This isn’t Cannes or Venice. It’s not Sundance or SXSW. This is Berlinale, a film festival like no other. Unlike its more glamorous contemporaries, Berlin’s version - like the city itself - manages to be sexy without the pretension; cool without condescension. Dubbed the people’s film festival, Berlinale is the largest publicly-attended film festival worldwide, with almost 300,000 tickets sold and nearly half a million admissions.The festival shows about 400 films each year and is comprised of various sections. The Competition is the main event for international premiers, and Panorama focuses on new indie and art house releases. Perspektive Deutsches Kino is a section dedicated to emerging homegrown talent, and Generation showcases productions for younger audiences. The Forum is for more avant-garde entries; Berlinale Shorts features a great range of experimental short films. Berlinale always delivers excellent material in the fringe Retrospective category, tickets for which are some of the easiest to come by.
Location / Transport/ Time / Cost: Varies depending on events/screenings. Tickets can purchased online or at participating venues, usually at the beginning of February.
Date: 7-17 February inclusive.
Best places to stay nearby:Mitte Short Stay Apartments
What else to do while you’re there: Berlinale’s Talent Campus - a creative summit for anyone interested in the filmmaking industry.
Location: Opening Ceremony, Berlin Palast, Marlene Dietrich Platz 4 & Various Locations, Berlin
Dates: 07 February, 2013 — 17 February, 2013
Cost: Free07-02-2013 17-02-2013 EUR