World-renowned Berlinale festival kicks off in two weeks


Berlinale, one of the leading film festivals in the world, will take place in the German capital next month. Two weeks ahead of the event, mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey met with the festival managing and artistic directors Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian.

Mayor Giffey stated on social media: The 72nd Berlinale is just around the corner: despite and perhaps because of the pandemic, we are setting an example for culture in the city. From February 10 to 16, the festival will once again be an important engine for the international film industry.

My guests were Mariette Rissenbeek and Carlo Chatrian, the managing director and artistic director of the Berlinale, who with their team are managing the festival this year in consultation with the Senate Chancellery under special hygiene rules and strict conditions, mayor Franziska Giffey further stated.

It was previously announced that one of the most reputable festivals in the world will take place this year as an in-person event. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s Berlinale was held in a virtual format. 

Mayor Giffey stated that this year, all festival screenings will be under the 2G plus rule, meaning that only vaccinated and recovered people who received a Covid-19 booster shot or have a negative test can attend. Furthermore, there will also be a 50% capacity restriction during the event.

2022 Berlinale will include 210 feature-length and 45 short films. Francois Ozon’s Peter Von Kant will be the festival’s opening film. The jury lineup for the 2022 edition of the festival was also recently confirmed, with Indian-American filmmaker and actor M Night Shyamalan being the chairman of the Competition Jury.

Mayor of Berlin Franziska Giffey is also set to welcome the members of the international jury at the Red City Hall (Rotes Rathaus) on February 14th. (photo credit: Screenshot/