Posted: 14 April 2014
Current student Fanny Kinsch, who attended the festival, writes: "Airport Berlin-Schönefeld, Wednesday, 12th February 2012, 5:30 pm GMT+1. Sleep starts to claim its first victims while we wait at the gate.
"There is an atmosphere of exhausted satisfaction after our first Berlinale. Getting up at 6 o’clock in the morning to cue for tickets in the cold, not sleeping for more than four or five hours a night - while our adrenaline rush declines the tiredness kicks in.
"The festival experience was intense and inspiring and educational; we saw movies that we wouldn’t usually have seen and had the rare opportunity to attend Q&As with the most of the filmmakers.
"We took advantage of the time between films and talks to discuss our favourite moments, and discovered common interests.
"Meanwhile, Berlin was more than a mere foil; the history of the last century is almost palpable in this patch-worked metropolis that never escaped the back of our heads."
Plans are afoot to attend both Berlin again in 2015 and, sooner, to attend the FEST Film Festival in Portugal in June 2014. Watch this space.
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