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Waxworks by Paul Leni will open Berlinale Classics 2020 with a Digitally Restored Version

Berlinale Classics The Berlinale Classics series will celebrate its opening on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film classic Waxworks (dir: Paul Leni). Accompanied by new music from the Ensemble Musikfabrik from North Rhine-Westphalia, with Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz at the podium, this digital restoration under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna will be shown onscreen for the first time at the 70th Berl...

“King Vidor” Retrospective at Berlinale 2020

Beyond the Forest   The Retrospective of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival will be dedicated to the American film director, producer, and screenwriter King Vidor (1894-1982) who holds a central place in the history of US cinema. Considered a key director towards the end of the silent era and in the Golden Age of Hollywood, Vidor left a lasting mark, combining his interest in social engagement with the desire to explore in depth the potential of cinematic language.   Vid...

Julia Fidel appointed New Head for Berlinale Series, and “Drama Series Days” Becomes “Berlinale Series Market”

  Julia Fidel   Over the years, episodic content has become a potent and steady part of the Berlinale programme. In February 2020, Zoo Palast cinema will once again host the Berlinale Series programme, which is open to the public. The successful industry platform taking place at the same location will henceforth be known as “Berlinale Series Market” (previously “Drama Series Days”). The “Berlinale Series Market” and its annual confe...

Berlinale Forum: New Head Cristina Nord Appoints Selection Committee

Film critic, author and curator Cristina Nord, head of Berlinale Forum since August 1, 2019, has assembled a new programming team.   Berlinale Forum aims to expand the understanding of what film is, to test the boundaries of convention and open up fresh perspectives to help grasp cinema and how it relates to the world in new ways. The programme can include anything that serves these ends: contemporary and historical, analogue and digital film; documentaries, essays and hybrid forms; a...

European Film Market expands: “EFM Landmark” offers an additional business platform for producers and film commissioners

There is one interesting thing that Auckland, Barcelona, Bavaria, Cracow, Finnish Lapland, Jordan, Lisbon, Lviv, New York, Oslo, Rwanda, Sardinia, Scotland, Split-Dalmatia, Valparaíso, Vladivostok, the Western Cape and Zurich and almost 300 other cities, countries and regions all have in common with the city region of Berlin-Brandenburg — they have an active film commission.   Increasingly, film commissions have become essential partners for producers, not only assisting them...

Interview with IMZ Secretary General Katharina Jeschke about the IMZ Academy Organizer of the Avant Premiere during Berlinale

HOW HAS THE IMZ ACADEMY SERIES DEVELOPED SINCE IT FIRST LAUNCHED?                                                                         ...

Avant Premiere returns during Berlinale 22-26 February 2020

    AVANT PREMIÈRE MUSIC + MEDIA MARKET BERLIN Avant Première is the largest international trade fair for cultural TV content and presents latest film productions for worldwide transmission. Avant Première: See performing arts films before they premiere. CONNECTING THE PERFORMING ARTS + THE AUDIOVISUAL SECTOR   The IMZ International Music + Media Centre is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of the performing arts through ...

Berlinale 2020: the new heads at the selection committee installed by Carlo Chatrian and Mariette Rissenbeek

Selection committee appointed / New heads for Panorama and Berlinale Shorts / Outlook onto 70th anniversary Carlo Chatrian as Artistic Director and Mariette Rissenbeek as Executive Director will officially take office on June 1, 2019. The future director duo have already been in contact with festival sections, initiatives and departments for some time now, learning about workflows and structures, and had the opportunity to gain further insights on location at the festival in February. Th...

Berlinale 2020: New Directors Create Additional Competition Encounters

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New competitive section / new foreign delegates and advisors / changes for special series NATIVe and Culinary Cinema   After introducing the new selection committee (see press release from March 28, 2019) the new Berlinale director duo - Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian and Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek - present the first new developments within the festival programme. Now, alongside the traditional Competition and Berlinale Shorts awarding the Golden and Silver Bears, an addit...

Cristina Nord Appointed as New Head of the Berlinale Forum

  The film critic, writer, and curator Cristina Nord joined the directorship of the Forum section on August 1, 2019. Since it was founded in 1971, the Forum has taken place as part of the Berlin International Film Festival, curated and organised independently by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art. Cristina Nord (born in 1968) served as film editor for the cultural section of the daily “taz. die tageszeitung” in Berlin from 2002 to 2015. Her writing deals w...

Berlinale Welcomes Another Principal Partner: MagentaTV

MagentaTV, Germany’s leading television platform, offers both TV programmes, exclusive series and films as well as streaming services all in one. The television and streaming service by Deutsche Telekom will be supporting the 2020 festival, joining ZDF, Audi and L’Oreal Paris as a Principal Partner of the Berlin International Film Festival. Among other features planned for the 2020 Berlinale by MagentaTV is its own festival lounge located at Zoo Palast, offering a wide spec...

Save the date_Feb 25 and attend the discussion on gender equity @ Berlinale 2020

How about 50/50 in the audience for a change, i am tired of beeing a minority at the event :-) Bruno Chatelin On the occasion of this year's network event as part of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, we are discussing new feminist trends in the development of scripts together with FC Gloria and DrehbuchForum Vienna. For the 8th time, a top-class international discussion group will set a topic to promote equality in the media. Beyond the still pressing debates about quotas, ...

The New Poster for the Queer Film Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

The 34th TEDDY AWARD takes place within the framework of the Berlin International Film Festival from February 20, 2020 - March 1, 2020 and is awarded in the categories Best Feature Film, Best Documentary Film, Best Short Film, Jury Award and the TEDDY Readers Award. The award ceremony and the glittering TEDDY After Show & Backstage PARTY will take place on 2Feb. 28, 2020 at the Volksbühne Berlin.Tickets for the 34th TEDDY AWARD ceremony and the After Show PARTY ar...

