The Berlinale is the annual International Film Festival that breaks up the monotonous grey of February with a little red carpet glamour. Aside from showcasing over 350 films in nine categories, the event brings A-list celebrities, plenty of panels and, of course, some top-notch parties to the city. Here are the best Berlinale parties of 2018 that you don’t need a press pass to get into.
Berlinale Opening Party
The Filmfestival Opening Party hosted by Filmemacher Deutschland and Mindmash.tv invites guests to network, dance and party in honour of the annual Berlinale. Held in the elegant space, Haus Ungarn, located in the heart of Berlin at Alexanderplatz. The ticketed event includes DJs that will get the crowd moving at two dancefloors, goodie bags for the first 500 guest and many familiar faces from film and TV.
WarmUp at The Grand Club
Another opening event for the Berlinale is WarmUp at The Grand Club. The ticketed event draws in industry professionals and creatives to celebrate another year of the International Film Festival. Mixing luxury elements with an understated industrial feel, the club offers the glamour and gritty ambience often equated with Berlin. The night promises flowing drinks, plenty of fellow cinephiles to rub shoulders with and an exciting night to kick off the Berlinale.
Berlinale Street Food Market
Berlinale Street Food Market run by the popular Bite Club Berlin and Berlinale Kulinarisches Kino is a daily event running throughout the 10-day festival. From 11am-10pm the street food market will be fueling up festival visitors with international delicacies close to the Berlinale Palast. Although it’s not a party, it is a delicious side event that can be enjoyed while dashing from film to film during the festival.
Loud and Queer Berlinale Party
Sometimes it’s all in the name and at the Loud and Queer Berlinale Party this is certainly true. A wild celebration of queer cinema, at Berlin’s notorious Ritter Butzke club, this annual party is a chance to let your hair down and celebrate queer culture.
ARTE Berlinale Party at SchwuZ
Housed in one of Berlin’s most-established queer clubs, ARTE Berlinale Party at SchwuZ promises a night of pop, house beats, great vibes and plenty of dancing. The fourth edition of the ARTE and SchwuZ Berlinale collaboration, the annual affair is sure to bring creatives, film-lovers and Berlin locals together for a night of dancing.
Lakino Berlinale Party
Bringing Latin flare to the Berlinale is Lakino’s 2018 party. With flowing drinks, funk, disco and salsa beats, this event promises to get guests off their feet and onto the dancefloor. Hosted at Bi Nuu, in the heart of Kreuzberg, it’s the wild party that will have your hips shaking.
Berlinale Shorts Party
Berlinale Shorts Party at Säälchen lets guest party and dance the night away in celebration of the Berlinale. With DJs, an amazing location by the Spree and low-entrance fee, it’s the perfect party to wind down the Berlinale 10-day festival.