Berlin International Film Festival

Key Information


Application Deadline: 31/10/22 at 9:00 am

Opportunity type: Academic-led trips

Faculty: Computing, Engineering and Media

Ref: 10007084


Departure Date: 19/02/23

Return Date: 25/02/23


£450: the estimated cost for flights, accommodation and UK transfers (excluding the DMU Global bursary). Students will also be required to pay for: in-country travel, 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 -


Level 4, 5 and 6 Film and Media Studies students are eligible to participate on this opportunity. There is a maximum of 20 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 take part in the Berlinale International Film Festival, watching a wide selection of films and attending film masterclasses and other cultural events in one of the world’s most vibrant and culturally diverse and historically significant cities. Importantly, participants will have direct experience of attending an international film festival as a professional delegate albeit with a student pass.

This trip will introduce students to global cinema in terms of production, exhibition, distribution, critique and marketing. It will greatly expand their knowledge of how global cinema markets function and alert them to new trends and forthcoming films.

It will also offer students opportunities to network with professionals from across the film industry and from other countries, and give them first-hand experience of how a major international film festival functions. It will greatly increase their awareness of international cinema and expand their horizons, feeding directly into their course project to organise a film festival at Phoenix Cinema.

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 an international film festival through participating as a professional delegate
  • To learn about contemporary global cinema through attending diverse film screenings
  • To learn how international film festivals function as both market places and cultural entities
  • To network with international delegates and industry personnel through participation in industry events and masterclasses

Before the trip to Berlin, students will attend a pre-departure session where they will become familiarised with the key functions of the Berlinale and the different programming and curatorial strands that they can expect to witness. They will also be given wider cultural and historical information which sites the Festival in the history of Europe since WWII.

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.

COVID-19 information

Travel to Germany is permitted according to the travel rules for England as listed on UK Government website. Students are required to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 vaccine prior to travel. Further guidance can be found on the FCDO webpage for Germany.

All students that are offered a place on this DMU Global opportunity will receive further COVID-19 advice and guidance by email and in pre-departure briefing sessions. More details and COVID-19 Travel Information can be found here.