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All about the Berlin Film Festival

Tickets, schedules, films

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin
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The Berlinale starts on 15 February - but how do you get tickets? What else do you need to know?  Which cinemas are taking part?  We have compiled all the important information about the festival for you.

When does the Berlinale takes place?

Facade of Berlinale Palast with logo
Facade of Berlinale Palast © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The film festival will take place from 15 to 25 February 2024. On Saturday, 24 February, the International Jury will award the Golden and Silver Bears at a festive gala. One day before, the TEDDY AWARD for the best queer contribution will be presented.

When can you buy tickets for the Berlinale?

Tickets at the box office of the Intimes cinema in Berlin
Tickets from the Intimes cinema © Cine Logistics GmbH

As every year, the most urgent question is: How do I get tickets?

The pre-sale starts on 12 February at 10 am. You can always book tickets from 10 a.m. three days in advance (e.g. on Monday for Thursday). Exceptions are the Berlinale Audience Day on February 25, the screening of Kohlhiesel's Daughters at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt and the screenings at the Verti Music Hall, for which you can also buy tickets from February 12.

Since 6 February you can find the entire programme online, so you can plan in peace. 

By the way, admission to all films - except those at Generation - is only possible from the age of 18.

How to buy tickets

Berlin Tourist Info Brandenburger Tor
© visitBerlin, Foto: Fotoagentur Wolf, freiheitswerke

Tickets are available online on the festival website. They are sold via the ticket provider Eventim, so it's best to create an account in advance. For some films, you have to be quick, as they are in high demand.

If you don't feel like sitting at your computer or your connection is bad: You can also get tickets at the Berlin Tourist Info.

 To the Berlinale website

The cinemas of the Berlinale

Zoopalast cinema at the Berlinale
Zoopalast cinema at the Berlinale © ©2016 Scholvien

The heart of the festival is Potsdamer Platz, where the competition films are screened in the Berlinale Palast. This is where the stars walk the red carpet and present their latest works. The Forum shows its films at the Arsenal in the Sony Center. The CinemaxX cinema is only available for market screenings and press screenings. 
The festival is thus increasingly moving to individual decentralized venues throughout the city. The Haus der Kulturen der Welt is once again participating as a venue. The Verti Music Hall in Friedrichshain will continue to replace the Friedrichstadt-Palast for the Berlinale Specials screenings. From the Zoo Palast in the west to the Colosseum in the east, from the Silent Green in the north to the Cineplex Titania in the south. This means that you should also take travel times into account when planning your program.  

And of course it's Berlinale goes Kiez again this year with selected films in seven Berlin neighborhood cinemas:

  • Saturday, 17.2. City Kino Wedding 
  • Sunday, 18.2. Neue Kammerspiele Kleinmachnow
  • Monday, 19.2. Kino Zukunft in Friedrichshain
  • Tuesday, 20.2. Kino Toni in Weißensee 
  • Wednesday, 21.2. Babylon Kreuzberg
  • Thursday, 22.2. Sinema Transtopia in Wedding
  • Friday, 23.2. Cosima Filmtheater in Steglitz


Have fun at the movies.

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


does not smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face the rich cultural life of Berlin - the metropolis both in front of and behind the scenes. Her favourite season is the Berlinale, then she spends 10 days watching movies and writing about them in the blog. All posts