EU-supported film wins the Golden Bear for Best Film at the 2022 Berlin International Film Festival

The winners of the 72nd edition of the Berlin International Film Festival were announced yesterday evening, with the big winner of the night being Alcarràs, by Carla Simón, which won the Golden Bear for Best Film. This film was supported by the EU’s Creative Europe MEDIA programme for its development. Furthermore, Everything Will Be Ok, by Rithy Pan, another EU-supported film, was awarded the Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution. Three other films are shortlisted under the Panorama section; the winners will be announced at the Teddy Awards ceremony on 18 February. A total of seven EU-supported films were presented in this year’s edition of the festival in several categories, including the official competition, Panorama, Berlinale Generation Feature Films and Berlinale Series.

The 72nd edition of the annual Berlin International Film Festival will take place from 10 to 20 February 2022. Creative Europe MEDIA will once again be present at the festival with a virtual stand, a European Film Forum, side events and some MEDIA-supported films in competition.

The 72nd Berlin International Film Festival is resuming live screenings and premieres with limited attendance to 50% of the capacity, while the European Film Market will gather industry professionals online for the second consecutive year.

MEDIA events at the European Film Market in Berlinale

Europe MEDIA will be present in Berlin to engage with the audiovisual industry through various meetings. The main discussion will take place in the context of the European Film Forum, taking place on 14 February from 9.30am to 11am. The discussions will focus on the current cross-border cooperation to achieve a climate-neutral audiovisual sector.

Creative Europe MEDIA will also give an overview of the different support opportunities and highlight new calls and changes to existing schemes in a session titled ‘Changes to the Development Support in Creative Europe MEDIA’.

MEDIA-supported films

This year, seven films supported by MEDIA on their development will be presented at the festival. Notably, two of them are competing for the Golden Bear. The titles, per category, are:

•    Alcarràs, by Carla Simón
•    Everything Will Be Ok, by Rithy Panh
•    Viens je t’emmène, by Alain Guiraudie
•    Nelly & Nadine, by Magnus Gertten
•    Dreaming Walls, by Amélie van Elmbt and Maya Duverdierhave
Berlinale Generation Feature Films
•    Knor, by Mascha Halberstad
Berlinale Series
•    Suspicion, by Michael Blaško

MEDIA-supported initiatives

Berlinale Co-Production Market

The 18th Berlinale Co-Production Market (10-17 Feb) is a five-day event for about 600 international producers, sales agents, distributors as well as broadcasting and funding representatives who are active in international co-productions. The co-production market is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA via the access to markets support-scheme.

Berlinale Talents

200 outstanding creators from the fields of film and drama series are joining the Berlinale Talents, the annual summit and networking platform. The programme features master classes and panel discussions with top-notch experts, project labs and a variety of networking events. Berlinale Talents is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA via its training support-scheme.

European Shooting Stars

Ten promising young actors from across Europe have been selected to be part of the Shooting stars, the flagship programme of the European Film Promotion (EFP). They are presented to the film industry, public and international press during the Berlinale through a series of digital high profile meetings. Shooting stars is supported by Creative Europe MEDIA via the access to markets support-scheme.