Dancing Bears: A Photographic Look at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival
by Alex Billington
February 13, 2015
A film festival is more than the films they play. It's all the people who attend, the atmosphere, the venues, the markets, the celebrities, the onlookers. As a member of the press attending festivals to see films, that's usually the focus of our coverage (and most coverage out there). But when I attend festivals there's so much more going on around me and I love these festivals because of the feeling in the air. The love for film that wafts through the air, the decorations and cinematic quirks hidden on every street, the crowds and people, the elegant venues turned into movie palaces. Obviously it's best to just come to the festival and experience it yourself, but I always try to capture this feeling in photos during the festival. Here's a look at Berlinale.
This is my second year attending the Berlin Film Festival, better known as "Berlinale", and I've grown very fond of the festival. It's an exhausting follow-up to Sundance (which we cover in January), but it's a historic festival that runs very smoothly. They've been showing some great films over the last few years, stepping up their game with content at the forefront, and I'm glad to be here to see films for a week. Along the way I've been snapping photos and posting them to Instagram as @abillington. Here's a quick look at the festival:
A few extra photos below from my friend Kenji Fujishima who was also covering Berlinale as a critic for Slant Magazine. These are a few more shots from his Instagram (@kenjfuj) embedded with permission.
As promo for the festival, Berlinale is hosting a special "Berlinale Moments" website that curates content including photos and tweets (I'm in there a few times!). For more images, click below or visit the site here.
Thanks for following and checking out these photos. I hope they've provided a good look at this film festival.
The Berlin Film Festival, currently in its 65th year, uses the iconic Berlin bear for its logo and its top prize is called the "Golden Bear". The bear in the festival logo kind of looks like he's dancing (I think so, no?) and he can be seen all over the city. This festival is very much the major film festival of Germany, and cinephiles from all over the country (and all over Europe) attend every year. This is their time to fall into the world of cinema, and go crazy over films big and small, and it's fun to get a sense of that feeling – like the entire country is excited about independent and experimental film. The venues are spread all over the city and it feels like all of Berlin is in on the festival fun. I'm so glad I came back this year, and I hope to be back soon.