A female read on the Red Carpet. In front of and behind her are photographers.


The Berlin International Film Festival is a unique venue for artistic debate and entertainment. As one of the largest public film festivals in the world, the Berlinale attracts tens of thousands of visitors from all over the world to the city every year. For the industry and the press, the festival is one of the most important events in the annual calendar.

Founded in 1951 on US initiative with the claim to be a “showcase of the free world”, the Berlinale has always been a seismograph and echo chamber of moods, crises, and tremors in world politics. Deeply rooted in the former “frontline city” of Berlin, in its eventful history the festival has developed into a forum for critical discussion of social issues.

The Berlinale stands for diverse participation and a vibrant cinema culture that can shape and change the way we look at the world. The varied and daring programme not only brings international stars to the metropolis of Berlin. It also discovers new aesthetics and cinematographies and places a special emphasis on the work of and on supporting independent artists.

As the business centre of the Berlinale, the European Film Market (EFM) is an important meeting place for the international film and media industry. It not only serves as a platform for the sale of film and series productions, but is a crucial guidepost for future developments and innovations in the film industry. Berlinale Talents, the festival’s talent development programme, offers film professionals and film lovers public talks, discipline-specific workshops, project development labs and networking events.

Information on other Berlinale initiatives as well as the history of the Berlin International Film Festival can be found on the Berlinale website and archive.

Info and Website

The 74th Berlin International Film Festival will take place from 15 to 25 February 2024.
In the run-up to the festival, the full programme as well as an overview of the venues and festival locations will be made available online.