandt

YOU'LL NEVER BE ALONE (World Premiere - Panorama) marks the striking directorial film debut of internationally known Chilean musician Alex Anwandter. Inspired by the 2012 real life hate murder of a gay teen in Chile that galvanized the nation, Anwandter has written and directed a powerful film about a homophobic assault that elegantly traces the aftermath's effect on a family, and an estranged father's moving attempts to reconcile and help his son.   Trailer: ht...

NAKOM (World Premiere - Panorama) the first film from Ghana to ever play the Berlinale

NAKOM (World Premiere - Panorama) is a historic film - the first film from Ghana to ever play the Berlinale, and the first feature film made in the Kusaal language.  Inspired by the pull of Western modern life in a remote African farming village, NAKOM is a tremendous achievement.   After his father's sudden death, Iddrisu, a talented medical student, returns to Nakom, his home village in northern Ghana, to repay a debt that threatens to destroy his fam...

EFM 16: The Exchange brings Tiger Mickey Rourke starring

TIGER stars Mickey Rourke (IRON MAN 2, THE WRESTLER), Janel Parrish (PRETTY LITTLE LIARS), Prem Singh (BREAKAWAY). It tells the inspirational true story of Pardeep Singh Nagra, a Sikh man who was banned from the sport of boxing for refusing to back down from his beliefs. Nagra was a contender for the Olympic Games, but was denied the opportunity to fight because he refused to shave his beard, which would have violated Sikh religious law. With immense support from his head coach and mentor, Par...

Summer Hill Films/TomCat Films to present: HAVANA HEAT at EFM

  "...a buddy adventure movie in a city as fascinating as Havana" - The Arts Guild A lot can happen in three days. Jacky Petty, played by Gil Bellows, is an Insurance excutive attending a convention in Cuba. Brushing off a fortune teller's warning of impending danger, he befriends Harry Smith, played by Greg Wise, who is a fun loving travel writer with a taste for cigars, rum and trouble. Harry takes Jack under his wing and out for a day and night of adventure....

13 Films to sell WORLDS APART at the upcoming European Film Market

This will be the market debut for this title. Starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons, WORLDS APART is made up of three separate narratives, each following a love story between a foreigner and a local. Each story represents a different generation falling in love during a time of socioeconomic turmoil that dominates Southern Europe as a whole, only to connect as a single story in the end.   13 Films will handle international rights outside of Greece to the romantic drama WORLDS...

ANTS ON A SHRIMP will be World Premiering in the Culinary Cinema section.

Director, Maurice Dekkers, will be attending to present the film    ANTS ON A SHRIMP is a fascinating feature documentary following the story of globally renowned chef, René Redzepi, as he relocates his restaurant, NOMA, long-recognized as one of the best in the world, from Copenhagen to Japan.  René faces one of the biggest challenges of his career as he applies his philosophy of “time and place on a plate” to create a brand new, innovative 14 course...


P.S. Jerusalem will celebrate its European premiere in the Forum section

  P.S. Jerusalem (Canada 2015), a documentary feature by Danae Elon, will screen in the Forum section of this year’s Berlinale. Documentarian Danae Elon, daughter of acclaimed author Amos Elon, decides to return to her hometown Jerusalem with her young family after several years abroad. Through her camera’s lens, she narrates her children’s and her husband’s experiences, bravely exposing all the complexities of life in Jerusalem. P.S. Jerusalem is a film about nav...

World Cinema Fund: Expanded Subsidy Programme, WCF goes EFM and WCF Africa Day

  In 2015, the WCF significantly expanded and strengthened its palette of support programmes. That would not have been possible without funds provided by the German Federal Cultural Foundation, which thus guarantee the existence of the WCF until at least 2018. Thanks to enhanced cooperation with the German Foreign Office, which substantially raised its level of support, the WCF also now enjoys additional discretion in its actions.   Additional financing from the European Commissio...

Cine Argentino @ Berlinale 2016

PANORAMA SPECIAL El rey del Once | Aka The Tenth Man Daniel Burman Ari, who has built a successful career in New York, thinks he has left his past behind. But his distant father Usher who runs a Jewish aid foundation in El Once, the close-knit old Jewish neighborhood of Buenos Aires, summons him back to his native city. What ensues is a comedy of errors, of missed and found people and connections, and a rumination on the extent to which we can ever really leave our past behind. ...

Monty Python Terry Jones' BOOM BUST BOOM opens in US

  Bill and Ben Productions and Brainstorm Media announced today Terry Jones’ new feature documentary BOOM BUST BOOM, which shows the link between our unstable economy and how economics is taught. A mix of live action, animation, puppetry and song, BOOM BUST BOOM charts the ancient cycle of boom and bust and offers the world a solution. BOOM BUST BOOM opens theatrically in US on March 11 at The Village East Cinema in New York, followed...

Scott Mann's action-packed thriller Final Score on the market at EFM

Scott Mann   Highland Film Group (HFG) announced today that they will sell the international rights to Final Score, with Scott Mann (Heist, The Tournament) attached to direct. The action-packed thriller, which is penned by The Brothers Lynch, will be filmed at West Ham United’s world renowned Upton Park Stadium in London. Signature’s Marc Goldberg will produce with The Fyzz Facility’s Wayne Marc Godfrey (The Foreigner, Bone Tomahawk) and Robert Jones (The Usual Suspe...


SUMMERSIDE INTERNATIONAL will be located at Martin Gropious Bau, stand nr. 13 SUMMERSIDE INTERNATIONAL is a vivid and dynamic entertainment reality, specialized in production, financing and worldwide distribution of feature films and television programming, co-founded by Francesca Manno and Nicola Tassoni. Participating in top markets and festivals around the world, SUMMERSIDE INTERNATIONAL will launch at European Film Market 2016 and will offer filmmakers and producers its distribution and ...

Eras of Music History - Market Screening Avant Première 2016

MARKET SCREENING  ERAS OF MUSIC HISTORY MODERN TIMES Presented by Signed Media, C Major Entertainment & ZDF/Arte Thursday 18 Feb. 2016 13:45 - 14:45 Scandic H...

Flanders films in Berlin

Discover some of the most exciting features and TV drama made in Flanders and Brussels, Belgium shown at this year's European Film Market in Berlin!         Check screening schedule     ...

Languages & The Media Conference in Berlin this November

The new mediascape is cross-platform, on-demand and multilingual Across all sectors, personalised, on-demand service is no longer a luxury, but an expectation. When consuming media, users are looking for accessible, quality content across all platforms, at all times, in all languages. For the audiovisual translation sector this presents a huge challenge, but also a great opportunity. Never before has there been such high demand for professional media translation services, but these new time...

