The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is being reorganized, and a feature film and short film will feature a third competition program from 2020, and two sections will be discontinued, the new management of the festival said on Tuesday.
According to Carlo Chatrian’s artistic director and managing director of Mariette Rissenbeek, the 2020 jubilee, 70. The Encounters competition program will be introduced in Berlin, according to their announcement as “aesthetically and formally unusual works by independent filmmakers”.
The purpose of Encounters is “to support the cinema’s new voices and to broaden the range of narrative and documentary forms in the official program”. Its creation is justified by the fact that “through the technological and economic changes of the 21st century, it has transformed film production in many ways, made the boundaries between the feature film and the documentary, film and genre film more transparent,” he added.
A maximum of 15 works can be included in the new program, films with a minimum playing time of 60 minutes will compete for three prizes – the best film, the best, the jury’s special prize – the three-member jury will decide on the award.
One of the first decisions of the Italian-Dutch duo officially taken over from June 18 by Dieter Kosslick, who left Berlinale in charge of the post of director of the festival, is to cease the artistic and anthropological creations of Kulinarisches Kino section on contemporary cinema. A section called NATIVe featuring films about indigenous and natural peoples.
Berlinale is the world’s largest film audience festival, and is one of the most important in the A-category film festivals along with Cannes and Venice. This year, it had almost 487 thousand visitors and had a budget of EUR 26 million (HUF 8.4 billion). Ildikó Enyedi won the show for the Hungarian film cinema in 2017, and she won her main prize, the Golden Bear in 2017.