Berlinale ticket sales hit new record

Screenings held at local cinemas helped boost attendance

Local audiences gave the Berlin International Film Festival the best birthday present it could hope for in its 60th year, buying 270,000 tickets for festival screenings, a new record.

"Again we are celebrating the Berlinale as the largest film festival for the public in the world," said festival director Dieter Kosslick.

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The box office boost was largely a result of the festival's new program "Berlinale Goes Kiez," in which Berlinale screenings were held outside the festival headquarters on Postdamer Platz and taken to cinemas in local neighborhoods (or "Kiez") across the city.