Berlinale (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) will take place for the 70th time this year. The festival has a rich history: it was created in 1951, at the beginning of the Cold War. Shaped by the post-war period and the unique situation of a divided city, the Berlinale has developed into a place of intercultural exchange and a platform for the critical cinematic exploration of social and political issues.

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.

However, the festival offers much more than film within its unique profile. 

Apart from the Competition (the festival’s centrepiece and screens), Berlinale also offers workshops, panel discussions and joint projects to encourage collaboration between all the participants. With British film and theatre actor Jeremy Irons serving as Jury President, the International Jury will decide who will receive the Golden Bear and Silver Bears of the 2020 Berlinale Competition.

The Honorary Golden Bear is awarded to Dame Helen Mirren for her lifetime achievement

The Berlinale Shorts competition radiates the full range of colours, it presents a maximum of 30 international premieres and world premieres to a broad audience.

From February 22-27, Berlinale Talents welcomes 255 Talents and international audiences to its 28 public events. These will feature renowned festival guests such as Helen Mirren and Cate Blanchett, plus experts such as the Oscar- and BAFTA-winning Icelandic musician and composer Hildur Guðnadóttir, who will come together to discuss collective creativity and action. Find 17 UK talents here

official poster of Berlinale 2020, yellow "B" with number 70 written on and the dates of 2020 Berlinale

Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin / State, Agentur für Design, Berlin

actor Jeremy Irons in a black turtleneck

Jeremy Irons, president of the Jury by Antonello & Montesi