The 2021 Berlinale to unfold in two stages

Professionals of the industry will gather online in March, before the 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 will hold the festival for the industry and the public. The industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production MarketBerlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will kick off the 71st Berlinale in March with an online offer. The physical edition will unfold in June, with a summer event featuring numerous film screenings for the public audiences – in cinemas as well as open air. The division allows to maintain the two supporting pillars: film market and festival.

The current process of selecting films for the Competition and the other sections will be continued. The programme will be published in February and presented to the film industry at the virtual European Film Market (EFM) in March. An International Jury will watch the films in Berlin and will choose the prize winners. The winners and a selection of the films will be presented to the Berlin audience in the summer. To start off the summer event, the Berlinale is planning a festive opening.

The European Film Market (EFM) will take place online from 1 to 5 March. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is similarly relocating its activities from 1 to 5 March online. Berlinale Talents also welcomes its participants virtually to Berlin in this timeframe and, like the World Cinema Fund, it addresses the international specialist audience with digital programmes.