march 2021, berlinale forum

FIPRESCI Prize for "Esquí"

This year's prize of the International Federation of Film Critics ("Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique", FIPRESCI) goes to ESQUÍ by Manque La Banca.

The jury consisted of Dieter Wieczorek (France), Lucy Virgen (Mexico) and Ramy Hassan Aldelrazek (Egypt). Their statement reads:

march 2021, berlinale forum

Forum 50 in Recife

From March 6–10, 2021, the "Janela internacional de cinema do Recife" (Brazil) is showing a selection of films from Berlinale Forum's first edition in 1971.

february 2021, berlinale forum

The Forum Programme Is Now Online

The Forum und Forum Expanded programmes will be shown for members of the film industry during the European Film Market (March 1–5) and will be screened in cinemas for the public from June 10–20, 2021. All information on the films and installations is now online and can be found here for the Forum and here for the Forum Expanded.

february 2021, berlinale forum

51st Berlinale Forum: Slaloming between Fiction and Documentary

Work, love, friendship, cinema: today, all these things have to be managed very differently than a year ago. The certainties we were still able to rely on in autumn 2019 have become porous. In other parts of the world where such uncertainties are part of everyday life, people may well be more practised in dealing with them. In a Western Europe geared to planning and feasibility, we still need to get used to a situation reminiscent of an agility workshop on a permanent loop. Whoever manages to shoot and finish a film under these conditions deserves great respect.

The 17-film selection that makes up the 51st Berlinale Forum focuses on works that deal with uncertainties in the world outside by embracing unpredictability in their plots and structures. It gives preference to the fragile over the proven, with more space dedicated to filmmakers at the start of their careers than their more established colleagues.

february 2021, berlinale forum

16th Forum Expanded: The Days Float Through My Eyes

The sudden coincidence of stagnation and change which we are currently experiencing has changed our idea of time and space—and thus also cinema. This affects both how the selected works will be seen as well as this year’s festival format, which is split into two and takes place on the Internet, inside and outside. The Forum Expanded film selection consists of four short film programmes, one medium-length film and two feature-length films, with a total of 18 films to be shown in March. Eight installations will also be shown in June.

This represents an experiment for Forum Expanded, which is organised by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art and is positioning itself at the place where cinema meets other areas of art and society for the 16th time. This year’s title "The Days Float Through My Eyes" is taken from the song "Changes" by David Bowie. Upon its release 50 years ago, it was referring to his image as a musician, which wasn’t changing at the same tempo as his shifting identity. Since last year, artists and filmmakers worldwide have been slowed down so much that their very existence is under threat in many cases. Even if the programme of the 16th Forum Expanded is also smaller than usual due to the pandemic, we would still like to declare our solidarity with them all.

january 2021, berlinale forum

The Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded and the Two Stages of the Berlinale

Organised by Arsenal – Institute for Film and Video Art, the Berlinale Forum and Forum Expanded are the independent sections of the Berlinale.

After the Corona pandemic made the original plan of organising an in-person festival in February impossible, the Berlinale is now taking place in two stages: firstly as a digital event from March 1st to 5th, which is aimed at an industry audience with the exception of a few public panel events to be held online. In June, Berlinale audiences will then have the opportunity to see the Berlinale selection in cinemas and at open-air screenings.

 

december 2020, berlinale forum

Berlinale 2021 Will Be a Festival in Two Stages

Industry Online Offer in March / Public Event in June

Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the 71st Berlin International Film Festival has developed a new festival format for 2021 and is pleased to be able to hold the festival for the industry and the public. The industry platforms European Film Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will kick off the 71st Berlinale in March with an online offer. In June, there will be a summer event with numerous film screenings for the public audiences – in cinemas as well as open air. The division allows to maintain the two supporting pillars: film market and festival.

december 2020, berlinale forum

Radical Cinema, Then and Now

Online Panel Discussion

As part of the film series Comes the Revolution: The Berlinale Forum at 50 that is showing from December 14 to 20, the German Film Office presents a panel discussion on radical cinema in the 1970s, its legacy, and the continued importance of political filmmaking today. With Josh Siegel, curator of the film series, Berlinale Forum section head Cristina Nord, filmmakers Nuotama Bodomo and Rosa von Praunheim, and festival director Annouchka de Andrade. Moderated by film scholar Yasmina Price.

 

The discussion takes place on December 18, 2020 at 2pm. Register here.

 

november 2020

51st Berlinale Forum

For film industry representatives, the 51st Berlinale Forum will take place from March 1–5, 2021 during the European Film Market of the 71st Berlin International Film...

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