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The Years of the Berlin Film Festival
Posted February 11, 2010 to photo album "The Years of the Berlin Film Festival"
The Berlinale turns 60 this year. What a strange journey it’s been.
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up
The 1955 Berlinale poster.
Now in its fourth year, the festival made a push to be recognized as a truly international event. With an amped-up publicity budget, the Berlinale framed itself as the “Olympics of Film,” an event where the nations of the world came to compete. Unfortunately since FIAPF (Federation Internationale des Associations des Producteurs des Films) hadn’t granted them international status, the festival was restricted from having a jury vote on the films. Instead from 1952 to 1955, audience members chose the Golden and Silver Bears. Perhaps as a gesture of national pride, audiences picked the first German film, Robert Siodmak’s Die Ratten, to be awarded a Golden Bear.