Premiering 25 international films each year, the Berlinale unites 7000 film professionals, and 300 000 film goers, in a vortex of colour, energy and creativity.  The competition (link: http://www.berlinale.de/en/presse/pressemitteilungen/wettbewerb/wettbewerb-presse-uebersicht.html), running since 1951, is the linchpin of the festival, promoting interesting cinema and alternative ideas.  Having attracted directing royalty in the past from Jean Luc Goddard (link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Luc_Godard) to Martin Scorcese (link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martin_Scorcese), this year’s competition offers a feast for the eyes selected by festival director

Dieter Kosslick (link: http://www.berlinale.de/en/das_festival/festivalprofil/biographien/biografie-kosslick.html).