The Berlin Internationa Film Festival has kicked the celebrations for its 60th birthday next year by slashing the price of its Market Badge and European Film Market (EFM) Screening Pass for a limited period.

The festival is cutting the price of the Market Badge by $148 (€100) to $444 (€300) between October 15, when accreditaiton opens, until November 30. It is also reducing the prices of the EFM Screening Pass, which does not include festival accreditation, to $296 (€200) for the same period.

Standard festival accreditation, which grants access to festival screenings based on the availability of cinema tickets as well as to the EFM locations in the Martin-Gropius-Bau and Marriott Hotel, will remain at $148 (€100).

As in previous years, priority access to the Martin-Gropius-Bau and the EFM offices in the Marriott Hotel will be given to holders of the Market Badge, EFM Screening Pass and Multiple Day Pass.  Meanwhile, press accreditation will remain at the 2009 level of $89 (€60).

The festival runs February 11 – 21 2010.