This has led to the creation of a living archive of 10,000 films from around the world which redefines perceptions of film history.
In 2000, the Friends moved with the Berlinale to Potsdamer Platz.
Since then, the Forum has gone on to write film history.
Numerous directors who later gained large-scale international recognition were given a platform for their debut films here.
Today, these texts can be found on the Arsenal website where PDF files of each year’s texts are also archived.
The Forum and Forum Expanded also publish a comprehensive brochure comprising information on all the films and works in the programme as well as further in-depth reading and background information.
The Forum introduced something new to the Berlinale, a discursive cinema culture characterised by intensive audience discussions and comprehensive accompanying publications in place of glamour and the red carpet.
From the very beginning, when films were shown at the Forum, this has also included the subtitling of film prints or files, copies of which have then regularly been kept by Arsenal and added to its distribution range after the festival has ended.
Ever since its foundation in 1971, the Forum has published detailed supplementary information on the works shown in its programme.
The loose-leaved “Forumsblätter” (“Forum Film Sheets”) issued in its early years are legendary.