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Berlinale 71 Film Selection: Competition and Berlinale Special

Video Presentation on February 11, 2021, at 11 am (CET)   Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek will introduce the format of this year’s festival once again. Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian will then present the films selected for the Competition and Berlinale Special. Please note: Mariette Rissenbeek will hold the presentation in German and Carlo Chatrian in English. The English translation of her presentation will be available on the website, once the video starts. The Eng...

Berlinale 71 Film Selection: Encounters, Panorama and Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Encounters Regaining a Sense of Discovery   The competitive section Encounters was introduced in 2020. Its goal is to support new voices in cinema and to give more room to diverse narrative and documentary forms in the official film selection. A three-member jury will choose the winners for Best Film, Best Director and a Special Jury Award, and will announce them during the Berlinale Industry Event in March. This year’s line-up comprises 12 titles from 16 countr...

Berlinale 71 Film Selection: Berlinale Shorts, Forum and Forum Expanded

Berlinale Shorts   Tell Me about Yourself so that I Can Understand the World   The longing to understand and to be understood runs through the selection. The films daringly confront the present and rewrite the past. There are many ways to imagine a new tomorrow. A total of 20 films from 17 countries are competing for the Golden and the Silver Bear in Berlinale Shorts.     Forum Slaloming between Fiction and Documentary: The Films of the 51st Berlinale Forum...

Berlinale 71 Film Selection: Retrospective and Generation

Retrospective “No Angels – Mae West, Rosalind Russell & Carole Lombard”   The 2021 Retrospective of the Berlin International Film Festival showcases the comedic oeuvre of three American actresses – Mae West, Rosalind Russell, and Carole Lombard during the era when the Motion Picture Production Code (“Hays Code”) was coming into effect. This year's curated programme encompasses 27 films released between 1932 and 1943, the glory era of the...

There is a new bear in Berlin (I think ?)

The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will take place in two stages: The Industry Event for industry professionals and accredited press marks the kick-off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale invites the general public to the Summer Special.   The key design for the 71st Berlinale has now been set.   “This year's Berlinale Bear is a typical Berlin character. The likeable hand-made motif exudes optimism in these challenging times and...

French actor selected in the Shooting Stars EFP program spotlighting the best upcoming acting talent from around Europe

Nicolas Maury french shooting star was shot remotely by Fabian Raabe! Shooting Stars recently all completed a “Distance Portraits” photoshoot, which was shot entirely remotely, by German photographer Fabian Raabe.  It’s a great example of how creative and innovative access to film talent can be in these difficult times and whilst we wait for the world to return to “normal”. This year’s edition of EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS, the European programme spotlig...

“EFM Goes Global”: Global Market Screening Initiative Kicks Off

“EFM Goes Global” 2021 © Photo: PalaceCinemas  European Film Market This year, the European Film Market will present the debut of the initiative “EFM Goes Global”. This initiative makes films from the official Berlinale selection available for viewing in cinemas by market participants in key film distribution territories outside Europe. The physical screenings will take place in selected “Market Hubs” during the EFM. Tokyo, Melbou...

The Film Program of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2021

Images of a fantasy body and an exploration of the image itself as a body. Filmmaking on the margins of society and impressions of the end of life. Games of form that play with strategy and permeability. And supporting roles that become leading roles. The film selection of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2021 is complete and will be available to the public virtually throughout Germany from February 27 to March 7. Debates on the programs will take place online every day from March 1 to 7 a...

Full online program for Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna 2021

THE INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR FOR PERFORMING ARTS IN AUDIOVISUAL MEDIA Avant Première Music + Media Market Vienna 2021 : 15-18 February 2021, online via b2match   Avant Première is the international trade fair, marketplace, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites key international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distr...

Avant Première goes ONLINE in february 21 ahead of EFM

  Avant Première is the international trade fair, marketplace, conference and networking event for music + dance films. As the meeting place for a specialised industry, it unites key international experts + decision makers from major public + private broadcasting stations, streaming + VOD platforms, distribution + film production companies and performing arts institutions. Avant Première 2021 will take place online. All screenings, conference programmes, networ...

The french got talent: 8 french professionals in the "French Talents group"

Berlinale Talents is very proud to announce the selection of 205 film professionals - 113 women, 84 men and 8 who preferred to not state their gender and/or - from 65 countries for the 19th edition of Berlinale Talents, which takes place under the theme DREAMS. In our most recent press release you'll find more info about this year's edition and our Talents as well as links to their Talent profiles/projects:   We are very happy to let you know that 8 of the chosen filmmakers are ...

Golden Bear winners only in the International Jury of the 71st Berlinale

International Jury of the 71st Berlinale (from t. l. to b. l. clockwise): Adina Pintilie, Nadav Lapid, Mohammad Rasoulof, Jasmila Žbanić, Gianfranco Rosi, Ildikó Enyedi. © Photo: see single portrait   With the 71st Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale is entering into new territory. The festival will take place in two stages. As already announced, the Industry Event kicks off from March 1 to 5, 2021. From June 9 to 20, the Berlinale will invite the ...

