The Berlinale has introduced a 25% price hike for festival accreditation for next year’s film festival (Feb 6-16).

The charge for the general festival accreditation has increased from €100 to €125.

While the special “early bird” discount of €100 will again operate for a limited period until Nov 30 for the market badge (€200 instead of €300) or the combined festival accreditation and market badge (€325 instead of €425), the standard festival accreditation remains at the new regular rate of €125 until the deadline of Jan 6, 2014.

All three badge categories incur a late fee of €50 for any registrations made from Jan 7 onwards.

Germany’s arthouse cinemas association AG Kino-Gilde, which represents 307 cinema-owners operating a total 544 screens and also has a number of distributors as members, reacted to the news of the price increase by calling on festival director Dieter Kosslick to waive the higher charge for arthouse cinema-owners and to improve the availability of tickets for professionals from the cinema sector.

Innovation at EFM 2014

The European Film Market (EFM) announced that the 2014 edition will see trailers of films screening at the market having the possibility of being streamed in HD (720p) quality on the EFM website.

The trailers will be embedded in the official EFM screening schedule and are accessible for all registered EFM participants from the end of Jan 2014.