ALFILM – The Arab Film Festival Berlin is, in Germany, the largest festival that provides a platform to the diverse Arabic cinema. The festival focuses on artistically and thematically outstanding films from the Arab World. ALFILM is a non-commercial film festival that has been organised yearly since 2009 by the non-profit organisation makan – Center for Arab Film, Arts and Culture. 

ALFILM presents feature films, documentaries and short movies coming from or produced in Arab countries at different venues in Berlin – many of which are German or European premieres. The OFFICIAL SELECTION gather a selection of new releases (fiction, documentary and short movies) from the last three years.

The SPOTLIGHT section includes contemporary and historical Arabic films which are curated thematically, as for instance “Palestinian Cinema” (2009), “Migration” (2010), “Humour in Arab film” (2011), “Youth’s culture and political change” (2012) and “Of flesh and light – the body in the Arabic cinema” (2014).

Moreover, the festival devotes extensive retrospectives to the work of eminent filmmakers and artists from the Arabic cinema, panel discussions, performances, lectures as well as children screenings.

Any feature film, documentary or short movie presenting at least one of the following characteristics is eligible to be presented at the festival, as long as it is not older as three years:

I) Directed by an Arab;

II) (Co-) produced in an Arab country,

III) Based on an Arab-world-related theme,

More info about past festivals can be found in the Archives.