Berlin Film Festival to go ahead next February despite pandemic

Berlin Film Festival to go ahead next February despite pandemic
The festival will take place Feb. 11-21. (Shutterstock)
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Updated 25 August 2020

Berlin Film Festival to go ahead next February despite pandemic

Berlin Film Festival to go ahead next February despite pandemic

BERLIN: 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 festival, which will take place Feb. 11-21,  has also announced that its performance awards will be gender-neutral. 

“We believe that not separating the awards in the acting field according to gender comprises a signal for a more gender-sensitive awareness in the film industry,” festival directors said in a joint statement.