|Location||West Berlin, Germany|
|Awards||Golden Bear ( Ascendancy and La colmena )|
|No. of films||330 films |
|Festival date||18 February – 1 March 1983|
The 33rd annual Berlin International Film Festival was held from 18 February to 1 March 1983.  The festival opened with the out of competition film, Tootsie by Sydney Pollack. 
The Golden Bear was awarded to the British film Ascendancy directed by Edward Bennett and Spanish film La colmena directed by Mario Camus.  The retrospective titled Exile. Six Actors from Germany was dedicated to German or Austrian actors Wolfgang Zilzer, Curt Bois, Dolly Haas, Francis Lederer, Elisabeth Bergner and Hertha Thiele, who were forced to leave Germany after the 1930s rise of the Nazi regime. 
The following people were announced as being on the jury for the festival: 
The following films were in competition for the Golden Bear: 
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|Ascendancy||Ascendancy||Edward Bennett||United Kingdom|
|La Belle captive||Alain Robbe-Grillet||France|
|Cap Canaille||Juliet Berto, Jean-Henri Roger||France|
|La colmena||Mario Camus||Spain|
|In the White City||Dans la ville blanche||Alain Tanner||Switzerland|
|Der er et yndigt land||Morten Arnfred||Denmark|
|Dies rigorose Leben||Vadim Glowna||West Germany|
|The Mission||Ferestadeh||Parviz Sayyad||USA|
|The Ghost||Das Gespenst||Herbert Achternbusch||West Germany|
|A Season in Hakkari||Hakkâri'de Bir Mevsim||Erden Kıral||Turkey|
|Sheer Madness||Heller Wahn||Margarethe von Trotta||West Germany|
|Strange Friends||陌生的朋友 Mò shēng de péng yǒu||Lei Xu||China|
|Incomplete Eclipse||Neúplné zatmení||Jaromil Jireš||Czechoslovakia|
|Pauline at the Beach||Pauline à la plage||Éric Rohmer||France|
|Pra Frente, Brasil||Roberto Farias||Brazil|
|Der stille Ozean||Xaver Schwarzenberger||Austria|
|That Championship Season||That Championship Season||Jason Miller||USA|
|Utopia||Sohrab Shahid-Saless||West Germany|
|Via degli specchi||Giovanna Gagliardo||Italy|
|Love by Request||Влюблён по собственному желанию / Vlyublyon po sobstvennomu zhelaniyu||Sergey Mikaelyan||Soviet Union|
|野獣刑事 Yajū deka||Eiichi Kudo||Japan|
|†||Winner of the main award for best film in its section|
|The opening and closing films are screened during the opening and closing ceremonies respectively.|
The following films were shown in the retrospective "Exile. Six Actors from Germany": 
|English title||Original title||Director(s)||Country|
|Unholy Love||Alraune||Henrik Galeen||Germany|
|Anna and Elizabeth||Anna und Elisabeth||Frank Wisbar||Germany|
|A Private Life||Mikhail Bogin||USA|
|Broken Blossoms||John Brahm||United Kingdom|
|Confessions of a Nazi Spy||Anatole Litvak||USA|
|The Boat Is Full||Das Boot ist voll||Markus Imhoof||Switzerland|
|The Awakening of Woman||Das Erwachen des Weibes||Fred Sauer||Germany|
|The Ugly Girl||Das häßliche Mädchen||Hermann Kosterlitz||Germany|
|The Prince of Pappenheim||Der Fürst von Pappenheim||Richard Eichberg||Germany|
|The Page from the Dalmasse Hotel||Der Page vom Dalmasse-Hotel||Victor Janson||Germany|
|The Pentecost Outing||Der Pfingstausflug||Michael Günther||West Germany|
|Dreaming Lips||Der träumende Mund||Paul Czinner||Germany|
|Pandora's Box||Die Büchse der Pandora||Georg Wilhelm Pabst||Germany|
|The Incorrigible Barbara||Die unverbesserliche Barbara||Lothar Warneke||East Germany|
|The Wonderful Lies of Nina Petrovna||Die wunderbare Lüge der Nina Petrowna||Hanns Schwarz||Germany|
|Dreaming Lips||Paul Czinner||United Kingdom|
|Ein Polterabend||Curt Bois||East Germany|
|A Tremendously Rich Man||Ein steinreicher Mann||Steve Sekely||Germany|
|Enemy of Women||Alfred Zeisler||USA|
|Miss Else||Fräulein Else||Paul Czinner||Germany|
|Herr Puntila and His Servant Matti||Herr Puntila und sein Knecht Matti||Alberto Cavalcanti||Austria|
|Hitler's Madman||Douglas Sirk||USA|
|Hotel Berlin||Peter Godfrey||USA|
|I Confess||Alfred Hitchcock||USA|
|The Island on the Lake||Insel im See||Wolfgang Münstermann||East Germany|
|Little Girl, Great Fortune||Kleines Mädel – großes Glück||E. W. Emo||Germany|
|Kuhle Wampe or Who Owns the World?||Kuhle Wampe oder Wem gehört die Welt||Slatan Dudow||Germany|
|Love's Command||Liebeskommando||Géza von Bolváry||Germany|
|Girls in Uniform||Mädchen in Uniform||Leontine Sagan||Germany|
|Husbands or Lovers||Nju – Eine unverstandene Frau||Paul Czinner||Germany|
|Raid in St. Pauli||Razzia in Sankt Pauli||Werner Hochbaum||Germany|
|Ripening Youth||Reifende Jugend||Carl Froelich||Germany|
|Scampolo||Scampolo, ein Kind der Straße||Hans Steinhoff||Germany, Austria|
|Such Is Life||Takový je život||Carl Junghans||Czechoslovakia|
|Stolen Life||Paul Czinner||United Kingdom|
|The Diary of a Chambermaid||Jean Renoir||USA|
|The Lovable Cheat||Richard Oswald||USA|
|The Man I Married||Irving Pichel||USA|
|The Pursuit of Happiness||Alexander Hall||USA|
|Voice in the Wind||Arthur Ripley||USA|
The following prizes were awarded by the Jury: 
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