Go2Films at EFM

CAFE NAGLER - BERLINALE Culinary Cinema       Documentary | Israel, Germany | 59 min | 2015 Director: Mor Kaplansky Co-director: Yariv Barel Producer: Liran Atzmor Involved broadcasters: Keshet...

No Future without a Past Feb18: A discussion on feminism, diversity and film archives on the occasion of the 66th Berlinale

          NO FUTURE WITHOUT A PAST – Save Your Place in Film History! A discussion on feminism, diversity and film archives on the occasion of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival 18 February 2016 - Federal Ministry for Family Affairs, Senior Citizens, Women and Youth / Berlin Who decides today what we will remember tomorrow? What are the ways and means to secure the place of women film-makers in the history of film? How t...

Archstone Distribution presents THE HARVESTING

The Solstice is Coming   To escape their marital problems, a young family travels to the city to spend the summer in Amish country where a malevolent...


SciFi projects Taking Earth and Teleios bound to Berlin with Empress Road

Empress Road Pictures President, Galen Christy, and CEO, Faisal Toor, announced today a deal to sell World Wide distribution rights for the sci-fi features TAKING EARTH and TELEIOS at Berlinale. Empress Road will be selling the films at EFM'16 from February 11 to the 19th.   TAKING EARTH is a science-fiction/action epic filmed on location in South Africa. It was directed by up-and-comer Grant Humphreys and stars Ronan Quarmby.   TAKING EARTH follows the human race being thrown ...

Brian O'Shea, CEO of The Exchange, has announced a deal to sell worldwide rights to OFFICE UPRISING.

  Brenton Thwaites (MALEFICENT, PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MEN TELL NO TALES, THE GIVER) has been cast in the picture which the Exchange will be selling at Berlinale and EFM'16, February 11 - 19, 2016.   OFFICE UPRISING tells the story inside one of the worlds leading arms manufacturers where a substance is slipped into the employees' drinks by the board of directors that supposedly makes them work more efficiently. Due to a slacker within the company though, they are fe...

Fundamental Films and Company Films Tap Harald Zwart to Direct 'RALLY CAR' Starring Keanu Reeves

Leading Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films and Company Films announced that Harald Zwart (The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, The Karate Kid) will direct their upcoming action film, Rally Car, (working title) starring Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix Trilogy). Jeremy Lott (Spy Kids) has penned the script which is based on a treatment by Stephen Hamel. Reeves and Hamel will produce under their Company Films banner along with Fundamental Films Chairman Mark Gao an...

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Documentaries in all sections of Berlinale - Full line up

In Focus: Diverse Documentary Forms and Events   The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to documentaries in their diverse forms. This is reflected in the programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections and initiatives, as well as in the European Film Market (EFM) and Berlinale Talents. In 2016, a total of 77 documentaries will be screening in a variety of forms. In addition, discussion of a wide range of different aspects related to documentaries will be ...

Cleverman The thrilling new high-stakes genre drama series to screen at Drama Series Days

The thrilling new high-stakes genre drama for ABC TV Australia and SundanceTV US.   Set in the near future, a species from ancient mythology must live amongst humans and battle for survival in a world that wants to silence, exploit and destroy them.   At the heart of the story are two estranged brothers, Koen and Waruu West, who are forced together to fight against terrifying enemies - both human and not of this world. But can Koen, a man bestowed with a powerful g...

Recreation Media Sales @ EFM

 All Mistakes Buried 2016 | USA | 90 MIN Genre Thriller Status Completed Director TIM MCCANN Writers TIM MCCANN, SHAUN S. SANGHANI Producers SHAUN S. SANHANI Cast VANESSA FERLITO, SAM TRAMMELL U.S. Distributor BREAKING GLASS PICTURES A lone, struggling addict takes on a dangerous underground criminal ring in his small Southern town to retrieve a stolen pe...

House of Film brings to EFM Children's series that went viral

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EFM'16: K-SHop for UK

K-SHOPthe Sweeney Todd inspired kebab shop elevated horror is set to be released in July by Bulldog Film Distributors and sold worldwide by EMPRESS ROAD PICTURES.   A debut for writer and director DAN PRINGLE the controversial film sees binge drinking culture clash with a vigilante kebab shop owner played by ZIAD ABAZA.   Produced by White Lantern Film and shot entirely in UK, the Sweeney Todd inspired horror/thriller follows the story of a kebab shop owner's son who turns vigi...

The Yellow Affair new Titles @ EFM

NEW RELEASES THE YARD (Berlinale Forum) A single father and peripheral poet loses his job as a literary critic when he reviews his own book. With no formal education, he ends up at a car trans-shipment hub. He becomes an outcast, a nameless stranger with a five-digit number. Personal morals are pitted against the demands of fatherhood in an escalating conflict that is ultimately resolved by a lie.     ...

The Solution Entertainment Group will represent international rights to Frank Hudec’s THE SLEEPING SHEPHERD

The Solution Entertainment Group will represent international rights to Frank Hudec’s THE SLEEPING SHEPHERD, who wrote and will direct the feature film. The film stars Michael Pitt (FUNNY GAMES, HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’), Imogen Poots (upcoming KNIGHT OF CUPS, GREEN ROOM, FRANK AND LOLA), Isabelle Huppert (THE PIANO TEACHER, AMOUR) and Willem Dafoe (upcoming THE GREAT WALL, THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS) it was announced today by The Solution Entertai...

BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH World Premiere Film / Forum Section

BARAKAH YOQABIL BARAKAH (BARAKAH MEETS BARAKAH)   A Film by Mahmoud Sabbagh Starring: Hisham Fageeh and Fatima Al Banawi     Media Opportunities Mahmoud Sabbagh, Hisham Fageeh, and Fatima Al Banawi Friday, 12 February  - Monday, 15 February   Festival Screenings *World Premiere* - Friday, 12 February at 21:30 - Delphi Saturday, 13 February at 22:00 - CineStar 8 *P&I* Sunday, 14 February at 14:00 - CinemaxX 6 Monday, 15 February at 19:30 - Zoo-Palast ...

FILMS BOUTIQUE at the BERLINALE - line-up & screening schedule

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Hotel Dallas at the International Film Festival Berlin 2016

Hotel Dallas (Romania/USA, 2016), the film debut of Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, will screen in the Panorama Documents section of this year’s Berlinale. The film will celebrate its world premiere on February 15th at 5:30 pm in Cinestar 7.   Directors: Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang Cast: Patrick Duffy, Livia Ungur, Sherng-Lee Huang, and others Romania / USA, 2016, 75 min SCREENING DATES WORLD PREMIERE / press screening: Monday, February 15th at 5:30 pm, Cinestar ...

