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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.

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

When: 10 - 20 February 2022
Where: Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz and other cinemas

More about the Berlinale

Tip 2:  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.Fittingly, the exhibition Italy in Film, Film in Italy: The Young Pope, The New Pope, Catch-22, Freaks Out can be seen at the cinema in the Kulturbrauerei.

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

Tip 3: 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 350 in 50 different programmes. There will also be workshops and many events. You can also take a look at the program online.

When: 16 November - 21 December 2021
Where: Miscellaneous Places

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 will screen Pedro Almodóvar's drama "Parallel Mothers," Asghar Farhadi's "A Hero" and Apichatpong Weerasethakul's "Memoria," among others.

When: 2 - 11 December 2021
Where: Kino in der Kulturbrauerei, delphi LUX and Neues Off

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: 24 November - 1 December 2021
Where: Cinema Paris, Kurfürstendamm 211, Charlottenburg and other cinemas

More about the French Film week

Tipp 6: ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival

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

You can see even more French films at the ZEBRA Poetry Film Festival, the international competition for the best poetry films at URANIA Berlin, which this year has France as its country focus. Further topics are mental health, nature and urban development as well as poetry.

When: 25 - 28 November 2021
Where: Urania Berlin, An der Urania 17, Schöneberg

Tip 7: 11th Lithuanian Film Festival

Kinoreihe
© Getty Images, Bild: Maksicfoto

LT Kino Goes Berlin 2021: 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.  The film series will be complemented by a lecture on female perspectives in Lithuanian film and an exhibition of photographs on cinema culture in Lithuania.

When: November 3 - 7, 2021
Where: Acud Cinema & Sputnik Cinema

Tip 8: 5th International Festival of Unconventional Christmas Films

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

It is still a surprise what unusual Christmas films the festival will show, but one thing is for sure: great surprises are waiting for you in the cinema on the festive days. This much is certain - a total of 10 programs with Christmas short and feature films from around the world will take place.

When: 22. - 26. December 2021

Where:  Moviemento, Kottbusser Damm 22, Kreuzberg

Tip 9: Winter-Film-Fest at Nikolaiviertel

Atmosphäre auf dem Weihnachtsmarkt im Nikolaiviertel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Enrico Verworner

This tip will make you feel Christmassy: The German cult comedy "Feuerzangenbowle" with Heinz Rühmann will be shown three times a day in the Nikolaiviertel. Make yourselves comfortable with blankets on the sofas and enjoy the beloved classic ...

By the way: everyone with the name Pfeiffer with 3 "F" will get a free Feuerzangenbowle.

When: 12 November 2021 - 2 January 2022
Where: Nikolaiviertel, Mitte

More about the Winter-Film-Fest at Nikolaiviertel

Tip 10: Visionär Film Festival

cinema audience
© Getty Images, Foto: Hero Images

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: 10 - 14 November 2021
Where: Acud Kino, Veteranenstr. 21, Mitte

More about the Visionär Film Festival

Tip 11: 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 2021
Where: Humboldt Forum, Mitte

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.