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Berlinale Palast

The Berlinale is returning to its normal dates in 2021 after shifting to a later slot next year to accommodate the Oscars and Baftas.

The 71st Berlin International Film Festival will take place from February 11-21, 2021.

This is in line with its usual position in the calendar, a slot that had to be changed for the upcoming 2020 festival when it was announced that the Oscars ceremony was moving two weeks earlier to February 9.

The new Berlinale dates also reflect the Oscars move back to its traditional slot in 2021, when the ceremony is set to be held February 28.

Next year’s Berlinale will run February 20 to March 1 and marks the first under artistic director Carlo Chatrian, who takes over from longtime chief Dieter Kosslick.

Key dates


  • Baftas: February 2
  • Oscars: February 9
  • Berlinale: February 20 - March 1


  • Baftas: February 14
  • Berlinale: February 11-21
  • Oscars: February 28


  • Baftas: February 13
  • Oscars: February 27
  • Berlinale: TBC