Palatin Media at EFM

  Film showing at EFM DECOMPRESSION - A psychological thriller based on the best-selling novel by Juli Zeh. MARTIN WALKER´S BRUNO, CHEF DE POLICE - We are very ha...

World Premiere at Berlinale: Aslı Özge's ALL OF A SUDDEN in Panorama Special

A film by Aslı Özge produced by EEE Productions (DE), Topkapi Films (NL), Haut et Court (FR) world sales Memento Films International year of production: 2016, 112 minutes   The feature film ALL OF A SUDDEN by director Aslı Özge will celebrate its world premiere in the Panorama Special section of the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. Born and raised in Istanbul, and since 2000 also Berlin-based, director Aslı Özge has crafted her first Ger...

Cargo Film at Berlin 66/ WW II HBO Film Screening

  UNDERFIRE The Untold Story of Pfc. Tony Vaccaro An HBO Film. Trailer.   Executive Produced by Tim Van Patten (Game of Thrones, Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire)   In 1943, Tony Vaccaro, a WWII Italian-American infantryman, smuggled his $47 portable camera into combat, and, in thousands of images, created the most comprehensive and intimate record of war. Shooting with gun and camera at great risk, Tony developed photos in combat helmets at night and hung negatives from tree ...

Berlinale Goes Kiez - Neighbourhood Cinemas Get the Red Carpet Treatment

For the seventh year running, the special series Berlinale Goes Kiez will roll through a variety of Berlin’s independent cinemas on seven festival evenings and roll out the red carpet on neighbourhood sidewalks, not only to welcome local and international guests but also to honour the cinemas themselves along with their faithful audience.   From February 13 to 19 2016, one independent neighbourhood cinema per evening will be featured as an additional festival venue and present sel...

Berlinale Camera 2016 to Honour Ben Barenholtz, Tim Robbins and Marlies Kirchner

  Since 1986 the Berlin International Film Festival has presented the Berlinale Camera to film personalities or institutions to which it feels particularly indebted and wishes to express its thanks.   At the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, three personalities will be awarded the Berlinale Camera: producer, cinema operator and film distributor Ben Barenholtz (USA); actor, director, writer and producer Tim Robbins (USA); and cinema operator Marlies Kirchner (Germany). &nbs...

Berlinale to pay tribute to David Bowie, Alan Rickman and Ettore Scola

  The Berlin International Film Festival will commemorate these outstanding artists by presenting three special screenings in their honour.   British music legend and artist David Bowie was one of most extraordinary all-round talents of recent decades. His close ties to Berlin go back to the time he spent in the German capital from 1976 to 1978. At the Berlinale he appeared in the documentaries Lou Reed: Rock and Roll Heart (D: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Panorama 1998), Scott Wal...

Jury for the Best First Feature Award

Since 2006, when it introduced the Best First Feature Award, the Berlinale has been even more committed to supporting the next generation of film makers. The award is endowed with 50,000 Euros, donated by the GWFF (Gesellschaft zur Wahrnehmung von Film- und Fernsehrecht), a society dedicated to safeguarding film and television rights. The prize money is to be split between the producer and the director of the winning film. Additionally, the director will be awarded with a high-quality viewf...

10th Culinary Make (good) Food Not War

  The chefs 2016 (clockwise): Sonja Frühsammer (© Frühsammer), Michael Kempf, Alexander Dressel (© Jeunes Restaurateurs), Andoni Luis Aduriz (© Alex Iturralde), Sven Elverfeld (© Götz Wrage) “Make Food Not War” is the motto of the 10th Culinary Cinema, which will be held from February 14 to 19, 2016. “War is not an appropriate means for solving problems such as racism, poverty or climate change. The ...

We have a jury for Berlinale 2016, headed by Merryl Streep

With actress Meryl Streep serving as Jury President  the International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2016 Berlinale Competition. The other members of the International Jury will be actor Lars Eidinger (Germany), film critic Nick James (United Kingdom), photographer Brigitte Lacombe (France), actor Clive Owen (United Kingdom), actress Alba Rohrwacher (Italy) and director Małgorzata Szumowska (Poland). Meryl Streep, Jury President, USA &nbs...

Child abduction thriller ‘Never Let Go’ grabs buyers and National Film Awards!

Since the trailer for Howard J Ford’s (Director/Co-Writer of the US number 1 genre hit ‘The Dead’)  ‘Never Let Go’ was unveiled at last year’s Berlinale, it achieved substantial buyer interest leading up to the completed film’s Cannes preview where it was hailed by one critic as ‘the most gripping film of the festival’ and has since sold in 18 countries with TV dub’s underway in 7 languages. No...


Acort International proudly presents "AUSTRALIENS", a Sci-Fi/Comedy feature length film. Worldwide Rights are now available - for more information and an online screener, please contact Rebecca Dornburg:   ...

His Holiness Pope Francis To Appear In Family Feature Film "Beyond The Sun" From AMBI Pictures

  A “first” in both cinema and Catholic Church history will be made as the leader of the worldwide Catholic Church, His Holiness Pope Francis will play himself in the family film “Beyond the Sun” from AMBI Pictures.   In his feature film debut (and film debut for any Pope in the history of the Church), His Holiness Pope Francis portrays himself in the inspirational story based on the Gospels, told in several tales with Jesus’s message, so children c...

World Premiere at Berlinale: Jules Herrmann's LIEBMANN in Perspektive Deutsches Kino

The feature film LIEBMANN by female director Jules Herrmann will celebrate its world premiere in the section Perspektive Deutsches Kino of the upcoming Berlin International Film Festival. The Berlin-based director Jules Herrmann has realized her feature debut LIEBMANN in French language as a creative adventure and has found a truly unique way of visual storytelling. To leave the ghosts of the past behind, Antek Liebmann travels to the light-flooded northern part of France, where he eventually mu...

Music of Strangers: Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble

          THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS: YO-YO MA AND THE SILK ROAD ENSEMBLE   Berlinale Special “The intersection of cultures is where new things emerge.”    Yo-Yo Ma, cellist and founder of the Silk Road Ensemble directed by Morgan Neville Produced by Tremolo Productions in association with Participant Media and The Silk Road Project, USA 2015, 96 min   From the director of the Oscar®-winning documentary 20 Feet from...

RIVERSTONE PICTURES has closed financing on Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT

RIVERSTONE PICTURES has closed financing on Stanley Tucci’s FINAL PORTRAIT, with principal photography due to start this month. Starring Geoffrey Rush and Armie Hammer, the film focuses on a period towards the end of the life of artist Giacometti and is a Potboiler production. Gail Egan produces for Potboiler alongside Nik Bower for Riverstone Pictures and Ilann Girard.  Deepak Nayar serves as Executive Producer and the film is produced in association with Olive Productions, Lowsun Pr...

