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Berlinale Film Festival

February 9-19, 2017

Berlin, Germany

What’s It All About?

The Berlin International Film Festival, also known as the Berlinale, is one of the biggest film festivals in the world. More than 335,000 tickets are sold with 20,000 professional visitors from 122 countries, including more than 3,800 journalists. Art, glamour, parties and business are all inseparably linked at the Berlinale. Every year, the festival screens almost 400 films, mainly international or European premieres.

Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections as follows:




Perspektive Deutsches Kino

Berlinale Gala

Berlinale Special Series

Berlinale Classics

Moreover, special presentations are organised every year by the Berlinale that open up new perspectives, provide insights into key themes, make new connections and explore realms where film intersects with other creative disciplines.

The Awards

The awards are presented by the International Jury to films in the Competition section and belong to the most renowned awards in the international film industry. The most important awards at this festival are the Golden Bear and the Silver Bear.

The International Jury is selected every year by the Festival Director and presents the following awards:

Golden Bear for Best Film (awarded to

the film’s producer)

Silver Bear Grand Jury Prize

Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize for

a feature film that opens new


Silver Bear for Best Director

Silver Bear for Best Actress

Silver Bear for Best Actor

Silver Bear for Best Screenplay

Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic

Contribution in the categories camera, editing, music score, costume or set design

Previous Indian Films at Berlinale Film Festival

Indian film Sairat by Nagraj Manjule was selected last year (2016) in the Generation 14Plus section of the festival. Director Nagesh Kukunoor’s Dhanak (Rainbow), co-produced by Manish Mundra, Nagesh Kukunoor and Elahe Hiptoola, had its world premiere in 2015. Dhanak had won the Grand Prix for Best Feature, given by the International Jury in the Generation KPlus section for children. In 2013, director Abhishek Kapoor’s Kai Po Che!, based on Chetan Bhagat’s novel, The 3 Mistakes Of My Life, was screened at the festival.

Watch Out For!

Opening Film


The 67th Berlin International Film Festival will open with the world premiere of Etienne Comar’s directorial debut, Django. The French film revolves around Django Reinhardt, the famous guitarist and composer, and his flight from German-occupied Paris in 1943. Within moments, this superb guitarist was able to reach people’s hearts with his instrument. Yet his family was harassed and hounded by the Nazis.

Indian Connect


The story revolves around an orphan girl whose grandfather is in the terminal stages of lung cancer. As the grandfather (Aaba) starts counting his days, the family faces unexpected turns. The film is directed by Amar Kaushik. Aaba will be premiered in the Generation KPlus competition section.


Filmmaker Amit Masurkar’s Newton, featuring Rajkummar Rao and Anjali Patil, is a dark comedy. The film is based on a clerk who is on election duty, in a conflict ridden area of Chhattisgarh.



I Am Not Your Negro

The Wound

Politics, Instructions Manual

Fighting Through the Night

Casting JonBenet

Honeygiver Among the Dogs



Small Talk

Berlinale Shorts

Altas Cidades de Ossadas

Avant l’envol

The Boy from H2

Call of Cuteness


Estás vendo coisas


Le film de l’été

Fishing Is Not Done On Tuesdays

Os Humores Artificiais

The Rabbit Hunt

Street of Death

Oh Brother Octopus

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