The “Berlin International Film Festival” is one of the biggest film related events not only here in Germany, but in the entire world. Since immersive imaging technologies such as 3D, HFR and UHD are implemented in the modern film industry more and more often they have found their way to the Berlinale as well.
The Berlinale is a prestigious film festival which had its debut in 1951 and has been taking place in Berlin annually ever since. Since 2001 Dieter Kosslick is the director of it, who decides on the international jury and on the film nominations. With 335.986 tickets sold and 503.900 visitors only in 2016 the Berlinale is the biggest publicly attended film festival worldwide. This year it is held for the 67th time from the 9th until the 19th of January.
At the same time the festival's own market display the “European Film Market” (EFM) takes place. Producers, salesmen, financiers and representatives of television, home entertainment and new
media can inform themselves about the latest productions and developments in the global film industry and trade film rights as well as cultivate and maintain business contacts. All this is happening under the slogan: “It all starts here”.
The “EFM”, supported by Audi, offers a variety of initiatives focusing on the cinema of the future under the collective term: “EFM Horizon presented by Audi”. It exhibits technological developments and trends relevant to the audio-visual industry. For example last year's visitors were able to participate in VR screenings to experience the new technology.
Like in the past years no 3D films were announced for the competition. Although previously some 3D movies were shown as noncompetitive films like ”Pina” (in 2011) and “Cathedrals of Culture” (in 2014), this year 3D is apparently left out altogether. But nonetheless Berlinale has lots to offer in 2017. Various interesting events were organized such as the “Game <3 Cinema” format in which the two media sectors games and cinema are combined (Friday, February 10, 2017), the “VR NOW Con Business Mixer” where pioneers and experts from the virtual reality trade come together (Monday, February 13, 2017) and “The Next Level of Cinema” where companies can present new film equipment product offers to exhibitors (Tuesday, February 14, 2017).
At the beginning of February the complete program of this year’s Berlinale will be announced. Even though there are seemingly no 3D projects this year, immersive imaging technologies are still an important topic. The 3IT is looking forward to further support the progress of immersive imaging technologies with projects and research in general and is excited about its development and integration at Berlinale in the future.
9th February - 19th February 2017
More information at www.berlinale.de