Two New Titles for Berlin from Premiere Entertainment

  BEYOND REDEMPTION  GENRE:  Action   DIRECTOR:  Bruce Fontaine   PRODUCERS:  Bruce Fontaine   CAST:  Brian Ho (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Peter Chao (Grave Encounters 2), Eddie Ko (The Martian)   SYNOPSIS:  A weary undercover cop must maintain his cover whi...



RETURNING HOME by Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken   NORWAY, 2015 // COMING OF AGE DRAMA // 73min // COMPLETED // MARKET DEBUT   Nordic Film Days Lübeck: NDR Prize (Main Award)   With: Åsmund HØEG (Sons of Norway, All That Matters Is Past), Fredrik GRØNDAHL (Troubled Water, Into the Dark), Ingar Helge GIMLE (Cross My Heart And Hope To Die), Lia BOYSEN (The Last Sentence, Search).   Two young brothers are forced to track down t...


Coen Brothers at Film Forum "You betcha!"

Film Forum hosts a retrospective of the Coen Brothers' complete filmography this week, culminating with a sneak preview of their latest Hail, Caesar! ahead of its Berlinale 2016 opening-night premiere. From 1984's Blood Simple to 2013's Inside Llewyn Davis, Joel and Ethan Coen have achieved...

Berlinale WORLD PREMIERE: The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

  The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger Ways of Listening | Spring | A Song for Politics | Harvest Runtime: 90mins WORLD PREMIERE at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival on Saturday 13th February 2016, at 3pm at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele, followed by Q&A session with all the main collaborators. THE SEASONS IN QUINCY is the result o...

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THE CARER will have its offical market premiere at EFM

The final edit of 'THE CARER' will have its offical market premiere at EFM in February (screening times below). The film, which stars Brian Cox, Emilia Fox, Anna Chancellor, Coco König (and special appearance by Roger Moore) had a successful festival opening at this years Palm Springs IFF, where it was chosen as one of the 10 best of fest. CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER  EFM MARKET SCREENINGS Thursday, Feb 11, 12.15 at CinemaxX 12 Sunday, Feb 14, 9.30AM at CinemaxX 14 Syn...

Berlin Critics´ Week 2016 - First Films in Programme

The film programme of the 2nd Berlin Critics’ Week is completed. As an additional world premiere we present the new production of directors Marita Neher und Tatjana Turanskyj. The latest works of Andrzej Żuławski, Pablo Agüero and Isiah Medina complement the previously announced films. Denis Côté, Zahra Vargas and Apichatpong Weerasethakul are included with short films. The Federal Agency for Civic Education (Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung/bpb) supports us...

Berlinale Talents 2016 brings a roster of brilliant experts

Berlinale Talents 2016: Michael Ballhaus, Denis Côté, Jonathan Glazer, Alex McDowell, Tomm Moore, Molly M. Stensgaard, Jim Rakete, Meryl Streep and Thomas Vinterberg among the experts For the First Time More than 100 Talents Alumni with Films at the Berlinale Under the theme “The Nature of Relations”, the 14th edition focuses on the inner and outer relations in the interconnected cinematic world and examines the tools for sharing knowledge and experience amongs...

30. TEDDY AWARD – The International Jury

The jury of the 30th TEDDY AWARD, which will take place on February 19th in the STATION-Berlin. Nine renowned film makers and festival organisers will choose the laureates from the queer films of the Berlinale in the categories best film, best documentary/essay film and best short. Furthermore, they will award the TEDDY Jury Award. Augustas Cicelis comes from Vilnius, Lithuania, and is the Director and Programmer of Vilnius LGBT* Festival “Kreives”. He has been involved in LGBT* a...

Dutch Features secures rights to acclaimed European feature debut You Carry Me

  Dutch Features Global Entertainment (DFGE) has secured the rights to festival favorite You Carry Me, the official Montenegrin entry for the 88th Academy Awards®, and returns to Berlinale’s European Film market 2016 to commence world wide sales for this critically acclaimed film. The award-winning film with female-driven story, received international rave reviews and was nicknamed the European cousin of Paul Haggis’ Crash. Filmmaker Ivona Juka’s feature film debut...

New films from ITN at EFM 2016

  NATURAL SELECTION 110 min. HD. 2016. Complete.  Cast:  Katherine McNamara (IMDB #12, Star of ABC Family's and NetFlix's Shadowhunters, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials), Anthony Michael Hall  (Netflix's War Machine with Brad Pitt, The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher),  Catherine Missal (Vacation), Amy Carlson (CBS' Blue Bloods, Law & Order), Mason Dye (Lifetime's Flowers in ...

EFM Industry Debates 2016

EFM Industry Debates 2016: Producers as Entrepreneurs, the Boom in High-end TV Series in Europe, and Korea’s Growing Influence on South East Asian Cinema   Now in its tenth year, the EFM Industry Debates is again focussing - in three panel discussions with top experts - on current issues in the film and media industry. The debates are being presented for the fifth time by the IFA, the leading global trade show for consumer electronics and home appliances, and official partner of t...

International Forum of New Cinema gives Inertia International Premiere

Claudia Landsberger, Baseworx For Film and Timothy O'Brien, Oration Films are proud to be partnering to represent Idan Haguel's first feature Inertia in the Berlinale Forum. Taking place by the shores of the Mediterranean, Inertia is a deadpan surrealist and blackly comic examination of a woman's identity crisis - utterly modern yet timeless in it's exploration of the impact of dreams and desires.    Synopsis: Mira is a woman trapped in a dull life - alienated ...

Arclight Films – EFM 2016 Screening Schedule


SOY NERO by Rafi Pitts in Competition at Berlinale

    Rafi Pitts' new feature film SOY NERO will celebrate its world premiere in Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2016. SOY NERO marks Rafi Pitts' third time in Competition at the Berlin International Film Festival. In 2006 his film IT'S WINTER was selected for Official Competition and in 2010 he attended the Berlin International Film Festival with THE HUNTER in Competition again.   Synopsis: Nero is running in the desert. He is trying to es...

K5 line-up @ EFM

New Title     Paterson   A wry comedy which chronicles the challenges of work and love and observes the quiet triumphs and defeats of daily life, and the poetry evident in its smallest details. Genre Comedy Director/Writer Jim Jarmusch Cast Adam Driver Golshifteh Farahani ...

