15 February 2024
25 February 2024
The Berlinale is the city's most glamourous event. Since it takes place in Berlin black dress code usually prevails ;) With more than 400 films shown it attracts the elite of the film industry as well as the largest audience of any film festival in the world.
The Berlinale's programme includes about 400 films of various genres and formats that are open to the general public, the vast majority of which are world or European premieres.
It is divided into different sections, each with a unique profile: Major international productions in the Competition, independent and art-house productions in Panorama, films for a young audience in the Generation category, the most exciting German cinema productions in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, an in-depth look at films from distant countries and experimental forms in the Forum, and an investigation of various other cinematic possibilities in the Berlinale Shorts.
The programme is topped off by a thematic Retrospective and a Homage that focuses on the life's work of a great film personality. Both these categories, which are curated by the Berlin Film Museum, aim to place contemporary cinema within a historical context.
Cannes is fancier. And Venice warmer. But the Berlinale has nevertheless been one of the world's leading film festivals alongside Cannes and Venice since it was founded in 1951. It is considered a "working festival," although stars are also welcome in Berlin. In West Berlin times, East-West dialogue always had absolute priority. Several classics of cinematic art are among the winners of the "Golden Bear". US cult films like "Smoke" by Wayne Wang (1995) and "Dead Man Walking" by Tim Robbins (1996) first screened at the Berlinale. Usually more interesting to cineastes than the competition itself is the festival's second section, the International Forum of Young Cinema, which has been around since 1971."
Learn more about the Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival
1. Go to the official website and double check the event dates, prices and regulations.
2. Book hotel rooms in Berlin available during the event. ⤵︎
2.1. Pick a hotel room by location and by price.
2.2. The search is done for 1 guest and the entire duration of the event. Click on the 'Filter', 'Guests', and 'Dates' buttons to adjust the search.
🏨 In the 'Filters' section, you can tell if you are looking for hotels or vacation homes. Here, you can filter the results by stars, review ratings, and budget.
👨👩👧👦 In this section, you can specify the number of guests (adults and children) and the number of rooms you want to book.
📆 Finally, you can change the date of your stay.
2.3. Save more money! Some hotel rooms are provided by multiple hotel booking websites. You will see them on the top of the hotel room details when you hover the mouse over the room. Be it Booking.com, Expedia, Trivago, Opodo, or other providers, select the best price provider for the room during the chosen period.
2.4. If hotel rooms are not available around the event location, you can zoom out or search by a nearby city/town name. If you have a specific hotel in mind, you can even search the particular hotel name.
2.5. Bonus tip: Switch to Experiences search. Perhaps you will find great tours and activities!
2.6. Pro tip: The map of the experiences may help you find the most vibrant areas in the city and the best locations where you can look for accommodations for your stay.
3. If everything is fine you can buy all the tickets