This year’s Berlinale will feature some thousand screenings of 400-plus films over 61 screens (plus one IMAX screen) and 25 venues... but getting your tickets isn’t as dizzying a task as you might expect! Advance sales kicked off this morning, February 8 at 10am, including tickets for Friedrichstadt-Palast and HAU screenings, the “Culinary Cinema” programme, “Berlinale Goes Kiez” and the post-awards Publikumstag (Feb 21).
All other tickets go on sale three days in advance at venue box offices, at Eventim ticketing offices like KOKA36 (for a €2 surcharge) and on the Berlinale website (for a €1.50/ticket processing fee). Beware: only a limited number of tickets are sold online, and except for the family-friendly Generation section, you’ll only be able to buy two tickets at a time.
You can also try your luck and at the box-office on the day of the event. Any remaining tickets go on sale half an hour before the screenings. However, make sure to look up the box-office of your venue beforehand as some have their own schedules for selling left-over tickets. After you get your tickets, you can certainly expect a diverse audience: the Berlinale showed their support for non-profit refugee aid programmes by handing out a number of free tickets to refugees and the volunteers accompanying them this year.
Full programme and details at www.berlinale.de.