Anna Hoffmann studied cultural anthropology and film and theatre science at the university of Hamburg, although the real school of film was the Hamburg cinemathèque Metropolis where she started at the box office while still attending university and later became a programmer. Then gathered first film festival experience as a programmer for the EUROPEAN LOW BUDET FILM FORUM in Hamburg (1987-1989). From 1993-1996 she was managing the EUROPEAN DOCUMENTARY FILM INSTITUTE (EDI) in Mülheim/Ruhr, after being a freelance film critic and production assistant as well as a translator and subtitler. Since 2000 programmer and programm manager for the Berlinale forum.
Lives with two children in Berlin.
Potsdamer Straße 5
Around 350 films are shown every year as part of the Berlinale's public programme, the vast majority of which are world or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format can be submitted for consideration. The Berlinale is divided into different sections, each with its own unique profile: big international movies in the Competition, independent and art-house productions in Panorama, movies for a young audience in the Kinderfilmfest and its 14plus programme, the most exciting German cinema productions in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, and an in-depth look at films from distant countries and experimental forms in the International Forum of New Cinema. The programme is rounded off by a thematic Retrospective that focuses on the lifework of a great cinema personality. The Berlin International Film Festival sees itself as a showcase for what is happening in cinema. The European Film Market is also part of the festival.