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A Complete Guide To Film Festivals In Berlin
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A Complete Guide To Film Festivals In Berlin

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Updated: 9 May 2016
Berlinale might be over, but there are still plenty of film festivals to be had for Berliners this year. This guide is a run down of all the best film events for the rest of 2016 in the city, and beyond. Not all the festivals featured here are English language events, but there should be something for everyone, including punk, Polish films, fashion cinema, and LGBT flicks. This is a complete guide to the very best film festivals in Berlin.

April

Achtung Berlin:

Achtung has been at the center of all things film since its inception in 2004. Showing feature films and documentaries, as well as short films, Achtung Festival only shows films made, at least in most part, in and around Berlin.

📅 13 – 21 April 2016

Sehsüchte:

Not strictly speaking a Berlin film festival, but given it’s in Potsdam – a mere 40 minute train ride on a bad day – Sehsüchte makes the cut. The event is the largest European student film festival anywhere in the world and is a celebration of the future of film.

📅 22 – 26 April 2016

filmPOLSKA:

In conjunction with the European University at Frankfurt Oder at the German-Polish border, filmPOLSKA brings together some of Poland’s most interesting cinematic voices for a week long investigation into the current state of Polish cinema for Berlin audiences.

📅 20 – 27 April 2016

Lakino:

Lakino is a Latin American short film festival at Sputnik Kino in Kreuzberg and Lichtblick cinema in Prenzlauer Berg. The festival showcases Spanish original language films with English subtitles, organized around themes like, ‘human rights,’ ‘Made in Mexico,’ and ‘Heritage and Indigenism.’

📅 27 April – 1 May 2016

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Image courtesy of Achtung

May

Berlin Music Video Awards:

Since 2016, the BVMAs have been one of Berlin’s most prestigious international music video awards. It provides a platform for talented filmmakers, backing both unknown and famous artists and is a primary networking event for the video and music industries in Europe.

📅 18 – 21 May 2016

XPOSED International Queer Film Festival:

XPOSED, the international Queer Film Festival returns for its eleventh year in 2016. Likewise, the Queer Short Film Fund will be offered again; the aim of the fund is to help facilitate the production of Queer short films from Berlin. XPOSED represents the best in LGBTQI+ filmmaking in Europe and beyond.

📅 19 – 22 May 2016

Stadtlichter:

Stadtlichter is among the longest film festival events in Berlin; a series of events that connects the medium of film with the city around us and its international partners. The festival provides direct communication opportunities and insights into different worlds.

📅 27 May – 24 September 2016

Deutscher Filmpreis – LOLA:

Sponsored by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and Media, the Deutscher Filmpreis Lola is the among the most prestigious film awards in Germany. The prize draws from a broad pool of talent and is hotly contested each year in a rigorous competition process.

📅 27 May 2016

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Image courtesy of the Deutsche Filmpreis

June

Berlin Fashion Film Festival:

Now in its fourth year, the Berlin Fashion Film Festival brings together filmmakers and fashion folks alike for a two day extravaganza of art and film based on fashion, its people and its consequences.

📅 2 – 3 June 2016

Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg:

For more than two decades, the Jewish Film Festival Berlin and Brandenburg has been a celebration of films made by Jewish filmmakers in the Hauptstadt region. The festival centres on Jewish life and its transformation in Germany, Israel, Europe and the world.

📅 4 – 19 June 2016

July

Short Film Festival:

The Short Film Festival is starting to make a name for itself on the international film festival scene. Now in its third year, the festival aims to be one of Europe’s leading festivals for international filmmakers. The festival attracts a broad selection of work by film-makers working in a variety of formats.

📅 30 June – 4 July

August

Long Night Of The Film Festivals:

In keeping with the treasured Berlin tradition of long nights, the Long Night Of The Film Festivals is an opportunity for Berliners to discover some of the city’s lesser known filmmakers in a free-for-all night of cinematic fun.

📅 27 August 2016

September

Down Under Berlin:

Berlin is teeming with people from the land down under. Whether they’re Aussies or Kiwis or something in between, Down Under Berlin is a celebration of films made for, by and about this Anglo corner of the southern hemisphere. A part of the Berlin film scene since 2011, Down Under Berlin is one of the city’s most fun film festivals.

📅 14 – 18 September 2016

Film ohne Grenzen:

Another festival just outside of Berlin, the Film ohne Grenzen fesitval (Film Without Borders) is hosted in Bad Sarrow in Brandenburg. The festival, as the name suggests, is an international event, celebrating the best of film, from all around the world.

📅 15 – 18th September 2016

Courtesy of Berlin Down Under
Courtesy of Berlin Down Under

October

Filmfest Eberswalde:

This year dealing with the theme of ‘Province’ the Filmfest Eberswalde, another Brandenburg film festival, brings together feature length and short documentary filmmakers for another year. The festival also welcomes animated submissions for this multifaceted film festival.

📅 1 – 8 October 2016

DOKU.ARTS:

DOKU.ARTS festival showcases the strength, diversity, imagination and experimentation of the documentary genre. The festival includes film essays, compilation and homage films, and creative documentaries. The festival brings together some of the world’s most innovative documentary filmmakers.

📅 6 – 23 October 2016

Italian Film Festival:

As part of the the Italian community’s ongoing and dynamic impact on life in Berlin, the long established Italian film festival returns this year for another bumper crop of films made by Italians and about life in the land of La Dolce Vita.

📅 6 – 9 October 2016

Zebra Poetry & Film Festival:

Working in conjunction with the Literturhaus Berlin, this year’s Zebra Poetry and Film Festival is hosted in Muenster. The festival is a celebration of poetry and film from Berlin and beyond.

📅 27 – 30 October 2016

Courtesy of Zebra Film & Poetry Festival
Courtesy of Zebra Film & Poetry Festival

November

interfilm:

In 1982, the Super 8 Short Film Festival was founded. Now, more than 30 years later, the festival is one of the most established film festivals in the world for short films. After the Berlinale, this is the largest film festival in Berlin, and includes the International Short Film Festival For Children And Youth.

📅 15 – 20 November 2016

Piccadilly Cinema via Wikicommons
Piccadilly Cinema | © Rob Chandler/Wikicommons

December

Around The World In 14 Films:

A blend of documentary and feature films, this is a compilation of hugely successful festival films from the 2016 season that have yet to have their distribution rights acquired in Germany and includes the award of the IFA Intercultural Film Award.

📅 27 November – 6 December 2016

Berlin Art Film Festival:

Some of the finest art films in the world are brought together in the Berlin Art Film Festival. Some of cinemas’ most experimental films, from the cross-section of music, drama and LGBTQI+ films as well as a melange of short and documentary films.

📅 10 – 13 December 2016