berlinale 300Seven South African films were screened at the 65th annual Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale, in the German capital.

The Berlinale is one of the largest festivals in the world and is the largest public film festival in the world. This year, it ran from 5 to 15 February, and the South African films were included in various sections.

Breathe Umphefumlo was in the Out Of Competition section; Coming of Age appeared in the Generation competition 14plus section; and Necktie Youth featured in the Panorama section of the festival. Other films on the programme were Joe Bullet and Umbango, in the Special Screenings section. Abaabi ba boda boda and Black President, which were co-produced by South Africa production houses, were also shown at the Berlinale.

Its public programme features about 400 films a year, mostly international or European premieres. An estimated 20 000 professionals from 124 countries visit the festival, including about 3 700 journalists. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections.

The Berlinale regularly organises a programme of special presentations that open up new perspectives, provide insight into key themes, make new connections, and explore realms where film intersects with other creative disciplines.

It is a source of inspiration in the global film community. There are film programmes, workshops, panel discussions, and joint projects with other social and cultural actors. The forms of co-operation and the possibilities for creative interaction are numerous.

The most important meeting point of the festival is the European Film Market, where an estimated 400 companies and more than 8 000 professionals from 95 countries build and foster contacts, strengthen their position in the industry or negotiate film rights.

Source: staff reporter
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