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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 in Berlin: This is cinema time. The first Oscar candidates and promising new discoveries are running in the cinemas. In addition, Berlin's cinemas offer a wide range of opportunities to discover new and unknown film worlds, especially in November, as numerous film festivals such as "Around the World in 14 Films" and the "Italian Film Festival" get underway. 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: Lithuanian Film goes Berlin

Kinoreihe
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LT Kino Goes Berlin 2022: See short and feature-length films from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia at the Lithuanian Film Festival. The program includes current productions, highlights from other festivals and classics. You can talk about the films at the brunch with Lithuanian specialities on Sunday.

When: 2 - 6 November, 2022
Where: Acud Cinema & Sputnik Cinema

Tip 2: ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

At the box office
At the box office © Getty Images, Foto: Denkou Images

You can also see Ukrainian films at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, which this year focuses on Ukraine and cooperates with the Ukrainian Film Festival Berlin. Other themes at the International Festival of the Best International Poetry Films include experiences of war and violence, flight, displacement and migration, and the traumas that result.

When: 25 - 28 November 2022
Where: Haus der Poesie, Knaackstraße 97, Prenzlauer Berg

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.  This year's homage is dedicated to the director Gianni Amelio, who will also be a guest at the Kulturbrauerei cinema.

When: 8 - 13 November 2022
Where: Cinema in the Kulturbrauerei, Schönhauser Allee 36, Prenzlauer Berg

 Tip 4: AFRIKAMERA

Humboldt Forum Berlin - Eastern facade
Humboldt Forum Berlin - Eastern facade © Foto: Sönke Schneidewind

The AFRIKAMERA festival shows current films from Africa under the motto "Urban Africa, Urban Movies". In addition to the films, a program with audience discussions, a VR lounge and a "Ciné-Slam" will take place at the Humboldt Forum.

When: 17 - 21 November 2022
Where: Humboldt Forum, Mitte

Tip 5: Interfilm – Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Berlin

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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 400 films . There will also be workshops and many events. The films revolve around the current burning issues of climate change and social justice, but also love, solidarity and humanity.

When: 15. - 20. November  2022
Where: Miscellaneous Places

Tip 6: 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. Around 20 films from all kinds of genres are planned, reflecting the diversity of French film.

When: 24 - 30 November 2022
Where: Cinema Paris, Kurfürstendamm 211, Charlottenburg and other cinemas

More about the French Film week

Tip 7: 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's programme includes films from Ukraine, Iran and two contributions by German directors. With films by Albert Serra, Lav Diaz and Cristian Mungiu, exciting discoveries from international arthouse cinema await you.

When: 1 - 10 December 2022
Where: Kino in der Kulturbrauerei, delphi LUX and Neues Off

More information about Around the World in 14 Films

Tip 8: Visionär Film Festival

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If you prefer to discover something new, then this is the festival for you: The Visionary Film Festival shows original and visionary debut films from all over the world.  Here you can discover the new voices and stories and experience the cinema of tomorrow.

When: 14 - 18 December 2022
Where: Acud Kino, Veteranenstr. 21, Mitte

More about the Visionär Film Festival

Tip 9: 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.

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

When: 16 - 26 February 2023
Where: Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz and other cinemas

More about the Berlinale

 Tip 10: Greek Film festival

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

Greek film now also has its own festival in Berlin, which has successfully established itself in recent years. The festival shows you the fascinating diversity of Greek film, which unfortunately gets far too little attention in the current programme. So it's worth taking a look at the programme!

When: 29 March - 2 April 2023
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte

More about the Greek Film festival

Tip 11: achtung berlin Filmfestival 2023

Exterior view of the cinema Babylon in Mitte
Cinema Babylon in Berlin © Christine Kisorsy

And what's new in Berlin film? Find out at the achtung berlin film festival, which brings you the current state of productions from Berlin and Brandenburg - before the official theatrical release. In spring 2023 you can get an overview of the latest feature films and documentaries.

Whenn: 19 - 26 April 2022
Where: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, Mitte und andere Kinos

More about achtung berlin

Kristin: visitBerlin-Bloggerin unter visitBerlin.de/blog

Kristin

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.