The Berlin Film Festival will go ahead next February as planned despite the COVID-19 pandemic, its organizers said on Monday, as Germany battles a surge in infections linked to returning holidaymakers, large family gatherings, and nightlife.
The film festival, also known as the Berlinale, is being planned as a physical festival while a hybrid model of virtual and on-site events is intended for the European Film Market (EFM) event running at the same time, the organizers said in a statement.
The EFM is the business center of the Berlinale and is one of the largest international film market events in the world.
The festival will take place Feb. 11-21 and will observe the health guidelines in place then so that the greatest possible security can be guaranteed for all guests, they said.
“Adjustments in the festival structure, the film programming and the total number of invited films will be defined by the festival management within the coming weeks,” it added.