Berlinale News on European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market and Berlinale Series

Series marathon at the EFM: Current trends, themes and showcases at "Berlinale Series Market & Conference" At the digital EFM, from March 2 to 5, the "Berlinale Series Market & Conference" presents a high-calibre conference programme with international showcases and exciting talk formats on impact storytelling and content strategies, with participants such as Russell T. Davies and Maurício Mota. The new label "Berlinale Series Market Selects&quo...

First films of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2021

  How memory is not free of images and images are not beyond cycles of oppression. What people and trees have to say to each other. And the hope to surprise oneself through new connections. The first films and debates of the Berlin Critics’ Week 2021 at a glance. The film program will be available to the public virtually throughout Germany from February 27 to March 7. Debates on the programs will take place online every day from March 1 to 7 and will be broadcast live. ...

Berlinale News on European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund

Berlinale News on European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and World Cinema Fund  European Film Market Digitising the Business: The European Film Market (March 1-5, 2021) Presents Its Online Event Structure   At the start of every year, the European Film Market (EFM) provides a marketplace for film production sales and serves as one of the industry’s most important platforms for global film sales, distribution companies, festival programmer...

Albrecht Schuch is the German Shooting Star 2021

EFP (European Film Promotion) today announced the ten European actors who will be honoured as EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021. Germany will be represented by Albrecht Schuch. An international jury of experts, consisting of American casting director Cassandra Han, Kosovar director Antoneta Kastrati and Danish producer René Ezra, selected the EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS 2021 from candidates who had been nominated by  European Film Promotion's member organisations, including German ...

European Film Promotion (EFP) announces the ten EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS of 2021

°efp european shooting stars 2021 This year's selection of rising stars to be united in EFP's digital Home of Acting Talent 23 – 25 February 2021   photocredits: ­ Heli Blåfield: Seidi Haarla ­ Mathieu Rainaud: Nicolas Maury ­ Steffen Roth: Albrecht Schuch ­ Fabó Tóth: Natasa Stork ­ India Mullen: Fionn O'Shea ­ Dainius Šciuka: Žygimante Elena Jakštaite ­ Rens Plasschek: Martijn Lakemeier &s...

Coherent Action, Incoherent Cinema – The Berlin Critics’ Week Conference 2021

  Two-part conference on February 27 and 28, 2021 Films and debates from March 1 – 7, online and optionally at the Hackesche Höfe Kino Berlin   How can conviction be shown? And on the screens and displays out there, do there exist sequences of images that make it possible to think of the future of cinema in the midst of a pandemic? Scheduled for the weekend before the Berlinale’s European Film Market, this year’s Berlin Critics’ Week Confe...

Filmfest Munich : understanding the Berlinale moves to sequential edition

In light of recent pandemic developments, the Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival) has decided on a multi-part festival format in the upcoming edition, with industry elements in March and audience-only screenings in June. Given our experience in 2020 with the sequential FILMFEST MÜNCHEN POP-UP, we can only support this approach and send our colleagues our best wishes for next year‘s implementation of their festival. At the same time, we see our plans for next year&rsqu...

Berlinale Spotlight: 50 Years of the Forum in New York in December

For many years, the Berlinale has been present all around the world with its specially curated programmes. The Berlinale Spotlight series serves to extend the period of the festival and makes the activities of the Berlinale visible throughout the year. In December, the series travels to New York, where the German Film Office, an initiative of German Films and the Goethe-Institut New York, and Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art are presenting a selection taken from this year&r...

Berlinale World Cinema Fund: Twelve New Funding Recommendations

In the 33rd jury session of the Berlinale World Cinema Fund (WCF), the juries made twelve funding recommendations for projects from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Guinea, Indonesia, Iran, Israel, Kyrgyzstan, Mozambique, Senegal and Turkey. The current funding amounts to a total of 592,000 Euros. This means that the funding volume has increased by 49.85% since the last funding round. The WCF is pleased to be able to support independent cinema even more strong...

Berlinale 2021 twofold: Industry Online Offer in March, Public Event in June

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public. The industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will kick off the 71st Berlinale in March with an online offer. In June, there will be a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public audiences – i...

EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Programme Announces Jury Ahead of 24th Edition at Berlinale 2021

EFP's EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS Programme Announces Jury Ahead of 24th Edition at Berlinale 2021: Antoneta Kastrati, Cassandra Han, René Ezra   The 24th edition of EFP's EUROPEAN SHOOTING STARS will introduce 10 up-and-coming actors and actresses to press and industry during the Berlin International Film Festival in February 2021. "We are looking forward to highlighting once again 10 new acting discoveries from upcoming films and works-in-progress from across Europe, in...

Historical Study on Berlinale confirms Founding Director Alfred Bauer's position in the Nazi film bureaucracy

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The study confirms that Bauer's role in the Reichsfilmintendanz was more significant than previously known and was systematically covered up by him after 1945. In February of 2020, the management of the Berlin International Film Festival commissioned the Leibniz Institute for Contemporary History (IfZ) to investigate Alfred Bauer's position in the Nazi film bureaucracy. The occasion was the media publication of sources that re-examined Bauer's role and tasks in the Reichsfilmintenda...

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