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The 2021 Berlin Film Festival Will Be Held Virtually


At one time, the 71st Berlin Film Festival was being planned. The one-man festival, held in February, was always a long shot, but hope sprung eternal. According to sources, this expectation has gone away.

The number of German epidemics is going in the wrong direction, so there are plans not only to delay the Fest in Berlin but instead, to be held virtually. Not what they clearly expect, but it is clearly the right call without question. Berlin 2021 will be another festival that takes place in our homes, as opposed to a central location.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the powers that be in Berlin are to announce in the coming days that the festival is going to be held virtually. The COVID number in Germany makes a clear-cut decision, even though the festival’s programmers expected an in-person meeting. Unfortunately, that won’t happen next year, except for something unexpected …


Here’s a little bit from the story of THR:

The Berlin Film Festival is expected to announce this week that it will push back the dates for its 71st edition, originally scheduled for February 11, 2021, and will run only as an online-event.

As COVID-19 infection rates have soared in Germany in recent weeks, speculation has intensified that Berlin will be forced to relocate or go virtual.

On Wednesday, Germany closed with complete lockouts, schools, and all non-essential shops and businesses.

Festival sources are quoted as saying that Berlin will transfer the 2021 edition in early March and go online. The European Film Market (EFM), the industry event that runs parallel to Berlinale, is expected to follow suit.

EFM had already announced plans to include online screenings and market events in the 2021 edition but also expected to have some form of physical presence as well. That seems unlikely now.


In place of the regular festival, Berlin reportedly wants to watch its main competition segment only on online screens and to hold a mini-festival with an on-site premiere in the German capital this summer. The model would be a three-day celebration of Cannes last October, wrapped as France entered its second lockdown.

It is understandable that Berlinwale plans to push the April festival and hold a one-man event, but the festival’s government that offers plenty of festival funding — which raises uncertainty around coronavirus infection rates Given not committed and how effective Germany will have its second lockdown.

April will probably be too early for international audiences, in any case, making the 71st Berlin a largely European affair. A later date may also conflict with the Cannes festival, which is still tentatively scheduled for May but is planned to move in late June or early July if COVID conditions are not favorable.


The film industry will, in any case, prefer the US film market at the mid-point of this year (in November) to the market in November and the Cannes market, virtual or not, in late spring or early in the first quarter of the market. heat.

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