Film Studies at the Berlin Film Festival

Key Information


Application Deadline: 23/10/23 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007873


Departure Date: 18/02/24

Return Date: 24/02/23


£450: the estimated cost for flights and accommodation (excluding the DMU Global bursary). Students will also be required to pay for: in-country travel (£25), Festival pass (approximately £70), food and drink, visa (if applicable)


DMU Global Bursary: £150


Accommodation: Hostel accommodation will be booked by DMU, with students in shared rooms

Travel: Flights will be booked by DMU


General Enquiries: Global Mobility Office -

Trip Lead: Laraine Porter -

How to pay

Payment details: Students will be required to pay £300 as a contribution towards the cost of travel and accommodation after being offered a place on the trip. The DMU Global bursary will be deducted directly from the overall cost of the booking.

Carbon Levy

Student contribution: To offset the carbon emissions from the flight for this trip there is a £3 Carbon Levy for this trip which has been added to the total cost. Information about how this Levy will be used can be found here.


Level 4, 5 and 6 Film and Media Studies students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 30 places available, with a minimum of 15 participants required for this opportunity to take place. Students are recommended to check the eligibility criteria before applying.


Trip description

Students will be able to attend screenings, workshops and masterclasses as part of the Berlin Film Festival which runs between 15 to 25 February 2024 in cinemas and venues around Berlin. They will have the opportunity to purchase delegate passes in advance which will give them free access hundreds of film screenings and events as part of a self-guided itinerary which to reflect their own study paths and cinematic tastes etc.

The Berlinale, now in its 74th year, is one of the biggest film festivals in the world and hosts the European Film Market which students will have the opportunity to visit and witness how films are bought and sold for international distribution. The Festival is very student-friendly and offers world premieres of new films alongside archive and classic cinema strands. It attracts directors and film professionals from around the world and many do masterclasses and introduce their films. Students will also have the opportunity to network with industry professionals and to get a very good sense of the kinds of jobs and roles that the industry supports.

The estimated total cost for flights, accommodation and transfers for this trip to Berlin is £450. Students will be expected to pay the remaining amount after the £150 DMU Global bursary is deducted from the total.

Learning objectives

Participating in a DMU Global opportunity can help you develop knowledge, skills and competencies that enhance your studies. The objectives of this trip to Berlin are:

  • To experience at first hand one of the worlds biggest and most important film festivals as a professional delegate
  • To develop an understanding of how film festivals function both in economic terms as global film markets and in cultural terms as celebrations of international cinema.
  • To experience a diverse range of world cinema across multiple different genres and forms including films from different cultures and those which would not normally get a release in British cinemas or streaming platforms
  • To get an understanding of the history and development of the Berlin Film Festival from its inception in 1950 and its role in the post-WWII rehabilitation and reconstruction of German culture and cinema and in subsequent Cold War politics.

Before the trip to Berlin, students will have briefings on the Festival and suggestions for places of interest to ensure that they make the best of their time in Berlin. Films may be booked online and in advance of the Festival to ensure that students make the most of their time there and gain access to their preferred choice of films and events.

They will learn in advance about the history and development of the Festival and the history of Berlin in terms of its divided politics including the building and demolition of the Berlin Wall. Film Studies students will also have the opportunity to take subsequent modules on Film Festivals including working with Phoenix Cinema to organise their own film festival in March 2024. Other professional development opportunities working in film and cinema exhibition will be on offer through DMU/Phoenix collaborative events such as the Real Doc Fest.

Cultural activities

Cultural activities are largely centred around the Berlinale Festival which has films and events running from early morning to late into the evening, from archive and restored films to the latest red-carpet releases with film stars and directors in attendance. The Festival is centred around the Potsdamer Platz, but screenings are held in cinemas across the city including in the former East Berlin.

In addition to attendance at Festival events, students will be encouraged to explore key sites in Berlin and to understand how the history of film festival and the history of Berlin itself, are intertwined. Places of significance include the Film Museum (as part of the delegate festival pass), the Holocaust Memorial, Museum Quarter, Alexanderplatz, The Tiergarten and Zoo areas and the Berlin DDR Museum.

Visa Information

Due to various external factors and an unprecedented demand for international travel, there are significant delays in visa processing, as well as very limited availability of application appointment slots for some countries and embassies.

We recommend that you take all appropriate steps to secure a visa as soon as practically possible, and to notify DMU Global if you face any issues. It is your responsibility to meet the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. Failing to do so may mean that you’re liable for the costs incurred to the university (including repayment of the DMU Global bursary).