Guide to the Berlin International Film Festival 2017

Berlinale Palast at the Berlin International Film Festival
••• Berlinale Palast Premiere. Dirk Michael Deckbar@Berlinale 2005

Berlin was once at the center of the film world. It reclaims its throne every February with the International Film Festival (Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin) better known as Berlinale. Acclaimed stars of the silver screen walk the red carpet and thousands of gawkers admire the glitter. In this moment, the global network of cinema shrinks down to totally encompass and enthrall a city.

In 2017, the 67th festival will show around 400 films from 130 countries and sell in excess of 325,000 tickets.

In addition to worldwide premieres, there are awards, forums and the chance to market films for international distribution. This year's festival should continue to grow ever larger as one of the most important events in film every year, and one of the highlights of Berlin's annual festivals

2017 Berlinale Dates

The festival takes place from February 11th to 20th.

  • February 9 - Opening Ceremony
  • February 9 -17 - European Film Market
  • February 11-16 Berlinale Talents
  • February 12-14 - Berlinale Co-Production Market
  • February 18, Closing & Award Ceremony 

A variety of events and screenings take place each day. The full program details the complete calendar of events. Films are generally screened three or four times during the festival so you will have several opportunities to catch your favorites.

Where are the 2017 Berlinale events?

A number of independent theatres throughout Berlin will showcase the world of film.

For example, still glamorous Kino Internationales is an example of optimistic GDR modernism in former East Berlin. It has hosted premieres since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. On the other end, Berlinale Palast in modern Potsdamer Platz hosts the competition premieres and functions as the headquarters of the festival.

Listing of Berlinale Venues.

A map of the venues can be found on the Berlinale site.

Where can you buy tickets for Berlinale 2017?

Advance ticket sales start on February 8 at 10.00 am. Tickets may be purchased 3 days in advance (4 days for repeat screenings of competition films) to the day of the screening. On the day of tickets are only available at the box offices of the cinemas themselves and on www.berlinale.de.

Most tickets will be €11, with admission to competition films at €14 . Ticket purchases may be limited to 2 tickets per event. Tickets may be purchased online or at several sales points throughout the city.

Buy Online

A limited number of tickets can be purchased online. To buy, go to the programme pagey and select the film you would like to see. An "Online Ticket" icon should be present and from there you will be directed to the Eventim site (which requires an "Eventim" account) to purchase.

Tickets can be delivered as mobile tickets, printed at home or picked up between 10:00 and 19:30 at the Online Ticket Pick-up Counter in the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden by showing a printed confirmation and ID.

Note that a processing fee of €1.50 per ticket will be assessed.

Buy Berlinale Tickets at Box Offices

On the day of the screening movie-goers can only purchase tickets at the box offices of the cinemas and online. Tickets are available a half hour before the beginning of the first screening. Note that only cash is accepted.

Buy Berlinale Tickets at Sales Points

Open daily from 10:00 to 20:00, tickets may be purchased at these locations:

  • Potsdamer Platz Arkaden (Alte Potsdamer Straße 7, 10785 Berlin)
  • Kino International (Karl-Marx-Allee 33 (corner of Schillingstraße), 10178 Berlin)
  • Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin)
  • Audi City Berlin (Kurfürstendamm 195, 10707 Berlin)

Purchases can be made by cash, Maestro or credit card.

Discount Tickets to Berlinale

Last minute tickets (half hour before show-time) may be available at Berlinale Palast at a 50% discount. There are also discounts for groups and same-day tickets for pupils, students, persons in federal volunteer service, handicapped people, unemployed people, "Berlin pass" holders and welfare recipients at cinema box offices.