A Glance At Berlin International Film Festival

A Glance At Berlin International Film Festival


Berlin, an extremely beautiful city of Germany is the place where the Berlin International Film Festival takes place every year in the month of February.  Having up to 400 movies for screening in various sections that represent a comprehensive assortment of the cinematic planet, and about twenty films struggle for the Golden and Silver Bears awards, the festival is believed to be one of the leading film festivals of the world. The celebration is also known as Berlinale, where approximately 300,000 tickets are sold out  along with 500,000 admissions every year considering it as the largest publically attended film celebration worldwide based on authentic crowd rates.

According to the history of the Berlin International film festival was initially founded in 1951 on the proposal of an American film Officer Oscar Martay, later it actually started taking place every twelve months since 1978. Dieter Kosslick was chosen as the director of the Berlin International film festival in 2001.

There is a film trade gala called European Film Market (EFM) that takes place at the same time as the Berlin International film festival, is a most important annual trade gathering for the worldwide film industries.  The trade fair is about serving distributors, movie purchasers, filmmakers, financiers as well as co-production representatives. The Berlinale Talent Campus, is in association with the fiesta itself and is believed to work as an opportunity for future artists.

Every year, approximately 20,000 professionals around the world, attend the Berlin international film festival, EFM and other events while more than 4200 reporters do media coverage in more than 110 countries. Moreover, a good number of film celebrities are seen at the red carpet of the festival who give appearances for high profile feature films presentations. The Berlin International film festival is truly successful in establishing a remarkable assortment of art, glamour, trade as well as an international media attention.

The Berlin International film festival consists of seven diverse film sections. A section director selects films in all categories on the recommendations of a group of film professionals. These film categories comprise: Competition, Panorama, Forum, Generation, Perspektive Deutsches Kino, Berlinale Shorts, and Retrospective. From the year of 2002, a 50-second promo is shown to represent the presentations in each section of the celebration by means of the exemption of the Retrospective.

Some of the awards presented at the splendid gala of the Berlin International film festival include the Golden Bear that is given for best film of the event since 1951 while a lifetime achievement (Honorary Golden bear award) was also started in 1982.  Silver Bear is another important award founded in 1956 honors the individual achievements in direction and performance as well as for the most excellent short film.

Later, the year of 1965, brought a new addition of a special film award that was meant to honor the runner-up of the Golden Bear award. Even though, it had been officially called as the Special Jury Price from 1965 to 1999, but now is known as the Jury Grand Prix from the year of 2000. The award is usually recognized as the Silver Bear (identical to the prizes given for individual achievements) because it is considered as a next place honor following the Golden Bear.

Some Highlights Of The Berlin International Film Festival 2013

The latest event of the 63rd Annual Berlin International Film Festival was held on 7th February that continued till 17 February 2013. The event kicked off with a martial arts blockbuster from Hong Kong. According to the director of the Berlinale, the selection of the 2013 paid mainly close attention to women, native peoples as well as existence in Eastern Europe.

Wong Kar-wai, a Chinese film director was declared as the head of the panel of judges [and his production The Grandmaster was the opening movie of the celebration. Other noteworthy movies that were screened at the festival this year included Bosnian director Danis Danovic’s “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker, Gus Van Sant’s Promised Land.

Let’s take a quick look at the major winner of the gala: The Berlin International Film Festival 2013 declared Calin Peter Netzer’s Child’s Pose as the winner of the highly appreciated award Golden Bear for the best film. La fugue of Jean Bernard Marlin won best short film award. Silver Berlin Bear award for best actor was given to Nazif Mujic for An episode in the life of an Iron Picker while the winner of best actress award was presented to Pauline Garcia for her performance in Gloria. David Gordon Green was awarded for best director award for his direction in Prince Avalanche while the winner of the best screenplay was Jafar Panahi for Closed Curtain.  The lifetime achievement award, the Honorary Golden Bear was given to French documentary filmmaker Claude Lanzmann.

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