Code of conduct and anti-discrimination statement

The Berlinale is a unique place of artistic exploration and entertainment. It is one of the largest public film festivals in the world, attracting tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe each year. For the film industry and the media, the eleven days in February are also one of the most important events in the annual calendar and an indispensable trading forum.

The Berlinale believes in the importance of a cohesive global film and media community that is committed to contributing towards a diverse, inclusive, equal and equitable industry founded in the values of artistic excellence, vibrant filmmaking, mutual respect, freedom of speech and progress.

With reference to its visitors, guests, partners and staff, the Berlinale is committed to providing a safe, welcoming and inclusive environment of dialogue and exchange where everyone is treated equally, equitably and respectfully, and where everyone belongs.

As such, the Berlinale does not and will not condone any forms of preferential treatment, discrimination, exclusion, offensive statements or behaviour by its staff, visitors, guests or partners on the basis of ethnicity, religion, geographical origin, skin colour, religious beliefs, sexuality, gender identity, socio-economic class, caste, disability or age. The Berlinale will not tolerate sexism, racism, colourism, casteism, homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia, antisemitism, ableism, fascism as well as any other forms of identity-based and/or intersectional forms of discrimination.

Furthermore, the Berlinale will not tolerate acts of violence, mistreatment or harassment, whether they are verbal, physical, sexual or otherwise towards its staff, visitors, guests and partners.

The Berlinale, consequently, reserves the right to revoke, without notice or refund, accreditations, market badges, day passes or other credentials or access to the Festival, its various entities, events and venues for those who engage in harassment, discrimination, intimidation, violence or related behaviour.