The Yellow Affair @ EFM

Miira Paasilinna and Chris Howard of The Yellow Affair will be attending EFM this year   NEW RELEASES THE YARD (Berlinale Forum) A single father and peripheral poet loses his job as a literary critic when he reviews his own book. With no formal education, he ends up at a car trans-shipment hub. He becomes an outcast, a nameless stranger with a five-digit number. Personal morals are pitted against the demands of fatherhood in an escalating conflict that is ultima...

Watch out for our reviews of Berlinale Classics by Alex Deleon

The Road Back von / by James Whale. Quelle / Source: NBC Universal Archives & Collections © Universal Pictures  The Berlinale Classics series of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival will present premieres of six films, two German and four international productions, five of them world premieres. Heiner Carow’s semi-autobiographical film Die Russen kommen (The Russians are Coming, GDR, 1968) is set in the waning days of World War II. For 16-y...

‘THE MINE’ to feature @ EFM

THE MINE, a pacey probing story with heavy topical relevance, is set for its market premiere at this year’s EFM. The film has a stellar Finnish cast and is beautifully shot in the exotic north of Finland. THE MINE is also selected for the Dragon Awards Competition in Gothenburg.           CLICK HERE FOR TRAILER THE MINE, an env...

"Attack of the Lederhosenzombies" @ EFM 2016!

check out  "Attack of the Lederhosenzombies”! Our long-awaited Alpine zombie flick will be screened at the EFM: Tuesday Feb. 16th at 12:45, CinemaxX Studio 19 Don’t hesitate to contact a meeting with our Sales Manager, Yannick Rudynski:   For Festivals contact our Festival Manager, Octavia Peyrou: EastWest Filmdistribution will be attending the EFM at booth ...

European Film Market 2016 – new edition of the successful “EFM Startups” platform showcases European innovation

  The latest edition of “EFM Startups” will be held on February 15 and 16, as part of the European Film Market (Feb 11–19, 2016). The joint initiative of the EFM, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg and Startup Germany e.V. was launched to great success in 2015.   The call for participation went out Europe-wide for the first time in 2016. Ten selected startups from Berlin, Norway, Ireland, Finland, the Netherlands and Belgium will i...

Premiere Ent. @ EFM

  CURRENT TITLES     FALL GUY   GENRE:  Action   DIRECTOR:  Kevin Carraway   PRODUCERS:  Angelica Montesano   CAST:  Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Paz Vega (Grace of Monaco)   SYNOPSIS:  A cab driver with a gambling debt accepts a job to transport a valuable briefcase, and gets in over his head whe...


FANTASTIC FILMS INTERNATIONAL invites you to email us for a EFM 2016 meeting. Let us know your preferred date and time (from Feb. 10th- 16th), so we can introduce you to our Fantastic NEW titles: THE BROKEN KEY (with additional name cast and new trailer); DEX HAMILTON AND THE DOOMSDAY SWARM; LUGGY; AROUND THE WORLD ON A FLYING WINDMILL; THE CUSHION; BIGI AND FRIENDS (TV series).  We will also introduce a number of other new titles at the market. A...

‘THE YARD’ to feature at Berlinale

THE YARD, a compelling Swedish drama about a fallen poet lost in the mundane world of unskilled work, is to feature at this year’s Berlinale in the Forum Section (see screenings below). This follows its selection as opening film in Gothenburg (selected in the Dragon Awards Competition).    The Yellow Affair     A single father and peripheral poet loses his job as a literary critic when he revi...

Doc drama Putin Forever @ EFM

PUTIN FOREVER? ORIGINAL TITLE: PUTIN NAVSEGDA? 2016, DCP, 93 min., Russian CATEGORY: Documentary  COUNTRY: Russia  PRODUCTION : Independent documentary project BUDGET : $2 000 CREW Director : Kirill Nenashev Screenplay : Kirill Nenashev Cinematographer : Kirill Nenashev Producers : Maria MuskevichThe day before Vladimir Putin’s inauguration, a march takes place on Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square – a protest...

Screen Media @ EFM - 2016

Screen Media @ EFM - 2016 THE ASIAN CONNECTION  (Complete) 2015 - Action/Thriller Director: Daniel Zirilli Cast: Steven Seagal, Michael Jai White   Two American expatriates, Jack and Sam, unwittingly steal a drug lord's money when they rob a series of banks in Southeast Asia and become the target of the gang'...

Generation 2016: Opening Films, Juries and Special Screening The Diary of Anne Frank

Opening Films: Dreamy Girls and Women Power The competition Generation 14plus will celebrate its opening with the international premiere of the Australian production Girl Asleep, from Rosemary Myers. The director will present her film on February 12 at 7.30 pm at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt (HKW), together with the film’s female lead. Bethany Whitmore plays the role of Greta in the film, a young woman who takes a deep dive into a bizarre and dangerous dream world full of odd creature...

Berlinale Special Series 2016

Anders Hove, Esben Dalgaard, Stine Schrøder Jensen, Katrine Greis-Rosenthal, Peter Plaugborg, Hanne Uldal und Maria Rossing in Splitting Up Together Brand-new series from Denmark, Britain, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and the US will round off the Berlinale Special programme at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. This year’s selection once again provides a good look at the creativity and variety of forms evident in series production.       &nbs...

Communal Experiences – Initiatives for Refugees during the Berlinale

When the Berlin International Film Festival was launched 66 years ago, there were millions of German refugees and traumatised displaced persons in Europe. The festival made a point of fostering understanding, tolerance and acceptance. Since then, it has always been responsive to current events in society – not only with the film programme, but also with many complementary activities.   Last year 79,034 people sought refuge in the German capital (source: Berlin Senate department of...

Forum 2016: Special Screenings

    I Am Sion Sono!! von Sion Sono, Japan 1984 The Forum now completes its programme with a series of Special Screenings that run the gamut between a monumental travelogue, newly unearthed film historical gems and works that grapple with both cinema and its history.    Artist Ulrike Ottinger embarked on a journey from Alaska via Chukchi to Kamchatka on the trail of Adelbert von Chamisso, James Cook and other early world explorers. Like her predecessors, s...

“Books at Berlinale”: Eleven New Novels in Search of Film Producers

  At “Books at Berlinale” on February 16, film producers will be able to discover eleven new literary works with outstanding potential for adaptation to the big screen. The selected novels will be presented in a pitching session at the Berlinale Co-Production Market. At the get-together following the pitch, invited producers will have the opportunity to get to know the rights holders – respected, internationally active representatives of publishing houses and literary age...

Berlinale: Panorama 2016 Complete:

Indignation / Panorama 2016 USA 2015 DIRECTOR: James Schamus Logan Lerman, Sarah Gadon © Winesburg Productions, LLC.     Opening Films of Main Programme and Panorama Dokumente, Strong Showing from Latin America, and Films from Korea and China   The selection for this year’s Panorama is now complete: 51 films from 33 countries have been picked, of which 17 w...

