Ultra-stable websites with multimedia features: interactive tools develops user-centred web presence for the Berlinale and the EFM

More than just a corporate website


The Berlinale is one of the most important film festivals worldwide. Every year, film professionals and fans flock to Berlin from all over the world. At the beginning of the film festival, the Berlinale website receives an enormous number of visitors. In relaunching the corporate website, interactive tools developed an ultra-stable solution for clients.



Design, Usability, Information architecture


FirstSpirit CMS, PHP/Symfony, Front- & Backend, Application programming , Searchtechnology/Solr


Simple and customised with the FirstSpirit CMS

As a technical service provider, we implemented the relaunch of the Berlinale’s corporate website. Using the FirstSpirit CMS, we guaranteed high stability – this meant the website functioned reliably even when traffic was extremely high.


[Translate to Englisch:] Ansicht der optimierten Programmhinweise mit nutzerfreundlicher Suchfunktion

In addition to back-end and front-end services, we developed some special personalised options. Firstly, users can now purchase festival tickets directly from their personalised online calendars. Secondly, we provide film creators with access to the site so that they can directly submit film contributions to the Berlinale and the European Film Market. And there’s more: we optimised the programme display to provide a user-friendly search function, simplified the filter function using icons and, finally, we implemented interactive features and content elements for the Berlinale.


Making Berlinale and EFM mobile

We developed a user-centred mobile website for the Berlinale and the European Film Market. We not only adapted the core functions of the internet portal for use on mobile end devices, but also went further and created iPhone apps for the Berlinale and the EFM. Our focus here was to achieve the greatest possible level of usability.


[Translate to Englisch:] European Film Market-Portal auf Desktop und Smartphone

Responsive relaunch for EFM portal

The European Film Market takes place during the Berlinale and is among the largest market places in the film sector. interactive tools carried out the responsive relaunch of the extranet portal for the EFM, which involved developing a future-proof technical basis for Desktop and all mobile devices. To make this happen, we transferred the standard approach to the integration of dynamic applications in FirstSpirit over to the PHP world, enabling editors to seamlessly and flexibly integrate dynamic applications. The system and software architecture serves as a blueprint for the Berlinale’s festival portal and further KBB web portals.


EFM initiatives in the limelight

From EFM start-ups through Producers Hub to Drama Series Days – the EFM is the driving force behind an array of initiatives. Film rights are negotiated here and producers, authors, start-ups, financiers, distribution firms and worldwide sales companies all mingle with one another. For every EFM initiative, we add a further network or event platform to the website. Large-format points of entry inform users about upcoming events, projects, participants and much more. For this, we adopted the concept and design as well as back-end and front-end development based on the FirstSpirit CMS. We can therefore present the websites with the look and feel of the main site while ensuring the EFM has a consistent web presence.


[Translate to Englisch:] EFM-Initiativen Übersicht

Faster and simpler – the new Berlinale film portal

Besides the huge number of visitors, there is an enormous number of submissions to the internationally renowned film festival – several hundred every year, in fact! Via the newly designed portal, competition participants can submit their films even more simply. It makes life easier for the jury too as they can now intuitively call up the applications as required. In cooperation with the Berlinale’s Streamind service provider, the newly developed portal was implemented on the PHP Framework Symfony 2 and seamlessly integrated with the high-performance corporate FirstSpirit CMS.


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