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Top 11 Film festivals in Berlin

A Film festival for every day

International Film Festival Berlin
In front of the Berlinale Palace © KARSTEN THIELKER

Autumn: This is cinema time. The first Oscar candidates and promising new discoveries are running in the cinemas. In addition, there are a large number of film festivals such as "Around the World in 14 Films" and the "Italian Film Festival" in Berlin's cinemas, especially in November.

There is probably even a film festival every day in some Berlin cinema, celebrating Italian, French or Berlin films, the horror genre or simply the top films of all film festivals together. 

Tip 1: Berlinale

Berlinale: George Clooney at International Film fetsival Berlin 2014
Goerge Clooney at the Berlin Film Festival © KARSTEN THIELKER

Only in February the Berlinale takes place, but it is simply Berlin's biggest and most important film festival. For 10 days the film world watches Potsdamer Platz, where the films celebrate their brilliant premieres in competition and the international top stars stand on the red carpet in a flurry of flashlights. In addition, there are countless other works from all over the world, which take the audience with them to foreign countries and other lives. In 2020 the berlnale will celebrate its 70th anniversary.

By the way, we report live from the film festival every year in our BerlinaleBlog.

When: 20 February - 1 March 2020
Where: Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz and other cinemas


Tip 2: achtung Berlin - new berlin film award

Kino Babylon
Cinema Babylon Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Max Threlfall

Films from Berlin and Brandenburg are shown at achtung berlin film festival. In addition to the competitions for feature films and documentaries, medium-length films, short films and extraordinary independent productions can also be seen - but all with a regional connection.

When: to be confirmed
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte and other cinemas

Mehr Informationen über achtung berlin

Tip 3:  Italian Film Festival Berlin

Kulturbrauerei Berlin
Kulturbrauerei Berlin © TLG-Immobilien

From the Brandenburg to the Adriatic Sea: At the Italian Film Festival Berlin you can get an impression of the current Italian cinema.

When: 13 - 17 November 2019
Where: Cinema in the Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg

More information about the Italian Film Festival Berlin

Tip 4: Around the world in 14 films

Cinema Berlin
Cinema Berlin © Getty Images, Bild: Tobias Weber / EyeEm

The festival "Around the World in 14 Films" is a cinematic world trip. At the Festival of Festivals you can see excellent films from Cannes or Venice, which have not been shown in Germany before. This year the festival shows among others "Bacurau" by Brazilian star director Kleber Mendonça Filho and "Honey Boy" about the childhood of actor Shia LaBeouf.

When: 21 - 30 November 2019
Where: Cinema in the Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg

More information about Around the World in 14 Films

Tip 5: French Film week

Cinema Paris at Kurfürstendamm in Berlin
Cinema Paris at Kurfürstendamm © visitBerlin, Foto: Janine Blechschmidt

The next festival will follow at the end of November. The film week offers a foretaste of the upcoming films from France. You'll see in advance which French films the cinema-goers will actually be able to look forward to later.

When: 27 November - 4 December 2019
Where: Cinema Paris, Kurfürstendamm 211, Charlottenburg and other cinemas

More information about the French Film week

Tip 6: Interfilm – Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin

In the cinema
In the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: David Saium/EyeEm

Sometimes shorter is simply better. At the Interfilm Short Film Festival, only short films are shown, but around 500 from 120 countries.There are also parties, the special Voll der Mond - 50 Jahre Mondlandung and Short & Silent - Silent Movies at Midnight in Babylon (with free admission).

When: 5 - 10 November 2019
Where: Miscellaneous Places


Tip 7: Hellas Filmbox Berlin

an der Kinokasse
Am Ticketschalter © Getty Images, Foto: Denkou Images

The current Greek film is the focus of Hellas Filmbox Berlin in January. With exciting directors such as Yorgos Lanthimos and Rachel Tsangari, Greek cinema has attracted international attention in recent years, so it's certainly worth taking a look inside the Filmbox.

When: 15 - 19 January 2020
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte

More information about Hellas Filmbox

Tip 8: ALFILM – Arab Film festival  

at the cinema in Berlin
at the cinema © Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

You can explore the current film scene of the Arab world at ALFILM. Feature films, documentaries and short films no more than three years old compete at the largest German festival of their kind. There will also be retrospectives of well-known filmmakers and actors.

When: to be confirmed
Where: various places

More information about ALFILM

Tip 9: Fantasy Filmfest

Cinestar im Sony-Center
© visitBerlin, Foto: Pierre Adenis

Berlin, Potsdamer Platz, Wandgestaltung in den Cinestar-Kinos im Sony Center.

Fear Good Movies: The Fantasy Filmfest doesn't just show fantasy and horror, but also innovative and creative genre films of all kinds, films that have their own signature. In addition to the weird and offside, there are always great films to discover that otherwise go under or do not even make it into the normal cinema program. As a foretaste of the festival, the White Nights of the Fantays Film Festival will take place in January.

When: to be confirmed
Where: CineStar SonyCenter, Potsdamer Straße 4, Tiergarten and Zoo Palast, Hardenbergstraße 29a, Charlottenburg

More information about the Fantasy Filmfest

Tip 10: Jewish Film festival Berlin und Potsdam

Cinema Delphi Lux in Berlin
Delphi Lux © Yorck Kinogruppe, Foto: Adrian Schulz

The Jewish Film Festival sees itself as a forum for Jewish and Israeli film in Germany. Feature films and documentaries show all facets of Jewish life. A director's prize honors the best feature film and a jury of radio listeners selects the best documentary film.

When: Summer 2020
Where: Various cinemas

More information about the Jewish Film festival

Tip 11: 11 mm – Das Internationale Fußballfilmfestival

cinema audience
© Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

cinema audience

The ball comes onto the screen. As the name suggests, 11 mm - The International Football Film Festival is all about football. New national and international releases show all the beauty of the game or the loneliness of the goalkeeper at the penalty kick.

When: 26 - 30 March 2020
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte

More information about 11 mm

You can find more film festivals in our calendar of events. 

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter


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.


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