The Berlin International Film Festival, usually called the Berlinale, is a film festival held annually in Berlin, Germany. Founded in West Berlin in 1951, the festival has been held every February since 1978. With around 300,000 tickets sold and 500,000 admissions each year, it has the largest public attendance of any annual film festival.
Up to 400 films are shown in several sections across cinematic genres. Around twenty films compete for the festival's top awards, called the Golden Bear and several Silver Bears. The festival is composed of seven different film sections. Films are chosen in each category by a section director with the advice of a committee of film experts.
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