Due to the health situation related to COVID-19, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new format for 2021. Indeed, the organisers are pleased to organise two sessions: one for the industry and one for the public.
As a first step, 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 – both in cinemas and outdoors. This separation maintains the two pillars of support: the film market and the festival.
The current process of selecting films for the competition and sections will be continued. The programme will be published in February and presented to the film industry at the European Virtual Film Market (EFM) in March. An international jury will view the films in Berlin and select the winners. The winners and a selection of the films will be presented to the Berlin public during the summer. To kick off the summer event, the Berlinale is planning a festive opening.
“In response to the times in which we live, we have decided to divide our offer into two separate but related events and thus fulfil the mission of the Berlinale. While in March the film industry will be brought together (online) and will be able to support and enlighten our selection, in the summer – as a new beginning, 70 years after the first edition – our audience will be able to celebrate the filmmakers and their teams, in theatres and in the open air. This gives the opportunity to discover the different sections and profiles of the festival, to watch the films of the International Competition and to celebrate with the Golden and Silver Bear winners in a joyful atmosphere”, says Artistic Director Carlo Chatrian.
The European Film Market (EFM) will now run online from 1 to 5 March. The Berlinale Co-Production Market is also going online from 1 to 5 March. Berlinale Talents also welcomes its participants virtually to Berlin during this period and, like the World Cinema Fund, it addresses international specialist audiences with digital programmes. More intelligence on the offers and programme content for the industry will be made available in the coming weeks.
Source: The Berlinale – Press Office
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