First Films announced for Berlinale' 2020

Roberto Benigni in Pinocchio von Matteo Garrone © Greta De Lazzaris Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Panorama, Generation, Forum Expanded announce the first films and projects / Matteo Garrone's Pinocchio as the first guest in the newly conceived Berlinale Special Gala Fotos stehen Ihnen hier zum Download zur Verfügung: http://bit.ly/BerlinalePressefotos Bitte beachten Sie, dass die Veröffentlichung nur in Zusammenhang mit der Berlinale-Berichterstattung honorarfrei ist. Phot...

“Berlin Film Residencies”: Medienboard, Nipkow and Berlinale Launch New Joint Website for Filmmakers

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  Medienboard, the Nipkow Programm and the Berlinale have formed a cooperation to pool their know-how and networks in the field of film scholarships. The new "Berlin Film Residencies" portal provides an overview of the different scholarship programmes supported by the Medienboard: the BERLIN Artist-in-Residency (BERLIN AiR), the Nipkow Programm and the HAUS AM SEE Scholarship.  International filmmakers can use this portal to learn how and where they can apply for a work sch...

Berlinale Talents 2020 goes "Collectives"

Focus on “Collectives” in 2020 / Mastercard Becomes a Co-Partner with the New Enablement Programme In 2020, Berlinale Talents is going collective: the six-day summit (February 22 to 27) looks at proven and experimental community models in four creative fields: “Cinema”, “Film Set”, “Company” and “Society”. Collectives from the film, art and theatre worlds will come to Berlin for the nearly 100 talks, workshops and networking events, ...

Actor Samuel Finzi Will Host Opening Gala and Awards Ceremony

The 70th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 20 - March 1, 2020. The anniversary edition will be the first Berlinale headed by Executive Director Mariette Rissenbeek and Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian.   The directors have invited award-winning film and stage actor Samuel Finzi to host the festival opening on February 20, and the glamourous Awards Ceremony on February 29, 2020. “We’re very pleased that Samuel Finzi will be hosting the inaugu...

The Berlinale World Cinema Fund Celebrates Its 15th Anniversary and Announces Newest Funding Selections

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  The World Cinema Fund (WCF) looks back on 15 years of successful film funding. Since its founding, funding has gone to 232 film projects. Founded in 2004, the initiative’s aim is to promote the development of world cinema, to enrich the cinematic landscape in Germany, and to encourage international exchange with its cooperation framework. The German Commission for UNESCO welcomed the foundation of the World Cinema Fund as a solid contribution towards strengthening cultural divers...

Berlinale Classics 2020: Waxworks by Paul Leni – World Premiere of the Digitally Restored Version

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  The Berlinale Classics series will celebrate its opening on February 21, 2020 at the Friedrichstadt-Palast with a screening of the 1924 silent film classic Waxworks (dir: Paul Leni). Accompanied by new music from the Ensemble Musikfabrik from North Rhine-Westphalia, with Swiss-Australian conductor Elena Schwarz at the podium, this digital restoration under the aegis of the Deutsche Kinemathek and Cineteca di Bologna will be shown onscreen for the first time at the 70th Berlin Internation...

Berlinale Documentary Film Award 2020: rbb is the New Award Sponsor and rbb media is a Berlinale Co-Partner

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  As of 2020, the Berlinale Documentary Film Award will be endowed with € 40,000 in prize money sponsored by public broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg (rbb). Thanks to the support from rbb, the award for the best documentary film will also be presented at the Berlinale in the future. Starting in 2020, rbb media will be involved with the festival as a co-partner. The partnership is agreed for five years.   In total, approximately 18 current documentaries from the sections C...

70 years anniversary edition with, new posters, new look, no bears?

The poster series of the 70th Berlin International Film Festival, designed by State – Design Agency. On the occasion of the anniversary, there will be three posters. The yellow designed poster will be the main one and seen more frequently. In addition there will be two more designs. © Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin / State – Agentur für Design, Berlin Key Visual for the 70th Anniversary The 2020 Berlinale marks the 70th edition of the Berlin Internati...

Berlinale 2020: Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the EFM

  v.l.n.r. / FLTR: Victor Abujatum (First Secretary), Matthijs Wouter Knol (Director EFM), Mariette Rissenbeek (Executive Director Berlin International Film Festival), Cecilia Mackenna (Ambassador of Chile to Germany), Diego Torres (Director ProChile Germany) © Birgit Heidfeld   During the 70th Berlin International Film Festival in 2020, Chile will be “Country in Focus” at the European Film Market (EFM). EFM’s “Country in Focus” programme was ...

Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in Chile

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    The Berlinale has been presenting specially curated film programmes around the globe for many years. Berlinale Spotlight is an extension of the main festival in February and makes Berlinale activities visible throughout the year.   The 15th SANFIC Santiago International Film Festival (August 18 - 25, 2019) presents Berlinale Spotlight: Berlinale Shorts in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Chile. In 2020, Chile will be the “Country in Focus” at the European F...

Alex Deleon reviews the Youssef Chahine Retrospective in Berlin

  Hend Rostom and Youssef Chahine as Qenawi in "Cairo Station" By Alex Deleon   Youssef Chahine (1926-2008) was the leading Egyptian film director all through the second half of Twentieth Century active in the industry from 1950 until his death. He was the only Egyptian filmmaker to achieve international recognition with films at Cannes, Berlin, Venice, and Moscow and received a lifetime achievement award at Cannes in 1997. He wrote most of his own ...

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