Forum Expanded Berlinale 2016 – The Programme is Complete

Muito Romântico / Forum Expanded 2016 DEU/BRA 2016 DIRECTOR: Melissa Dullius, Gustavo Jahn © Distruktur   The Forum Expanded team has now finished the selection process for this year’s programme. 49 artistic works have been invited, including 32 films of different lengths, 15 installations, one lecture performance and a reading. The exhibition at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg will open on February 10 already, one day before the Be...

Chi Raq by Spike Lee joins the Berlinale 2016 Competition

Chi Raq by Spike Lee joins the competition The Competition of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival is now complete. 18 of the 23 films in the Competition programme will be vying for the Golden and Silver Bears (see also press releases from December 4 and 11, 2015, and January 11, 2016). 19 films are world premieres.   The following countries are participating in the entire programme: Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Mexico, the Neth...

“CoPro Series”: Seven international series projects to pitch at the Berlinale Co-Production Market

On February 16, the Berlinale Co-Production Market is hosting the second edition of its exclusive “CoPro Series” event: seven selected series projects will be looking for co-production and financing partners. Among the selection are The Illegal from Canada, a dystopian story by author and director Clement Virgo (The Book Of Negroes) and the Danish miniseries Lucky Per, which will be directed by Academy Award winner Bille August (Night Train To Lisbon). These are joined by the German ...

NATIVe – A Journey into Indigenous Cinema: out of the Amazon onto the Perennial Ice

With mixed feelings this year’s NATIVe is saying goodbye to last year’s focus on Latin American and welcoming in the Arctic as next year’s geographical focus. In the 2016 NATIVe programme, which will bridge the gap between the two editions, one film will represent each of these regions. They will provide the impetus to carry on the journey into the far north. “Indigenous peoples’ traditional knowledge of nature and their observations of dramatic changes in the ...

Forum 2016: Making Experience Tangible

Akher ayam el madina | In the Last Days of the City Forum 2016 EGY/DEU/GBR/ARE 2016 / DIRECTOR: Tamer El Said Khalid Abdalla © Zero Production The 46th Berlinale Forum will show a total of 44 films in its main programme, of which 34 are world premieres and nine international premieres. This year’s Special Screenings will be announced in an additional press release.   One regional focus of this year’s programme is the Arab region. Films sho...

Berlinale Special 2016

Berlinale Special is part of the official programme and presents recent works by contemporary filmmakers, biopics of renowned personalities as well as extraordinary formats.   Gala screenings will be held at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with many prominent guests expected to attend.   The presentations at the Haus der Berliner Festspiele will again include moderated discussions with the filmmakers after the screenings.    This year eight films have been invited to partic...

Teddy is 30! Berlinale' OFFICIAL Queer Award celebrates shorts, docs & features

    30 years of Teddy The only official LGBTIQ (in short, queer) film prize at an A-festival in the world is celebrating its 30th anniversary: the Teddy Award. An offshoot of the Panorama, the prize has been awarded since 1987 in the categories Short Film, Documentary and Feature to works relevant to queer culture. Eligible every year are films from all of the Berlinale sections. Meanwhile, the award has achieved international signific...

Berlinale Generation 14Kplus MELLOW MUD by Renārs Vimba

 110 min, Latvia, color, 2016, Latvian with English subtitles, world premiere Director Renārs Vimba and actress Elīna Vaska (above) are available for interviews In his strong debut feature MELLOW MUD, Latvian director Renārs Vimba carefully handles the delicate theme of coming-of-age of a teenage girl. Living in the muddy fields of the Latvian countryside with her grandmother and her younger brother Robis, Raya (17) faces the bittersweet pleasure of fir...




MK2 Acquires Isabelle Huppert, Gerard Depardieu’s ‘Mrs. Hyde’

Mrs. Hyde a film by Serge Bozon Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Gérard Depardieu, Romain Duris Black comedy – France – French Mrs. Géquil is an eccentric teacher despised by her colleagues and students. On a stormy night, she is struck by lightning and faints. When she wakes up, she feels decidedly different... Now will M...

Asian entertainment company Huanxi will invest $50 million in MUBI

Curated streaming video on demand service MUBI forms Joint Venture (“MUBI China”) with Asian film producer Dong Ping’s Huanxi Media Group Limited (“Huanxi”), to launch the popular video streaming model in China this year.   The prominent Asian entertainment company Huanxi will invest $50 million in MUBI, with a view to launching the curated video on demand service across China in 2016.   Following a highly successful 2015 for MUBI, with global partners...

Premiere Entertainment line up at EFM 2016

Premiere Entertainment will be attending Berlinale next month and would like to meet with you.  Our initial lineup is below. CURRENT TITLES   FALL GUY   GENRE:  Action   DIRECTOR:  Kevin Carraway   PRODUCERS:  Angelica Montesano   CAST:  Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Dermot Mulroney (My Best Friend's Wedding)   SYNOPSIS:  A cab driver with a gambling debt accepts a job to transport a valuable briefc...

Cardinal XD line up @ EFM

SEE YOU IN VALHALLA   Starring:  Sarah Hyland, Steve Howay, Odeya Rush, Bret Harrison   After the bizarre death of her brother, Johana Burwood must return home after four years to face her quirky family, including her estranged dad, her two competitive brothers and various significant others. The family is uncomfortable with each other at first, and their inner turmoil manifests itself in quarrels and outright fights. Johana is forced to face some secrets from h...


Hotel Dallas will celebrate its world premiere at the 66th International Film Festival Berlin 2016

Hotel Dallas (Romania/USA, 2016), the film debut of Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang, will screen in the Panorama Documents section of this year’s Berlinale. Playfully mixing fiction and documentary, the filmmakers explore the influence of a TV show on a society in upheaval. The film takes Patrick Duffy, star of the American TV series Dallas, on a magical mystery tour of Romania, from the communist 80s into the present.    Directors: Livia Ungur and Sherng-Lee Huang Cast: Pa...

EastWest new films @ EFM 2016!

    EastWest Filmdistribution is getting ready for Berlin! Check out latest acquisitions that will be screened at the EFM '16          Attack of the Lederhosenzombies by Dominik Hartl   2015, Austria; Zombie, Comedy; 77 minutes Original Language: English Cast & Credits     Headline for synopsis   The snowboarders Steve, Branka and Joschi are left be...

