Berlin fest breaks attendance record

Film fans nabbed 303,077 tickets


The Berlin Film Festival drew a record turnout this year, attracting more festgoers than ever before, underscoring the event’s increasing popularity with cinephiles.

The Berlinale, which ran Feb. 7 to 17, sold 303,077 tickets, up 1.2% from last year’s 299,362.

Despite the current economic situation, fest organizers reported industry participation remained constant: nearly 19,630 accredited visitors from 124 countries, including 3,694 journos.

The European Film Market also boasted a greater number of exhibitors, who saw brisk sales for competition films including Richard Linklater’s “Before Midnight,” Chilean Sebastian Lelio’s “Gloria” (which won a Silver Bear for actress Paulina Garcia), and Guillaume Nicloux’s French drama “The Nun,” as well as pics from other fest sections, such as Belgian Felix Van Groeningen’s Panorama player “The Broken Circle Breakdown.”

Some 400 films screened at the fest, while more than double that number — 816 films — unspooled at the EFM, including nearly 600 market premieres. More than 8,000 participants from 95 countries attended the EFM.

Filed Under:

Want to read more articles like this one? SUBSCRIBE TO VARIETY TODAY.
Post A Comment 0

Leave a Reply

No Comments

Comments are moderated. They may be edited for clarity and reprinting in whole or in part in Variety publications.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

More Film News from Variety