1. Preliminary

The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale) is a business division of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH (KBB GmbH). The Berlinale is funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and Media, in accordance with a resolution of the German Federal Parliament. The European Film Market (EFM) is one of the official sections of the Berlinale.

A precondition of accreditation for the festival and registration for the EFM is the accredited person’s agreement to the participation guidelines. Every breach of the conditions of participation as well as any disregard for security regulations can result in the withdrawal of accreditation and immediate exclusion from all events by the organiser. The organiser reserves the right to assert additional rights.

2. Conditions for Accreditation / EFM Registration

Accreditation / registration enquiries are only processed during the official registration period. Deadlines will be published on the websites of the Berlinale and the EFM.

A requirement for Festival Accreditation / EFM Registration is proof of professional activity in the media or film industry.

The submission of an application does not guarantee accreditation, just as the application is not valid as accreditation/registration for the Festival or the EFM. The organisers serve the right to accept or reject an application.
Further information can be found here: Professional Accreditation (Festival / EFM), Students, On Site Registration (EFM) and Press.

3. Badges

Festival Accreditation / EFM Registration is linked to individual persons and non-transferable. It allows access to areas and screenings at the Berlin International Film Festival and/or the European Film Market, in accordance with the guidelines provided by the Festival and EFM management.

Over the entire duration of the Festival and the European Film Market, an accreditation / EFM badge is required to access the festival areas. Persons without an accreditation / EFM badge can be refused entry by security personnel. Accreditation / EFM badge used by people other than the accreditation / registration holder will be confiscated.

Loss or theft of EFM and Festival accreditation badges must be reported to the Accreditation Counter. The issuance of a new Festival or EFM accreditation badge will result in additional costs. The organisers reserve the right to not issue a replacement accreditation / EFM badge. The EFM Day Pass and Visitor Pass are non-replaceable.

4. Age Restrictions

Persons under the age of 18 are not eligible for accreditation and registration.
Exceptions are made for minors belonging to a festival film team or who only want to attend the programme of the sections Generation 14plus or Generation Kplus. Under-aged film team members or festival participants in the Generation section must be accompanied by an accredited adult at the festival.

5. Payment, Cancellation and Pick-Up

Festival accreditations / EFM badges can be paid for in advance online by one of the following credit cards: MasterCard / EuroCard, American Express or VISA. Upon request, companies and institutions can make collective payments for their employees/representatives via bank transfer.

Refunds of accreditation fees that have already been paid are only possible after cancellation in writing within the specified period.

Festival accreditation badges are handed out at the Accreditation Counters upon presentation of valid personal identification and confirmation of accreditation.

Festival accreditation badges can only be picked up by persons other than the applicant upon presentation of written authorisation.
Any company or person with outstanding debts towards the Festival or the EFM will be refused accreditation/registration until the debts have been paid.

6. Tickets

Cinema tickets are only issued in person upon presentation of an accreditation badge and according to availability. Advanced reservations are not possible. Tickets may only be used by the accredited individual.

Cinema tickets for accredited guests are only available for the current day and the following day. A maximum of one ticket per screening, film and time slot can be provided. There is no right to obtain tickets to particular screenings or films nor to a particular number of tickets. Tickets for accredited festival guests are only valid in combination with an accreditation badge. Accreditation badges must be held ready at the cinema entrance for inspection and tickets will be validated. Tickets that cannot be used must be returned to the respective ticket counter prior to the screening. For expired tickets, there is no possibility to visit another screening of the film, because accredited guests can receive a maximum of one ticket per film / event.

Access to EFM Screenings is granted by showing one of the respective EFM Badges (Market Badge or Buyers Badge).

7. Film and Sound Recordings

Film and sound recordings of any kind by festival guests at film screenings are not permitted. Any infringement can lead to civil and criminal legal action and will result in the visitor being asked to leave the venue.

Film, digital, video or sound recordings that contain any content of a film screening as well as the recording device containing them can be confiscated. The devices can be returned upon the condition that the owner agrees to delete the recordings beforehand.

In light of the necessity to protect from piracy, every participant ensures that he will not steal intellectual property, in accordance with copyright laws and with respect to the resultant rights.

If authorized persons record images and / or sound during a public screening, attendees comply with their possible inclusion in an image and/or sound recording and that these recordings may be broadcast or transmitted to third parties for the purpose of publication without any claim to remuneration.

8. General terms and conditions

Furthermore, the general terms and conditions of Kulturveranstaltungen des Bundes in Berlin GmbH are applicable. In case of contradiction between the above participation guidelines and the general terms and conditions, the former take precedence.

As of 16th October 2018