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Reporting from Berlin on the 68th edition February 15 -25, 2018
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. WATCH OUR VIDEO COVERAGE TRAILERS INTERVIEWS AND AMBIANCE

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Netherlands short film takes top prize in Berlin Film Festival Generation 14 plus awards

The awards given out last Friday night at the Berlin International Film Festival saw the Dutch team behind Kosovo-set short film, Kiem Holijanda triumph in the Berlinale’s Generation section, the most important dedicated children’s and youth programme among the A-list festivals of the world, taking home the Crystal Bear for the Best Short Film in the section Generation 14plus. The jury motivation for the award states: The Crystal B...

Results of the diversity panel in Berlin: WE WANT MORE

WE WANT MORE – DIVERSITY & VISIBILITY The 6th discussion on the status of women in the film business and gender equity on the occasion of the 68th Berlin International Film Festival focused strongly on the topics of diversity and visibility. Organised by the Dortmund | Cologne International Women’s Film Festival the round table with international experts from various backgrounds agreed on the urgent need to implement diversity standards in German film funding according to ...

Berlinale 2018: Crystal Bears and Deutsches Kinderhilfswerk (The Children’s Charity of Germany) Awards in Generation Kplus

      The members of the Children’s Jury in Generation Kplus – Laslo Baudouin, Luise Babette Dahns, Christian Fock, Nele Heinig, Julina Matilde Jung, Namiko Kammin, Jonas Kurth, Theresa Sagebiel, Jonas Schuster, Jonas Volkers, Ella Widmoser – give the following awards:     Crystal Bear for the Best Film:    Les rois mongols (Cross My Heart) By Luc Picard, Canada We are particularly fond of this film because we were able to ...

Berlinale: Awards of the Independent Juries

  PRIZE OF THE INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM JURY BERLIN SHORT FILM NOMINEE FOR THE EUROPEAN FILM AWARDS The three members of the Jury, Diogo Costa Amarante, Jyoti Mistry and Mark Toscano, appoint as Berlin Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards Burkina Brandenburg Komplex by Ulu Braun   PRIZES OF THE INDEPENDENT JURIES   PRIZES OF THE ECUMENICAL JURY Members of the Jury: Dr. theol. Inge Kirsner (Jury President), Joachim Opahle, J...

Berlinale 2018: The Panorama Audience Awards go to Profile and The Silence of Others

Oben v.l.n.r./top FLTR: Paz Lázaro (Leiterin Panorama) mit ShazadLatif,Timur Bekmambetov, Valene Kane und Olga Kharina.Profile. Regie/director:Timur Bekmambetov Foto:©Brigitte Dummer / Berlinale 2018 Unten v.l.n.r./bottom FLTR: Robert Bahar und Almudena Carracedo mitModeratorin Ana David.The Silence of Others.Regie/directors: Almudena Carracedo,Robert Bahar Foto:©Trevor Good / Berlinale 2018 The public has cast its votes: the 20th Panorama Audience Awards go to Profile by ...

The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the Best Film Goes to Veronika Kasererberall: Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are)

The Compass-Perspektive-Award for the Best Film in the Programme Goes to Veronika Kaserer for Her Documentary Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are)   On the closing night of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the jury – consisting of filmmakers Jules Herrmann, Sung-Hyung Cho, and Sol Bondy - presented the Compass-Perspektive-Award 2018 for the best film. The prize goes to Überall wo wir sind (Everywhere We Are) by Veronika Kaserer. Endowed with 5,000 euro, this year is the se...

Berlinale Talents and Perspektive Deutsches Kino Kompagnon-Fellowships go to Jide Tom Akinleminu and Julian Radlmaier

                           This evening at the closing event of Perspektive Deutsches Kino, the Kompagnon-Fellowships were awarded for the second time. Endowed with 5,000 euros each, they were given to new projects by a screenwriter and/or director from Berlinale Talents 2018, and a director from the 2017 edition of Perspektive Deutsches Kino.   With the Kom...

Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Federal Agency for Civic Education in Generation 14p

Berlinale 2018: Crystal Bears and the Awards by the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung (Federal Agency for Civic Education) in Generation 14plus The members of the Youth Jury Generation 14plus - Jascha Katjana Richer, Lilly Rinklebe, Zoe Rentmeister, Rosa Nietzsche, Robert Schlücker, Joseph Askar Schönfelder, Jonathan Auer - give the following awards:   Crystal Bear for the Best Film:    Fortuna By Germinal Roaux, Switzerland / Belgium Our winn...

Heartfelt and daring – Berlinale Talents 2018 Turns Out a Successful Edition

  Yesterday evening the 16th edition of Berlinale Talents came to a successful close. Gus Van Sant, Josephine Decker, Christian Petzold, Nancy Schreiber, Agnès Godard, Tom Tykwer, Mónica Lairana and Lav Diaz, amongst 120 other mentors and experts, met in cinematic dialogue with 250 Talents and several thousand Berliners, with a notable sense of honesty and openness. The talks and the Talent-dedicated formats were not only about secrets to success and career leaps, but also ...

Special Mention for ‘SUPA MODO’ at the Generation Kplus Award Ceremony of the 68. Berlinale

  SUPA MODO has been honored with a Special Mention for an outstanding achievement by the Children’s Jury Generation Kplus at the Generation Kplus Award Ceremony of the 68. Berlin International Film Festival. The film is an inspiring story about a young girl dreaming of becoming a Superhero. The debut feature film by Kenyan director Likarion Wainaina celebrated its world premiere at the section Generation Kplus. CHECK THE VIDEO Extract from the jury statement: “This film te...

Back with Bears Volume 8 and Video Highlights

Berlinale Newsletters 1 I 2 I 3 I 4 I 5 I 6 I 7 I Animation in Focus I FOLLOW US ON THE SOCIAL NETWORKS:                          Advertise in our Berlin WRAP Newsletter from 200€ email us for a quote     SummerHill Entertainment Thrills and Chills at EFM   At Summer Hill...

Wangdrak’s Rain Boots World Premiere at the 68th Berlinale

Wangdrak’s Rain Boots, directed by Lhapal Gyal, premiered on Feb. 21st at 10am Berlin local time.   Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is Lhapal Gyal’s debut feature film; alongside renowned director Pema Tseden, who executive produces. Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is selected in the Generation of 68th Berlinale, the only Chinese film in this category as well as the only Chinese candidate for Crystal Bear Award of Generation. Wangdrak’s Rain Boots is based...

Javier Angulo invites to Valladolid 63rd edition

VALLADOLID INTL FILM FESTIVAL 63rd edition to run 20th - 28th OCTOBER, 2018 ) Director Javier Angulo talked to Bruno Chatelin during a Norwegian film reception at the famous Oxymorron restaurant... where he met legendary actor Stellan Skarsgård.     ...

Doggie Animation film opens fest as Kosslick reels from criticism

by Alex Deleon for Wes Anderson Press  conference: L - R, Greta Gerwig, Bryan Cranston, Anderson and a Japanese actress. The first all star event of the 68th Berlin Film Festival (Brrlinale) was the overpopulated press conference for the opening film, Wes Anderson's full length animation "Isle of Dogs". This was the first time I have ever seen the long press conference table full from one end to the other with overflow ~ at least one star, Tilda Swinto...

Berlin 2018, Week One Kwikk notes: High Expectations with Low results mark first half of fest

By Alex C. Deleon, Romy Schneider look alike Marie Bäumer at Quiberon  Press Conference Watch the Video Though this was obviously not going to be the star powered program we have become accustomed to under flamboyant festival top hat Dieter Kosslick at Berlin (no Clooneys, Decaprios, or their likes in sight this year) the competition program alone had a number of high expectation films, among them, "Three Days at Quiberon", a study of the last ...

Filmmaker from India Manoj Annadurai discusses his next project, and the role of markets like EFM in his pre production works

Meet Manoj Annadurai. His first film Get Happy (a comedy) premiered at Montreal World Festival and won several prizes on the festival circuit. ...

