34 | Berlinale » Berlinale KULTURA / CULTURE Industry platforms EuropeanFilm Market, Berlinale Co-Production Market, Berlinale Talents and the World Cinema Fund will jointly kickoff the 71st Berlinale inMarch with an online offer. A summer event will also be held in June, with numerous filmscreenings for public audiences – both in cinemas and outdoors. First established in1951, the Berlin International FilmFestival, also known as the Berlinale, has evolved over the years to become one of the most important international film festivals. It was on 6th June 1951 that AlfredHitchcock’s Rebecca, starring Joan Fontaine, opened the first ever Berlin International FilmFestival at the Titania-Palast cinema inWest Berlin. With much of Berlin then still in ruins as a result of the recent war, Fontaine came to Berlin as the festival’s first “star guest”. The Berlinale struggled to survive in the early years, due to the difficult 70 Y EARS OF T HE F EST I VA L I N B E R L I N It beganwith Hitchcock and Rebecca Due to the ongoing pandemic, part of the 71st Berlin International Film Festival will appear in a new, online format, to be held from 1st to 5th March, while a summer manifestation will take place in June, with numerous film screenings for the public – both in cinemas and outdoors FOTO: MAXOZEROV ISTOCK