The 61st Berlin Film Festival (Berlinale), an 11-day film industry event, will start on February 10, 2011 in Berlin. This cultural event boasts the largest film festival audience in the world. The event will draw film lovers, film professionals, filmmakers and media community from across the world, as it happens for other great film festivals, such as the International Film Festival in Rome.
Approximately 400 films, covering an assortment of genres divided into seven sections, will be shown. Competition section will focus on big banner international movies. Panorama will present art-house and independent productions. Generation will feature movies produced for young audiences. Perspektive Deutsches Kino will show German films. The focus of Forum will be on experimental films and films from “distant” nations. Berlinale Shorts will explore cinematic possibilities. Classic films will be rediscovered in Retrospective.
Culinary Cinema 2011, scheduled for Feb 13-17, boasts interesting and entertaining activities, as well as excellent drinks, and a good film. During the Culinary Cinema event, you’ll be able to enjoy films focusing on ecological and culinary subjects and participate in discussions on culinary matters. Moreover, there’ll be a sample menu inspired by a culinary film at Gropius Mirror restaurant.
Photographers aged 20-25 can submit their Berlinale pictures to win an award at the closing ceremony.
The Berlinale Talent Campus will facilitate an interaction between seasoned and aspiring young film professionals. The campus will host discussions, lectures and workshops. Many of these activities will also be open for public.
The European Film Market (EFM), an important part of the Berlinale, takes place in Martin-Gropius-Bau (MGB), EFM Marriott Offices and Stands. Here, film buyers, distributors, producers and sales agents meet and network. They sign agreements and deals for film financing, distribution, production and promotion. Quality film products are traded.
During Berlinale, selected talented film professionals will be honored with prestigious awards. The best short film award ceremony is scheduled for February 19, 2011.
Best films from the Competition section will receive the Golden and Silver Bears.
The best film that “opens new perspectives in the art of filmmaking” will be awarded Alfred Bauer Prize.
A debut film will be picked from five sections- Competition, Forum, Generation, Panorama or Perspektive Deutsches Kino- for the Best First Feature Award.
Youth and children’s juries will award Crystal Bears for the best films from the Generation section.
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Hotel Berlin, Berlin
The luxury 4 star Hotel Berlin to located close to many of the Western Berlin attractions such as Kurfürstendamm boulevard, and East Berlin sites such as Potsdamer Platz; Spree River is one block away.
Hotel Kurfürst, Berlin
Hotel Kurfürst is a 3 star hotel located in the heart of Berlin, close to museums, theatres, galleries, the fair grounds and the train station.
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