|Opening film Opening Night|
|Location Berlin, Germany|
|Closing film Close Encounters of the Third Kind|
Awards Golden Bear (Ascensor, What Max Said, Las truchas)
Festival date 22 February – 5 March 1978
The 28th annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 22 February to 5 March 1978. The festival opened with Opening Night by John Cassavetes and closed with Steven Spielberg's out of competition film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. This was the first year the festival was held in February.
The jury awarded the Golden Bear to Spain for its contribution to the festival. The three Spanish films which were screened at the festival and won it were short film Ascensor directed by Tomás Muñoz and feature films La palabras de Max by Emilio Martínez Lázaro and Las truchas by José Luis García Sánchez.
A new section for children was introduced at the festival. The Part 2 of the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich was shown at the festival.
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival:
Films in competition
The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear award:
The following films were shown in the retrospective dedicated to Marlene Dietrich:
The following prizes were awarded by the Jury: