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The Berlin International Film Festival ( ), also called the Berlinale, is one of the world's leading film festivals and most reputable media events. It is held in Berlinmarker, Germanymarker. Founded in 1951, the festival has been celebrated annually in February since 1978. With 270,000 tickets sold and over 450,000 admissions it is considered the largest publicly-attended film festival worldwide. Up to 400 films are shown in several sections, representing a comprehensive array of the cinematic world. Around twenty films competing for the awards called the Golden and Silver Bears. Since 2001 the director of the festival has been Dieter Kosslick.

The European Film Market (EFM), a film trade fair held simultaneously to the Berlinale, is a major industry meeting for the international film circuit once a year. The trade fair serves distributors, filmbuyers, producers, financiers and co-production agents. The Berlinale Talent Campus, a week long series of lectures and workshops, gathers young filmmakers from around the globe. It partners with the festival itself and is considered to be a forum for upcoming artists.

The festival, the EFM and other satellite events are attended by around than 20,000 professionals from over 130 countries. More than 4200 journalists are responsible for the media exposure in over 110 countries. At high-profile feature film premieres, movie stars and celebrities are present at the red carpet. The Berlinale has establisheda cosmopolitan character integrating art, glamour, commerce and a global media attention.

The 59th Berlin International Film Festival was held 05 to 15 February 2009 and the 2009 jury was presided by Tilda Swinton.

Awards

A Golden Bear statue
Golden Bear (Goldener Bär)
  • Best Motion Picture
  • Lifetime Achievement ("Honorary Golden Bear")


Silver Bear (Silberner Bär)

Others
  • Panorama Publikumspreis, the Audience Award
  • Berlinale Camera, a special award for services to the Festival
  • A Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the 14plus section of the Generation Competition
  • A Crystal Bear for the Best Film in the children's section of the Generation Competition
  • Teddy Award for films with LGBT topics
  • Shooting Stars Award for young European acting talent, awarded by European Film Promotion


Golden Bear winners

Venues of the festival are spread throughout the central city districts
The Berlinale Palast is the venue for the competition premieres
Around 20.000 professionals from over 130 countries attend the festival every year
The audience has the opportunity to discuss the film with producers & directors after the presentation
Conference after a screenings
In 2009 the Friedrichstadtpalast has become a cinema location
Year Film Director Country of origin
1952 One Summer of Happiness Arne Mattsson Swedenmarker
1953 The Wages of Fear Henri-Georges Clouzot Francemarker/Italymarker
1954 Hobson's Choice David Lean United Kingdommarker
1955 The Rats Robert Siodmak Federal Republic of Germanymarker
1956 Invitation to the Dance Gene Kelly United Statesmarker
1957 12 Angry Men Sidney Lumet United Statesmarker
1958 Wild Strawberries Ingmar Bergman Swedenmarker
1959 The Cousins Claude Chabrol Francemarker
1960 El Lazarillo de Tormes César Ardavin Spainmarker
1961 The Night Michelangelo Antonioni Italymarker/Francemarker
1962 A Kind of Loving John Schlesinger United Kingdommarker
1963 The Devil Gian Luigi Polidoro Italymarker
1964 Reflections Metin Erksan Turkeymarker
1965 Alphaville Jean-Luc Godard Francemarker/Italymarker
1966 Cul-de-Sac Roman Polanski United Kingdommarker
1967 Le départ Jerzy Skolimowski Belgiummarker
1968 Who Saw Him Die? Jan Troell Swedenmarker
1969 Early Works Želimir Žilnik Yugoslavia
1970 N/A N/A N/A
1971 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis Vittorio De Sica Italymarker/W.marker Germanymarker
1972 The Canterbury Tales Pier Paolo Pasolini Italymarker
1973 Distant Thunder Satyajit Ray Indiamarker
1974 The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz Ted Kotcheff Canadamarker
1975 Adoption Márta Mészáros Hungarymarker
1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson Robert Altman United Statesmarker
1977 The Ascent Larisa Shepitko Soviet Unionmarker
1978 Trout José Luis García Sánchez Spainmarker
Ascensor Tomas Munoz Spainmarker
The Words of Max Emilio Martínez Lázaro Spainmarker
1979 David Peter Lilienthal West Germanymarker
1980 Heartland Richard Pearce United Statesmarker
Palermo or Wolfsburg Werner Schroeter West Germanymarker
1981 Hurry, Hurry! Carlos Saura Spainmarker ( with Francemarker)
1982 Veronika Voss Rainer Werner Fassbinder West Germanymarker
1983 Ascendancy Edward Bennett United Kingdommarker
The Beehive Mario Camus Spainmarker
1984 Love Streams John Cassavetes United Statesmarker
1985 Die Frau und der Fremde Rainer Simon East Germanymarker
Wetherby David Hare United Kingdommarker
1986 Stammheim Reinhard Hauff West Germanymarker
1987 The Theme Gleb Panfilov Soviet Unionmarker
1988 Red Sorghum Zhang Yimou Chinamarker
1989 Rain Man Barry Levinson United Statesmarker
1990 Music Box Costa-Gavras United Statesmarker
Larks on a String Jiri Menzel Czechoslovakiamarker
1991 The House of Smiles Marco Ferreri Italymarker
1992 Grand Canyon Lawrence Kasdan United Statesmarker
1993 Woman Sesame Oil Maker Xie Fei Chinamarker
The Wedding Banquet Ang Lee Taiwanmarker/United Statesmarker
1994 In the Name of the Father Jim Sheridan UKmarker/Irelandmarker
1995 The Bait Bertrand Tavernier Francemarker
1996 Sense and Sensibility Ang Lee United Statesmarker/United Kingdommarker
1997 The People vs. Larry Flynt Miloš Forman United Statesmarker
1998 Central Station Walter Salles Brazilmarker (with Francemarker)
1999 The Thin Red Line Terrence Malick United Statesmarker
2000 Magnolia Paul Thomas Anderson United Statesmarker
2001 Intimacy Patrice Chéreau UKmarker (with Francemarker, Germanymarker, Spainmarker)
2002 Spirited Away Hayao Miyazaki Japanmarker
Bloody Sunday Paul Greengrass UKmarker/Irelandmarker
2003 In This World Michael Winterbottom United Kingdommarker
2004 Head-On Fatih Akin Germanymarker/Turkeymarker
2005 U-Carmen eKhayelitsha Mark Dornford-May South Africa
2006
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Grbavica Jasmila Žbanić Bosnia and Herzegovinamarker (with Austriamarker, Germanymarker, Croatiamarker)
2007 Tuya's Marriage Wang Quan'an Chinamarker
2008 The Elite Squad José Padilha Brazilmarker
2009
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The Milk of Sorrow Claudia Llosa Perumarker


Berlinale Talent Campus



Commencing in 2003, the Berlinale has partnered with the Berlinale Talent Campus, which is a winter school for "up and coming filmmakers" that takes place at the same time as the Festival itself. The Talent Campus accepts about 350 applicants each year; the attendees come from around the world, and represent all of the filmmaking professions.

The proceedings include presentations and workshops by distinguished experts, who have included Park Chan-wook, Frances McDormand, Stephen Frears, Dennis Hopper, Jia Zhangke, Walter Murch, Anthony Minghella, Charlotte Rampling, Walter Salles, Ridley Scott, Raoul Peck, Tom Tykwer, Mike Leigh and Wim Wenders. Many of these presentations and lectures are archived, both as videorecordings and transcripts, on the Talent Campus' website.

References

  1. China film wins top Berlin award, BBC News
  2. Most frequented film festivals, filmfestivals.com
  3. , 18 February 2008
  4. Speed Interview with Dieter Kosslick Berlinale Chief, filmfestivalstv.com, 18 February 2008
  5. Berlin Film Festival a market force, Variety, 13. February 2008
  6. Berlin Talent campus wins hearts, fest21.com
  7. 2009 Berlinale Press release, berlinale.de, 18. February 2008
  8. Kosslick zieht positive Berlinale-Bilanz (German), PR-inside.com
  9. Madonna at the Berlinale, Youtube, 19. February 2008
  10. Berlinale Profile, berlinale.de
  11. Berlinale Talent Campus, berlinale-talentcampus
  12. Talent Campus adds to lineup, Variety


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