The 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 11 February to 21 February 2016, with American actress Meryl Streep as the President of the Jury. 

The Honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement was presented to German cinematographer Michael Ballhaus.

Hail, Caesar!, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, was selected to open the festival. 
The Golden Bear was awarded to the Italian documentary Fire at Sea, directed by Gianfranco Rosi.

The following prizes were awarded:

    Golden Bear – Fire at Sea by Gianfranco Rosi

  •  Honorary Golden Bear – Michael Ballhaus

  •  Jury Grand Prix (Silver Bear) – Death in Sarajevo by Danis Tanović

   •  Alfred Bauer Prize (Silver Bear) – A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery by Lav Diaz

   •  Silver Bear for Best Director – Mia Hansen-Løve for Things to Come

   •  Silver Bear for Best Actress – Trine Dyrholm for The Commune

   •  Silver Bear for Best Actor – Majd Mastoura for Hedi

   •  Silver Bear for Best Script – Tomasz Wasilewski for United States of Love

   •  Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution for Cinematography – Mark Lee Ping Bin for Crosscurrent

  •  Best First Feature Award – Mohamed Ben Attia for Hedi