International Film Festival Berlinale 2017Enlarge image (© picture alliance / Jens Kalaene/)
"Rarely has a Berlinale programme presented the current political situation as impressively in pictures as this year." (Berlinale director Dieter Kosslick)
From 9 - 19 February the 67th ‘Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlinale’ will take place in Berlin with 399 films from all around the world shown to the public.
The Berlinale is one of the most important events of the film industry alongside the Cannes Festival or Venice International Film Festival.
Founded in 1951 and held annually, the Berlinale brings together the global film community in Berlin. Hundreds of films, mostly premiering in Europe or worldwide, are presented within a week of public programme.
The most important part of the festival is the Competition in which the winner receives the famous “Golden Bear”, the highest prize awarded to the best full-length film. This year, the international jury, led by Dutchman Paul Verhoeven, will choose the winner among 18 films from 27 different countries.
Alongside the Competition there are several other categories including ‘Panorama’ featuring independent and arthouse works, the ‘Generation’ for young people or the ‘Forum’ showing avant-garde and experimental films as well as yet unknown cinematographers.
At the ‘Berlinale Special Gala’ unusual new productions and leading greats of the film industry are honoured. This is also a glamorous event where many celebrities and stars are expected.