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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
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Introducing in Berlin the new SHIFT72 Affiliate Programme for your VOD Platform

SHIFT72, the leading provider secure VOD platforms to the entertainment industry, has joined forces with to offer our audience an exclusive discount on your own VOD platform. If you're a content owner or creator, you can now distribute titles directly to your audience with your own branded platform while keeping 100% of the profit. For Festivals - Open your festival doors to a worldwide audience using cutting-edge VOD technology....

VIDEO: Award Ceremony live

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"I am Michael": James Franco (actor) & Justin Kelly (director) - 65th Berlinale Interview

Michael Glatze (James Franco) is handsome, charismatic, and opinionated. An Ivy League grad with multiple degrees, he’s a writer, pianist, and “queer theorist,” espousing his belief that sexual orientation shouldn’t define one’s identity. After years co-editing the iconic XY Magazine, a gay periodical based in San Francisco, he moves to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, with his charming and intelligent architect-boyfriend, Bennett (Zachary Quinto). Michael experience...

VIDEO:The Memory of Justice | Panel Discussion | Berlinale 2015

Panel discussion on "The Memory of Justice" by Marcel Ophüls at Haus der Berliner Festspiele Hamilton Fish (Producer) Marcel Ophüls (Director) Margaret Bodde (The Film Foundation) Moderation: Sandra Schulberg ...

VIDEO Presentation of the Berlinale Camera to Marcel Ophüls (in German) | Berlinale 2015

The presentation of the Berlinale Camera to Marcel Ophüls took place on February 11, 2015. Film critic Katja Nicodemus said a few words in honour of the recipient. Following the screening of "The Memory of Justice" (1976), there was a discussion moderated by Sandra Schulberg. ...

VIDEO Highlights from the Press Conference for "Cinderella" by Kenneth Brannagh at the 65th Berlinale

Cate Blanchett © Gerhard Kassner / Berlinale David Barron (Producer) Helena Bonham Carter (Actress) Richard Madden (Actor) Lily James (Actor) Kenneth Branagh (Director) Cate Blanchett (Actress) Stellan Skarsgård (Cast) Allison Shearmur (Producer) Sandy Powell (Costume Design) Moderation: Anatol Weber ...

Berlinale 2015: Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Bundeszentrale für Politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) 

The members of the Youth Jury in Generation 14plus   Leila Albrecht Jan Hendrik Blanke Alina Neichel Maya Viola Oppitz Lotta Schwerk David Siegmund-Schultze Fabian Volkers   give the following awards:   Crystal Bear for the Best Film: Flocken (Flocking) by Beata Gårdeler, Sweden 2015 The film which struck us the most was one which succeeds in continuously maintaining its oppressive atmosphere. This film gives us a precise and intense experience ...

Berlinale Talents 2015: Space for Inspiration and Expertise

Yesterday, the 13th edition of Berlinale Talents came to a successful close. During the six-day programme, 300 emerging film professionals from 75 countries and a variety of fields met with some 100 renowned experts. In addition, the participants had a wide range of opportunities to continue developing their film projects. The general success of Berlinale Talents was quite evident in the film programme of the 2015 Berlinale: 86 former participants of Berlinale Talents contributed to 63 of...

Highlights from Berlin: Fabulous Line-up of Stars, New Film Discoveries and a Thriving European Film Market

The Berlinale and the European Film Market can look back at a successful edition of the festival. “For 65 years now, the Berlinale brings the pubic and trade professionals together to experience film in all of its facets – and, more recently, in new formats. Once again the festival’s internationality rose this year – at the same time the festival has consolidated its position in Berlin. The stars love coming to the Berlinale and appreciate the enthusiasm of moviegoers h...

Berlinale 2015 Interview: Justin Kelly for I am Michael

Justin Kelly - I am Michael, 2015 US - Interview by Martin I. Petrov    Justin Kelly is an American writer and director, who has mainly directed music videos before entering the film industry with several short films. I am Michael is his first feature film that premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and it was part of the Berlinale Panorama. The film tells the story of a gay activist and writer, who suddenly turned to religion, developing a theory against ho...

Berlinale 2015: Body (review)

Body, dir. Malgorzata Szumowska, Poland, Berlinale 2015 - Competition  by Martin I. Petrov In a visionary, humorous wander though the life of (not that much) ordinary people in the polish capital Warsaw, Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body aims to go far under the skin and explore incentives, find answers and criticise bits of our parallel realities.  A father living with his anorexic daughter Olga, after the death of his wife, is trapped between the cruelty he has to face...

A new social media platform at the Berlinale: Berlinale Moments

  At the start of this year’s festival, the Berlinale Social Hub was introduced on the web for the first time. Within only few days, it had collected an overwhelming amount of personal impressions and presented them in a way festival fans and guests had not yet seen. On, fan content, star tweets, sneak peaks behind the scenes and official festival coverage all melt into one. Berlinale Moments focuses the diversity of social media under one hashtag - #BerlinaleMom...

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Bridging the Dragon kicks off with packed event: Director Sophie Bourdon: “This topic unites so many film makers".