The German SHOOTING STAR Jella Haase

Photo Jella Haase: © Debora Brune This morning, the European Film Promotion (EFP) announced the names of the 10 young European acting talents who are to be honored as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2016 at the Berlinale. The German actress Jella Haase was selected as one of Europe's best talents. The EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2016 were chosen in Hamburg by an international expert jury which included the German film critic Tobias Kniebe among its m...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino - Coming of Age and the Fear of the Future

Oktay Inanç Özdemir und / and Hussein Eliraqui in Meteorstraße / Meteor Street von / by Aline Fischer © Maurice Wilkerling Leuchtstoff Project Meteorstraße to Open the Programme   With twelve films, including eight full-length films as well as four medium-long fiction and documentary films, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2016 is now complete (see press release from Dec 21, 2015). The programme will open with the fiction film Meteorstraße (Meteor...

Berlinale 2016 10th Culinary Cinema: Make Food Not War

“Make Food Not War” is the motto of the 10th Culinary Cinema, which will be held from February 14 to 19, 2016.   “War is not an appropriate means for solving problems such as racism, poverty or climate change. The cuisines of the world are better suited to this task. Food connects people and hospitality contributes to international understanding,” says Festival Director Dieter Kosslick about the slogan.   The programme of the 10th Culinary Cinema will presen...

Berlinale Classics: Presenting six newly-restored films from Germany, Japan, Taiwan and the USA

The Road Back von / by James Whale. Quelle / Source: NBC Universal Archives & Collections © Universal Pictures  The Berlinale Classics series of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival will present premieres of six films, two German and four international productions, five of them world premieres. Heiner Carow’s semi-autobiographical film Die Russen kommen (The Russians are Coming, GDR, 1968) is set in the waning days of World War II. For 16-year-old Günter Wal...

Generation 2016: Never Underestimate the Creative Power of Youth

Shea Glover in Crystal Lake von / by Jennifer Reeder  © Jennifer Reeder      “Young people world-wide are constantly confronted by dystopic realities not of their own making,” says Maryanne Redpath, Head of Generation. “In the diverse films of this year’s programme we see them taking matters into their own hands.”   The selected films shed light on and challenge the nature of contradictions such as being child-like and being an adu...

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Berlinale Shorts 2016 – a cinematic essay

Dang Tuan Anh, Vu Do Quang Minh, Khong Viet Bach, Hoang Ha, Nguyen Bui Khanh Trung, Vu Duc Hanh in Another City von Pham Ngoc Lan 25 films from 21 countries compete for the Golden and the Silver Bear, the Nominee for the European Film Awards and, for the second consecutive year, the Audi Short Film Award worth € 20,000. Los murmullos, from 1976, will be shown out of competition. The short film jury is comprised of the curator and director of the Sharjah Biennial in the United Arab Emi...

Berlinale Co-Production Market Matches 36 New Feature Film Projects with International Co-Production Partners

At the 13th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market (February 14 to 16, 2016), a select group of 36 new feature film projects from 29 different countries will be able to forge international co-production and financing partnerships. In addition, five renowned companies will be presented in the scope of the market’s exclusive company matching programme.   During the three-day event, producers have the chance to meet, in pre-arranged one-on-one meetings, interested potential part...

Panorama Special Opening Films, Christine Vachon to Receive Special Teddy Award and Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland

Alan Sabbagh in El rey del once / The Tenth Man von / by Daniel Burman © Alejandra Lopez With 30 films confirmed to date, of which 24 are fictional and six will run in Panorama Dokumente, two-thirds of this year’s Panorama has now been announced. An extra seventeen works will screen in the Teddy30 anniversary programme (see press release from 17.12.2015). The entire programme will be finalised in the coming days.   The Panorama Special will open on Friday, February 12, at...

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Berlinale Talents: The Best in Their Fields - 300 Talents Invited

For the 14th edition, Berlinale Talents welcomes 300 emerging film and drama series professionals from 79 countries. The Talents take part in a six-day programme featuring over 100 events, with many open to the public. Berlinale Jury President Meryl Streep has confirmed her attendance. The three-time Academy Award winner will be one of around 150 internationally renowned experts holding masterclasses and workshops. Berlinale Talents takes place at the HAU Hebbel am Ufer, February 13 - 18, 2016...

9 films have been added to Berlinale of 15 to be continued

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad! / A Dragon Arrives! von / by Mani Haghighi © Abbas Kosari   15 films have now been selected for the Competition of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. Besides the six titles already announced, another nine films have been invited to the Competition. To date, the selection includes productions from the following countries: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland,...

Traversing the Phantasm – The 11th Forum Expanded @ Berlinale 2016

  Al Marhala Al Rabiaa / The Fourth Stage © Ahmad Ghossein  The selection process for the 11th Forum Expanded programme is nearly complete. Film and video works of different lengths will once again be screened at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg and the Arsenal cinema at Potsdamer Platz. The group exhibition of additional film works will take place again in the three halls of the Akademie der Künste. The Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embass...

World Cinema Fund upcoming deadines

WORLD CINEMA FUND   Deadlines    Production funding: February 25, 2016 and mid-July, 2016 Applications for distribution funding support can be submitted continually.     A selection of funded projects Together with the Federal Foundation for Culture and in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, the Foreign Ministry and German producers, the World C...


Al Marhala Al Rabiaa (The Fourth Stage) by Ahmad Ghossein The selection process for the 11th Forum Expanded programme is nearly complete. Film and video works of different lengths will once again be screened at the Akademie der Künste on Hanseatenweg and the Arsenal cinema at Potsdamer Platz. The group exhibition of additional film works will take place again in the three halls of the Akademie der Künste. The Marshall McLuhan Salon of the Embassy of Canada and silent green Kult...

Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2016 Against Clear Causality: Making the Invisible Visible

The first six films have now been invited to Perspektive Deutsches Kino’s small anniversary in 2016. “Fifteen years ago, when Festival Director Dieter Kosslick took office, the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section was launched for films by German newcomers,” head Linda Söffker says on the occasion of presenting this year’s selection. “Here is where they can get first recognition for what has often been a difficult quest for a unique narrative style. This is...

Berlinale Bear Poster 2016 Revealed

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 11 to 21, 2016, but starting in January the Berlinale posters will be displayed at Potsdamer Platz and across the city to set the mood for the festival. Together with the artists of the international film world, the bear is conquering the Berlin cityscape. The six poster designs feature the fleeting encounters of individual night owls with the bear in the city, captured photographically - fixed between reality and ficti...

Generation 2016: First Films Announced

13 feature films produced or co-produced in 13 different countries (Australia, Chile, Germany, India, New Zealand, the Netherlands, Poland, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Turkey and the People’s Republic of China) have already been selected to participate in competition in Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus. The full programme for Generation will be announced in mid January. The films selected thus far feature young individuals whose inner li...

