Berlin International Film Festival

One of the most important events on the international film industry’s calendar, the Berlin International Film Festival takes place from 9 to 19 February 2017. Baroque Access has all the details


Over 335,000 people purchase tickets to attend this exciting annual event, not counting the more than 20,000 professionals who come to Berlin from 122 countries around the world and around 3,800 media. The Berlin International Film Festival, which will be held this year from 9 to 19 February 2017, celebrates the world of film and showcases approximately 400 films, mostly international and many of them European premiers.


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Film enthusiasts flock to Berlin to watch films in every genre and format, from exceptional international movies in the prestigious Competition section, that has served as a launching pad for some of the best films in the past 10 years, to independent and art house in Panorama. Generation covers those films dedicated to a younger audience and there’s a special section called Perspektive Deutsches Kino, dedicated to new discoveries and promising talents emerging in the German film scene. Experimental and avant-garde films are featured in the Forum and Forum Expanded sections, and there’s also Berlinale Shorts, that explores cinematic possibilities.

Then there’s Berlinale Special, that presents a selection of international series, and Berlinale Special Gala, that features new and extraordinary productions and also honors great film personalities. Retrospective and Homage focuses on current restorations of film classics and rediscovered movies.


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If that isn’t mind-boggling enough, there’s also a full program of special presentations exploring different creative realms, including art house cinema. And that’s just a taste of what’s in store at this year’s exciting event.

One of the highlights of the festival is the 36 world international premieres to be showcased at the festival that feature numerous international stars. Every year the line-up includes a long list of big names starring, producing and directing, including the likes of Sidney Lumet, Clint Eastwood, Martin Scorsese, Baz Luhrmann and Robert Altman.


This year’s festival features 51 films from 43 different countries, including 29 feature films in the main program and Panorama Special. Thirty-six films will debut at the festival as world premieres and the program also features 6 international and 9 European premieres. One of the European films touted to be a highlight is Call Me by Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino who garnered a lot of attention for last year’s popular movie, A Bigger Splash, which starred Tilda Swinton, Ralph Fiennes and Dakota Johnson. Other movie premieres that are garnering a lot of attention already include The Other Side of Hope, a new offering from Finnish filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki. Its Berlin premiere will likely tie in with its release in Finland on 3 February. There’s The Dinner featuring Richard Gere and directed by Oren Moverman, that tells the story of a double date that goes horribly wrong, Spoor from Polish filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, a thriller about a series of murders in a small town and The Party from British director Sally Potter who is well-known for her experimental approach. The film is in real-time, and tells the story of a group of people at a private gathering. The Festival opens on 9 February with the world premiere of Etienne Comar’s directorial debut, Django.


If you are interested in finding out more about the festival, let Baroque Access assist with information on the full program as it becomes available. Mail us right away, If you’re interested in traveling to Berlin to attend this exciting festival, let our sister company, Baroque Travel, make all your travel arrangements for you. Mail them now, for any assistance that you require.



Berlin International Film Festival schedule highlights

The full program is only being released on 1 February. But here are the important dates to diarise:

9 Feb: 67th Berlin International Film Festival opening ceremony

9 to 17 Feb: European Film Market

11 to 16 Feb: Berlinale Talents

12 to 14 Feb: Berlinale Co-Production Market

18 Feb: Berlin International Film Festival Closing & Award Ceremony