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Berlinale Summer Special: Tickets, Films and Info

Everything you need to know about the film festival

The illuminated House of World Cultures as a venue at the Berlinale
The Berlinale at the House of World Cultures KARSTEN THIELKER

Now the time has come: On 9 June the eagerly awaited Berlinale Summer Special begins, where you can finally see the films of this year's Berlinale in the summer in Berlin. Until 20 June, the film festival will be showing the films in 16 different open-air cinemas all over the city.
For the first time, you can also take part in the Berlinale Audience Award Competition 2021 and choose a winning film in the competition. The International Jury has already awarded its Golden and Silver Bears in March.

We have compiled everything else you need to know about the Berlinale Summer Special.

Ticket sale

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Tickets go on sale on 3 June at 10 am. You can then buy the tickets on the website of the respective cinema. With the start of the pre-sale, the ticket buttons in the programme on the Berlinale website will take you directly to the respective suppliers.  
The tickets are personalised and have fixed seats. In most open-air cinemas up to two people can sit next to each other.

The Berlinale schedule

Ticket prices

Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Tickets are priced between 10 and 15 euros, depending on the cinema and the type of event and any reductions. Tickets for children's movies in the section "Generation Kplus" cost 5 euros.
You are admitted to the screenings from the age of 18 (with the exception of the films in the section Generation). Some cinemas have a box office for remaining tickets in the evening, please contact the cinema directly. The open-air cinema Museumsinsel and the open-air cinema HKW do not have a box office.


visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

The performances will take place no matter what the weather is like, only in case of safety or technical reasons the performance will be cancelled. So it's best to check the weather forecast beforehand and dress appropriately.

The schedule

Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin
Charlottenburg Palace visitBerlin, Foto: Mike Auerbach

In addition to the films in the Competition, there will also be films from the traditional sections of the Berlinale such as Forum and Panorama as well as from the Encounters section, which was introduced last year. This gives you the opportunity to see the winner of the Golden Bear Babardeală cu bucluc sau porno balamuc as well as the winners of the Silver Bears and to make many new exciting discoveries.
The Summer Special also shows films for children and young people, but unfortunately you will have to do without the films of the Retrospective, except for one screening at Charlottenburg Palace.

Special highlights are the award ceremony of the Berlinale Audience Award Competition 2021 on 20 June at the open-air cinema Museumsinsel and the Panorama Audience Award ceremony at the open-air cinema Kreuzberg.

The open air cinemas

Performances will take place at 16 open-air cinemas throughout the city:

  • Freiluftkino Museumsinsel
    Bodestraße 1-3, Mitte
  • Freiluftkino Friedrichshain
    Volkspark Friedrichshain, Friedrichshain
  • Freiluftkino Rehberge
    Volkspark Rehberge, Wedding
  • Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
    Hof des Kunstquartier Bethanien am Mariannenplatz, Kreuzberg
  • Freiluftkino Hasenheide
    Volkspark Hasenheide, Neukölln
  • ARTE Sommerkino Kulturforum
    Matthäikirchplatz 4/6, Tiergarten
  • ARTE Sommerkino Schloss Charlottenburg
    Spandauer Damm 10-22, CHarlottenburg
  • Open Air Kino HKW
    John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10, Tiergarten
  • silent green
    Gerichtstraße 35, Wedding
  • Atelier Gardens Freiluftkino @ BUFA
    Oberlandstraße 26-35, Neukölln
  • Freilichtbühne Weißensee
    Große Seestraße 10, Weißensee
  • Freiluftkino Biesdorfer Parkbühne
    Schlosspark Biesdorf, Nordpromenade 5, Marzahn
  • Freiluftkino Friedrichshagen
    Hinter dem Kurpark 13, Köpenick
  • Freiluftkino Pompeji
    Laskerstraße 5, Friedrichshain
  • Freiluftkino vom Filmrauschpalast
    Lehrter Str. 35, 10557 Berlin
  • Frischluftkino@Studentendorf
    Wasgenstraße 75, 14129 Berlin

Hygiene concept

Maskenpflicht im Öffentlicher Nahverkehr
Getty Images, Foto: alvarez

The Berlinale has developed a comprehensive hygiene concept with data collection and contact tracking. You need an ID and a negative test, proof of vaccination or recovery for your visit to the cinema. In the open-air cinemas you will wear an FFP2 mask until you reach your seat, at your seat you may take it off. Please follow the signage and instructions and keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres.

More information about the hygiene concept

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doesn't smile on fotos. But in real life she enjoys with a smile in her face Berlin's rich cultural life - 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.