Berlinale 2016: Panorama Celebrates Teddy Award’s 30th Anniversary and Announces First Titles in Programme

    With one quarter of the Panorama decided, a zeitgeisty picture emerges that has all the elements needed for a great programme: star entertainment combined with relevant themes, insights, and deliberations on the ethical and moral aspects of contemporary issues. Also included are explorations into the history of the Middle East, and excursions to Africa, Europe and the USA. In the viewings that are still underway in Berlin, further topics are reflected that confirm the present foc...

European Film Market (EFM) 2016 already sold out / New EFM offerings

As the first film market of the year, the European Film Market (EFM), part of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival, will open its doors on February 11, 2016. The exhibition spaces at Martin-Gropius-Bau and the Marriott Hotel at Potsdamer Platz are already fully booked. In 2016, more than 8,000 producers, exhibitors, world sales, buyers and financiers are expected. The EFM is one of the most significant platforms for trade in international film rights and audiovis...

Berlinale Street Food returns

Dieter Kosslick visiting the Berlinale Street Food Market  Once more the 66th Berlinale wants to whet your appetite: also for good food. For the third year the Berlinale Street Food Market will provide festival visitors with a selection of slow food treats from around the world. The food trucks will again be set up on Joseph-von-Eichendorff-Gasse at the corner of Alte Potsdamer Straße - so to speak, at the heart of the festival.   “With ‘food on wheels’ in ...

Berlinale Shorts – International Short Film Jury 2016

The members of the Berlinale Shorts International Jury are three filmmakers and artists whose works are committed to the short film format. The Jury will award the Golden and the Silver Bear, as well as the Audi Short Film Award. It will also nominate a short film for the European Film Awards in the category Best Short Film. The prize winners of 2016 will be chosen by Sheikha Hoor Al-Qasimi (curator, director of the Sharjah Art Foundation), Katerina Gregos (curator, art historian) and Avi M...


Hail, Caesar! directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, to open the 66th Berlinale

  On 11 February 2016, Hail, Caesar! by Academy Award winning director duo Joel and Ethan Coen will open the 66th Berlin International Film Festival.   Hail, Caesar! takes place during the latter years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, during the studio system’s heyday, and features an all-star cast including Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Alden Ehrenreich, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, Scarlett Johansson, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton and Channing Tatum. The comedy follows a s...

Berlinale Classics 2016: Fritz Lang’s Der müde Tod (Destiny) - world premiere of the digital version

On February 12, 2016, a special silent film and music highlight awaits festival audiences: The first digitally restored version of Fritz Lang’s Der müde Tod (Destiny) will be presented at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival as part of the Berlinale Classics programme. The restoration of the 1921 film classic to a new, high-resolution digital form (2015/2016) by the Friedrich Wi...


Honorary Golden Bear and Homage to Michael Ballhaus

The 66th Berlin International Film Festival will award an Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement to German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus, to whom the festival is also dedicating this year’s Homage. Ballhaus is one of the world’s most important cinematographers. Before spending 25 years working primarily in the USA, he established his reputation in Germany where he worked with, among others, auteur Rainer Werner Fassbinder, helping “Young German Cinema” achiev...

Berlinale 2016: Audiences can again look forward to the Berlinale Special Series at Haus der Berliner Festspiele

The series format was introduced into the official Berlinale programme in 2015. The opportunity to experience brand new series premieres from all over the world was enthusiastically received by Berlinale audiences.   The narrative in serial form will once again be part of the Berlinale Special programme at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The selection process is already underway and the festival is keeping an eye out for interesting titles that fit the Berlinale Special...

This Year’s Jury Announced: Berlinale and Glashütte Original to Award “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” for Fifth Time

The jury members Martin Heisler and Sandra Hüller with Festival Director Dieter Kosslick, section head Linda Söffker and jury member Ingo Haeb. © Ali Ghandtschi   Established by the Perspektive Deutsches Kino and Berlinale’s co-partner Glashütte Original, the “Made in Germany – Perspektive Fellowship” is celebrating a small anniversary. At the Berlinale in 2016, the fellowship will be awarded for the fifth time. It was conceived to support em...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: New Funding Recommendations

    At the 23rd jury session of the World Cinema Fund (WCF), the jury recommended contributing to the funding of ten film projects.   Four film projects – from Myanmar, Turkey, Chad and Senegal - were suggested for production funding. In addition, distribution funding was recommended for the German cinema release of a film from Venezuela. Within the framework of the WCF Europe programme, production funding was proposed for projects from Brazil, Argentina and Chile. ...

Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin welcomes international experts for business and networking from 16 – 19 February 2016

Adding culture to Television: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, the largest trade fair for the cultural TV industry again welcomes international experts for business and networking from 16 – 19 February 2016 in Berlin Vienna, 24 September 2015 It is the market place and B2B event for international experts and young talents in music and film: Avant Première Music + Media Market Berlin, the annual trade fair for music and dance films and the cultural TV ...


Berlinale Spotlight: Short Film Presentations in India, Malaysia and the Philippines

For years the Berlinale has had a global presence with specially curated programmes at film festivals or other cultural events around the world. These activities take place under the name Berlinale Spotlight. In November and December, the Berlinale Spotlight will be presenting short film programmes in Asia.   With the support of the Goethe-Institutes in Hanoi, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur and the Philippines, as well other local partners, a total of 27 films from the Berlinale Sh...

Berlinale Retrospective 2016: “Germany 1966 – Redefining Cinema”

  The Retrospective of the 66th Berlin International Film Festival is dedicated to the year 1966, a turning point in German cinema dating back fifty years. An atmosphere of change prevails: in the West, auteur filmmakers challenge the contradictions of the economic miracle, in the East, young directors question everyday life under socialism. The New German Cinema manages to make an international breakthrough, whereas in East Germany, as a result of the 11th plenum of the Central Committe...

Berlinale Talents 2016 explores “The Nature of Relations”

Under the title “The Nature of Relations”, Berlinale Talents focuses in its 14th edition on the power, force and energy of interconnected thinking and creating. 300 outstanding Talents will be invited to a programme with international experts, again held at the three venues of HAU Hebbel am Ufer, from February 13 to February 18, 2016. Berlinale Talents will host around 100 talks, workshops and networking events providing Talents and festival guests with a vibrant testing field for...

Berlinale 2016: First Films for Competition and Berlinale Special

The first nine films for the 66th Berlin International Film Festival Competition and Berlinale Special programme have been selected. Joining opening film Hail, Caesar! by Joel and Ethan Coen, which will be presented out of competition (see press release from December 4, 2015 for details), five productions and co-productions from Canada, France, Germany, United Kingdom and the US are the newest additions to the Competition programme.   As part of the official programme, Berlinale Special...



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