The design was once again created by Berlin-based graphic designer Claudia Schramke and, unsurprisingly, features a bear, the symbol of the festival.

“The key design for the 72nd Berlinale is illustrative of the festival. It sparks curiosity and good spirits, and stimulates the viewer,” said executive director of the Berlinale, Mariette Rissenbeek. “We liked it straight away, and it aims to spur excitement for an on-site festival that we look forward to celebrating together with audiences and film teams.”

In spite of growing concerns amid the spread of the Omicron Covid variant, at time of writing, the festival is planning to grin and bear it as a physical edition in line with Germany’s so-called 2G rule, which means access to screening venues and industry events will be restricted to attendees who are vaccinated or have recovered from Covid-19.