The 71st Berlinale will take place physically in February 2021. They are working on a concept for "the greatest possible security for all guests".
The Berlinale 2021 should take place – physically. The festival management announced this on Monday (August 24th) on the official website of the Berlin International Film Festival. Accordingly, the festival should take place as planned from February 11 to 21, 2021. The implementation of how "the greatest possible security for all guests" can be guaranteed is still being worked on. More details, such as the number of films loaded, will be determined in the coming weeks.
It is said that the European Film Market accompanying the Berlinale will also be held. A hybrid model is planned here, however. Further information has not yet been released. Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, the directing duo of the Berlinale, are delighted "that festivals are slowly taking place around the world with an audience on site". In times of the pandemic it has once again "become clear how much we also need analogue experience spaces in culture".
Introduction of gender-neutral categories
A total of eight prizes will be awarded as part of the Berlinale 2021 – for the first time not separated by gender. The prizes for the best actor and the best actress result in the gender-neutral "Silver Bear for Best Acting Performance".