The curtain is rising for the 69th Berlin International Film Festival. Until 17 February 2019, the focus in Berlin will be entirely on cinema. The largest global film festival that is open to the public brings filmmakers from all over the world, international cinema stars and emerging talents to the German capital
Authentic images and unusual stories
The Federal Foreign Office has supported the Berlinale for many years. In cooperation with the World Cinema Fund, for example, the Federal Foreign Office promotes film production in regions where the film and cinema infrastructure is not adequately developed. This enables the production of films which, through their unusual content and stories and their special appeal, convey an authentic picture of the regions they portray.
Filmmakers from African countries receive support, for example through the Africa Hub, which brings together African filmmakers and German producers. The aim is to give African film culture greater international prominence.
The Federal Foreign Office also supports equal opportunities for women in the film industry. At a conference with the ProQuote Film initiative and its international partner organisations, which have set themselves the goal of increasing the proportion of women in all areas of film production, Minister of State for International Cultural Policy at the Federal Foreign Office Michelle Müntefering declared:
“We want to discuss how we can finally achieve parity in the area of film. For I believe that the question of equality will be one of the central issues of this year’s Berlinale.”
A festival with a strong message: “The private is political”
The magic of the Berlinale lies in its diversity: all genres are represented, from feature film to artistic experiment. At the same time, the programme reflects a wide range of perspectives, stances and ways of life. Over these days, Berlin cultivates even more than usual its image as a place of interaction and dialogue, of artistic and cultural exchange. People from all over the world come together, united by one thing – their passion for film and art.
Yet the Berlinale also always sends out strong and significant political messages, this year specifically with the motto “The private is political”.