Photo by Christian Demarco,  from left to right: Jeffrey Chan, Nansun Shi, Martin Moszkowicz The Euro-Sino initiative Bridging the Dragon celebrated its first official public event yesterday at the Vertretung des Landes Brandenburg beim Bund in partnership with the EFM. With over 200 professionals from both the Chinese and the European industries attending, the event focussed on the possibilities and challenges of co-producing between China and Europe. Bridging the Dragon director S...

LIFE World Premiere Photos

Jasna Vavra, Head of Theatrical Entertainment at Universum Film, SquareOne's co-distributor on LIFE, Al Munteanu, CEO of SquareOne Entertainment, Robert Pattinson and Alessandra Mastronardi. Monday (Feb 9) was the night’s world premiere of LIFE, directed by Anton Corbijn and starring Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan.   LIFE was produced by Oscar winners Iain Canning and Emile Sherman (THE KING’S SPEECH) and Christina Piovesan and will be re...

BIZARRE @ BERLIN A new feature film by Etienne Faure had a successfull world premiere yesterday

BIZARRE @ BERLIN A new feature film by Etienne Faure had a successfull world premiere yesterday Tuesday 10/02 at 10:30 pm Pierre Prieur/Adrian James/Raquel Nave/Rebeka Underhill/Charlie Himmelstein...  Production/Bushwick Factory/Eivissa Productions/Bizarre Production/Myu production  World premiere in Berlin film festival      BIZARRE teaser by Etienne Faure par etienne-faure ...

Berlinale premiere screening Swedish drama MY SKINNY SISTER - standout debut performance by 11 year old Rebecka Josephson

BERLINALE PREMIERE SCREENING of MY SKINNY SISTER by director Sanna Lenkenwith a striking debut starring performance from 11 year-old Rebecka Josephson, grand-daughter of Ingmar Bergman actor Erland Josephson. My Skinny Sister (Sweden - Germany / Generation) Just as Stella enters the exciting and awkward world of adolescence, she discovers that her idolized big sister Katja, a competitive figure skater, is hiding an eating disorder. As the secret unravels and the disease tears the f...

Red carpet moment for Shooting Stars with a Natalie Portman Salute

Hollywood star hosts annual awards ceremony at the Berlinale Palast   (From left to right): Dieter Kosslick (Festival Director, Berlin International Film Festival) with Maisie Williams (UK), European Shooting Stars patron Natalie Portman, Natalia de Molina (Spain), Sven Schelker (Switzerland), Aistė Diržiūtė (Lithuania), Emmi Parviainen (Finland), Hera Hilmar (Iceland), Joachim Fjelstrup (Denmark), Moe Dunford (Ireland), Jannis Niewöhner (Germany), Abbey Hoes (The Netherla...

Berlinale 2015: Knight of Cups (review)

Knight of cups, dir. Terrence Malick - Berlinale 2015 Competition  by Martin I. Petrov “No one cares about reality anymore.”  Realist or not, Terrence Malick seems to have sliced the cake in two, once again. For some, Knight of cups was worth the waiting and for others was two hours of an image flow, that - if we need to be exact - is his way of storytelling.  And let’s face it, no one goes to see a film from the American indie representative and ...

Berlinale 2015: 45 Years (review)

45 Years, dir. Andrew Haigh - Berlinale 2015 Competition by Martin I. Petrov English director Andrew Haigh competes for the golden bear with a story about a couple about to celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary. But who said that after certain age, life cannot ring surprises?  After directing Weekend, a multi-awarded film about a gay couple in London, Andrew Haigh became one of the most promising new talents of his age, turning also into a symbol for queer cinema which was back...

Berlinale 2015 Interview: Lirio Ferreira for Blue Blood

Interview with Lirio Ferreira, director of Blue Blood - opening film of Berlinale Panorama 2015  by Martin I. Petrov Lirio Ferreira was born in Recife in 1965. He started directing films while studying journalism. His first feature Baile Perfumado premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in 1997, followed by Árido movie (2005) and many documentaries that have won numerous prizes in Brazil and beyond. Blue blood is his third feature film, open...

Berlinale 2015: Blue Blood / Sangue Azul (Review)

Blue Blood (Sangue Azul), dir. Lirio Ferreira, 2014 Brazil - Berlinale Panorama    by Martin I. Petrov  Vibrant images, breathtaking sea horizons, a passionate macho Latino and some romance in the background - is there anything else to ask for from Brazilian cinema?  Acclaimed director Lirio Ferreira presents a story for contemporary filmgoers, keeping it at heart a traditional old-style Brazilian romanzo. Pedro, a handsome young circus performer, returns to his ho...
Peace Anyiam-Osigwe, the founder of the AMAAs, presides over the Africa Film Academy. The Africa Film Academy (AFA) aims to promote the training, lobbying, and the overall development of young professions in the Film industry, striving to maximise their full potential in an industry where there are limitless possibilities and always capacity for more. In this regard, the Africa Cinema Business Roundtable was established. She is concentrating on the development of training as...




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Berlin 2016: The dailies from the Berlin Film Festival brought to you by our team of festival ambassadors. Vanessa McMahon, Alex Deleon, Laurie Gordon, Ole Schulz Lia Fietz, Aida Amasuno Martin, Martin Petrov and Bruno Chatelin...
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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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