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Top 10 Berlinale Film Festival Tips

Get the Most Out of the Berlin Film Festival

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The Berlin International Film Festival, called "Berlinale", takes place every February in Berlin and is one of the most exciting events in Germany.

Get ready for two weeks packed with movies, stars, glamour, and parties; to make the most out of your Berlinale, read our festival tips.

Visitor's Guide to the Berlin Film Festival 2013

1. Buy Your Ticket in Advance

Movie tickets can be purchased 3 or 4 days before the screening, so don't wait until the last minute to avoid sold out shows.
All films will be screened three or four times during the festival; weekday mornings or early afternoons are a great time to watch your top picks, because crowds are much smaller.

2. Saving Money at the Berlinale

Berlinale tickets are usually between 7 and 11 Euro, but if you can, wait until the last day of the festival. At the "Berlinale Kinotag", you can watch all films for only 6 Euros.

3. Watch an Unusal Film

The Berlin Film Festival is a great place to watch films you would never see anywhere else. Coming from countries around the world and in all genres, seize this opportunity to see the best of world cinema.

4. Bundle Up

Bundle up to get from one theater to the next: Berlin can be freezing in February. Potsdamer Platz, the heart of the Berlin Film Festival, is an especially windy spot.

5. Early Bird Catches the Movie

Having a ticket doesn't necessarily guarantee you a good seat (or, if you are in a group, seats next to each other). Expect lines in front of the theaters, so come at least 30 minutes before the film starts.

6. Meet the Cast and Crew

After many Berlinale screenings, the director and main cast of the film will be on hand for a Q&A. Don't plan anything right after your film and stay for these interesting talks (lasting between 15 and 30 minutes).

7. More Than Films: Attend a Special Event

The Berlinale shows more than 400 international films each year - but wait, there is more than that:

Check out the Berlinale Talent Campus, where you can meet young filmmakers from all over the world and visit lively talks, workshops and panels with A-list actors and directors.
Follow your tastebuds to the Culinary Cinema, which combines movies with fine dining; an exquisite menu, inspired by a film, is served by some of Germany's top chefs.

8. Celebrity Spotting

Get your daily dose of celebrity on the red carpet just outside the Berlinale Palast (Marlene-Dietrich Platz 2). Another way to see your favorite actor is to take in a cup of coffee at the Hotel Hyatt, just opposite of the Berlinale Palast, where the festival hosts its VIPs.

9. Where to Eat

Need some energy for the next film? There are plenty of restaurants, eateries and café chains at Potsdamer Platz; for a cheap snack, check out the basement floor of the shopping mall "Arkaden", where you'll find international fast food and German supermarkets.

10. Party at the Berlinale

The Berlinale is not only famous for its movies, but also for its buzzing parties. Many Berlin clubs host film parties and celebrate all night long. Check out our Berlin Nightlife Guide and visit the Best Clubs in Berlin to join the party.

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