Party with the Portuguese, another FEST success and full house

Bruno Chatelin ( toasting like it's pPortugal (Espinoa) with festival organizers: Filipe Pereira (FESTIVAL DIRECTOR) and Fernando Vasquez (FESTIVAL PRODUCER AND PROGRAMMER) PARTY LIKE IT’S PORTUGAL was held with much success at Ballhaus Berlin (Chausseestr. 102 10115 Berlin) on the 20th of February. We enjoyed the best Portuguese wine - courtesy of our partner Niepoort Vinhos. DJ NUNO LOPES brought the action to dance floor - (he is also the ...

Inland Sea director Kazuhiro Soda celebrates Berlinale selection with TriCoast sales team

Wai-chan is one of the last remaining fishermen in Ushimado, a small village in Seto Inland Sea, Japan. At the age of 86, he still fishes alone on a small boat to make his living, dreaming about retirement. Kumi-san is an 84-year-old  villager who wanders around the shore everyday. She believes a social welfare facility “stole” her disabled son to receive subsidy from the government. A “late-stage elderly” Koso-san runs a small seafood store lef...

SummerHill Entertainment Thrills and Chills at EFM

  At Summer Hill Entertainment our mission is twofold.  First, we are a home to independent filmmakers who have done the impossible, created a quality film ready for distribution.  Through our 25 years of experience... Second, we are a reliable source of high quality films for our international buyers. Additionally, we know how to deliver the goods.  Today’s international deliverable requirements are more complicated than ever.    www.summerhill...

Winners of the 2nd Asian Brilliant Stars were announced on February 21st in Berlin.

YOUTH, the latest film of Chinese director Feng Xiaogang, is the biggest winner of the Award Ceremony.   Screened in the Special Presentations at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival, Feng Xiaogang’s YOUTH topped the December box office in China with over $157 million (1 billion yuan), ahead of Pixar animation COCO. “Feng employs traditional craftsmanship to draw a sweeping historical canvas with profound human upheavals that mirror virtues and flaws of the Chi...

VIDEO GWFF Best First Feature Award | Meet the Jury | Berlinale 2018

Winning a prize with a debut film can really kickstart a career, so the GWFF Best First Feature Award is a promise for the future. So let us introduce you to our 2018 Jury Jonas Carpignano, Noa Regev and Călin Peter Netzer. The winner of the GWFF Best First Feature Award will be announced at the Closing Gala on Saturday, February 24, beginning at 7.00 pm in the Berlinale Palast. The award ceremony will also be streamed live on the Berlinale Website. The Berlin...

VIDEO Generation 14plus | Opening | Berlinale 2018

  Since 1978, the Berlinale has devoted a section to children and young people: Generation. In two competitions, Generation Kplus and Generation 14plus, discoveries from state of the art world-cinema and on a par with young people are presented. The most outstanding films are awarded the Crystal Bears and the Prizes of the international Juries. Every year, more than 65.000 visitors attend the screenings in five venues. The premieres of the section take place at the Ha...

VIDEO 2018 European Shooting Stars Gala | Berlinale 2018

Gala for the 2018 European Shooting Stars Franz Rogowski, Irakli Kvirikadze, Jonas Smulders, Matteo Simoni, Matilda De Angelis, Michaela Coel, Alba August, Reka Tenki, Luna Wedler and Eili Harboe. EFP EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, one of EFP's flagship programmes, has placed some of the most promising young actors from all over Europe into the limelight over the past 20 years and proven to be an essential stepping stone for launching their international careers. The most promi...

VIDEO "Only Willem Dafoe can play Christ and anti Christ" (Wim Wenders) during the Honorary Golden Bear Gala | Berlinale 2018

Honorary Golden Bear Gala for Willem Dafoe with the laudatio by film director Wim Wenders.     ...

VIDEO - Ang Panahon ng Halimaw | Press Conference Highlights | Berlinale 2018

Press Conference for Ang Panahon ng Halimaw with director Lav Diaz, Hazel Orencio, Bart Guingona, Bianca Balbuena, Pinky Amador and Shaina Magdayao. ...

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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
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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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