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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 1: 2010 - The Berlin Film Festival
Slide 2: 1951 - The Festival Starts
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up
Slide 4: 1958 - The Festival Opens Up
Slide 5: 1961 - A Cultural Divide
Slide 6: 1965 - Different Programs
Slide 7: 1971 - Starting All Over Again
Slide 8: 1974 - Cold War Thaws
Slide 9: 1978 - A New Director, a New Date
Slide 10: 1979 - International Conflict
Slide 11: 1982 - Germany Divided
Slide 12: 1987 - The East Comes West
Slide 13: 1990 - A New Berlin
Slide 14: 1996 - The Festival at Full Tilt
Slide 15: 2000 - An Anniversary and new Home.
Slide 16: 2004 - A Different Type Of German Film
Slide 17: 2006 - An International Duty
Slide 3: 1955 - Germany Steps Up

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.