|Berlinale Palast at Potsdamer Platz © Berlinale|
The Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale), which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2010, is one of the top four film festivals in Europe. With about 20,000 accredited professionals and over 300,000 tickets sold, it is also one of the world's most popular festivals. While major players and small independent producers meet at the festival's European Film Market,
the Berlinale Talent Campus acts as a springboard for young talents. Participants in the Talent Campus are invited to compete for the Berlin Today Award for Short Films, which is funded by the Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.
German Film Awards and "First Steps"
The German Film Awards are the nation's most prestigious film industry awards and are presented each year at a gala ceremony in Berlin. The "First Steps" young talent award, a film competition for graduating students at German-speaking film schools, is one of the many other sought-after prizes.