Both selection committees see their selections as a laboratory and a workshop.
The annual selection of around 40 films for the Forum focuses on contemporary international cinema productions and eschews conventional distinctions, such as that between fiction film and documentary.
The Arsenal cinema which opened in 1970 in the district of Schöneberg moved to Potsdamer Platz in 2000.
The close connection between the work of the Arsenal cinema and the festival as well as the film archive that developed from that specific collaboration continues today to be the defining characteristic of both the Arsenal as an institution and the Forum and Forum Expanded section.
The noughties were marked by an expansion of moving images into the public realm.
Digitisation, phone cameras and dissemination on the Internet, as well as the medium of film establishing itself in other art forms, opened the borders of cinema.
The filmmakers and artists participate in wide-ranging discussions with the audience after every screening.
At the lab cinema at the silent green Kulturquartier, where the entire Forum Expanded programme as well as a selection of the Forum programme are presented, post-screening discussions are conducted with those involved in the films themselves as well as additional guests, the idea being to move beyond the individual works and establish broader connections.
The Arsenal’s daily film programme and the numerous guests involved in them enable co-operations to be forged with all branches of culture, science and society.
By including some of the films from the festival in its range, Arsenal’s distribution arm equally fosters long-term collaboration with filmmakers and artists.