Berlinale

Seamless transmission of digital content at one of the
world’s largest film festivals

The Berlin International Film Festival (aka Berlinale) is one of the world’s largest film festivals with over 300,000 paying festival-goers. On the ten days of the festival, there will be more than 2,500 presentations of over 1,100 films at 25 venues with a total of 61 theatres. Since 2014, mostly digital films have been presented in all sections of the festival and the European film market.

With more than a petabyte of data to be transmitted in the course of the festival, a robust, reliable connection between the film office and the theatres is a must. So the organisers of Berlinale were looking for a network provider offering the capabilities needed to meet the festival’s increasing technical requirements.

Colt has been supporting the Berlin International Film Festival for many years as their digital cinema partner. Colt’s Berlin data centre houses the digital heart of Berlinale, where the film data is stored. This data is distributed to the festival’s 16 main venues with a total of 51 theatres via Colt’s optical fibre network.

Colt provides data centre services, network services, data transmission as well as high-availability, high-performance internet access.

Dieter Kosslick, Berlinale director, explained:

We know that Colt focuses on enabling its customers to meet their goals, rather than the purely technological aspects of any project. This philosophy fits excellently with the service understanding of the festival.