The 71st Berlin International Film Festival has kicked off today, this year in its digital edition due to the coronavirus pandemic. The prestigious nominations include nine EU-supported films and series three of which compete for the highest prize - the Golden Bear: Memory Box by Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Nebenan (Next Door) by Daniel Brühl, and Természetes fény (Natural Light) by Dénes Nagy. The EU supported the development and co-production of these nine titles with an investment of over €750 000 that was awarded through the Creative Europe MEDIA programme.

Berlinale poster edition 2021 with a graphic illustration of a bear wearing glasses on a red background

Targeted to film professionals and media, the Berlinale film festival is hosting the European Film Market, where the Creative Europe MEDIA programme is active with a virtual stand as well as with the European Film Forum. The Forum that will take place online on 2 March will gather various professionals from the industry to discuss the future perspectives for the audiovisual sector in Europe. The Berlinale will run until 5 March, when the winning films will be announced. The second round of this year’s festival, “The Summer Special”, will take place in June 2021 and will open the films to the public and host the official Award Ceremony.

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