Also known as the Berlin International Film Festival, the Berlinale is Germany's most significant film event and draws thousands of industry insiders and celebrities each year.
The Berlinale takes place in the German capital each year in February, presenting some 400 German and international films and drawing nearly 500,000 visitors. It was founded in 1951 and has become Germany's premiere cinema event. The 10-day festival, which has been directed by Dieter Kosslick since 2001, culminates in the presentation of the Golden and Silver Bear awards.
A documentary about the lives of soldiers in Afghanistan post-NATO has recieved the Amnesty International Film Award, one of the independent jury prizes at the Berlinale. The jury praised the film's "powerful images."