Founded in West Berlin in 1951 and celebrated annually in February since 1978, the 68th outing of Europe’s best-respected film festival, will kick off at the Berlinale Palast on 15th February with the world premiere of Wes Anderson’s film Isle of Dogs, the first animated film to ever open the Berlinale, and “a film that will capture audiences’ hearts with its Wes Anderson charm,” says Festival Director, Dieter Kosslick. Generally ranked number two in the world after Cannes, the Berlin’s film festival features over 400 films per year, including a number of international or European premieres. Films of every genre, length and format find their place in the various sections: great international cinema in the Competition, independent and art house in Panorama, films for young audiences in Generation, new discoveries and promising talents from the German film scene in Perspektive Deutsches Kino, avant garde, experimental and unfamiliar cinematography in the Forum and Forum Expanded, and an interesting exploration of cinematic possibilities in Berlinale Shorts.