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  DUB is taking a break... See you in 2021!   Down Under Berlin Film Festival won't take place this year, but we are looking forward to being back in 2021 with the best of Australian and New Zealand films up our sleeves!                        (...) Stateless © Ben King   Films and Series from Down Under at Berlinale 2020   It’s the most wonderful time of the year for film lovers around town: the 70th edition of the Berlin International Film Festival – Berlinale – starts today, and films from Australia and New Zealand (...)   Season's Greetings & A Little Something Extra   ‘Tis the season to be jolly – and to watch awesome Australian and New Zealand short films! Merry everything and happy always - all of us at DUB headquarters wish you a joyful holiday season 2019! I (...)   Attending Filmmakers & Receptions 2019   Join Down Under Berlin 2019 for Q&As with attending film folk and some delicious treats at our Opening and Closing Night receptions! In 2019, Down Under Berlin again welcomes several makers of (...)   Island of the Hungry Ghosts – Program Highlight 2019   Down Under Berlin is proud to present Gabrielle Brady’s extraordinary multi-award-winning documentary, Island of the Hungry Ghosts, in attendance of co-producer Julia Niethammer. Premiering at the (...)

Down Under Berlin 2019

Down Under Berlin's 9th festival edition is over, and and we are busy working on upcoming events in 2020. We thank all our audience members, filmmakers, sponsors and partners for their kind support in the past year. Here's a look back at Down Under Berlin 2019.



Festival Program 2019

Find out everything about Down Under Berlin's festival program 2019.

Past Festival Films

Browse through a selection of films from Down Under Berlin's past editions.

  Adele   Mirene Igwabi | AUS | 2016 | Drama | 15 min | English | German Premiere

In the face of an African family tradition imposed on her in Australia, fourteen-year-old Adele is torn between high school and home where she is a wife from an arranged marriage and a mother-to-be. (...)
  Maggie May   Mia'kate Russell | AUS | 2018 | Drama, Horror | 14 min | English | German Premiere

Two estranged sisters, Sam and Maggie, attempt to reconnect after the death of their mother. But Maggie isn't interest in anything - and that could be Sam's worst nightmare. Sam’s sister Maggie May has always been different. (...)
  Baby?   Mark Prebble | NZ | 2017 | Drama | 12 min | English | European Premiere

Isabelle, determined not to spend her 65th birthday alone, invites herself into the home of her new neighbour, a struggling mum in the middle of a nervous breakdown.   (...)
  Liz Drives   Mia'kate Russell | AUS | 2017 | Thriller | 11 min | English | European Premiere

For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself. (...)
  Pecking Order   Slavko Martinov | NZ | 2017 | Documentary | 88 min | English | German Premiere

Join members of the Christchurch Poultry, Bantam and Pigeon Club in the lead up to the New Zealand National Show, as they battle history (and each other) in their quest for glory. Audiences will be introduced to an endearing and e (...)
  Tree   Lauren A. Jackson | NZ | 2017 | Drama | 16 min | English & Tongan | International Premiere

Alisi, a New Zealand Tongan teen, climbs a huge tree one evening and won't come down. As the night wears on, Alisi must decide whether to follow tradition or find a new path. (...)
  Driftwood Dustmites   Malina Maria Mackiewicz | AUS| 2015| Drama | 9:31 min | English|

A bit over a year since the death of her mother and now ten minutes before dawn on a warm night of spring holidays, Aishe watches her dad kissing his new love. Unable to fall back asleep she wakes up her little sister for company. (...)
  Solus   Adam Jamsek | AUS | 2016 | Drama, Mystery | 22 min | English | European Premiere

A father and his seven year old son who is terminally ill, go tracking into the heart of a forest in search for a magical healing bird. (...)
  Home   Charles Williams| AUS| 2015| Drama | 03:45 min | English| German Premiere

Home is missing planes and sinking boats; a eulogy for all those, whose bones only made it as far as the arms of mother ocean.   (...)
  I Am Emmanuel   Genevieve Clay-Smith | AUS | 2013 | Drama | 20 min | English | German Premiere

21-year-old Sudanese refugee Emmanuel seeks a future in Australia that is not determined by his past. Where words are not available, emotions erupt into movement.   (...)
  Live Through This   Lisa Camillo | AUS | 2013 | Documentary | 8 min | English | European Premiere

Can a man embrace his mother's killer? A film about the ultimate act of forgiveness.   (...)
  Waiting   Amberley Jo Aumua | NZ | 2017 | Drama, Coming-of-Age | 13 min | English | German Premiere

Starsky has never met his father. So when he receives a letter from him that he wants to talk, he skips school with his best friend Kenny to wait at the payphone outside the local shop. (...)
  The Fruity   Jamieson Pearce | AUS| 2014| Drama | 10:13 min | English| World Premiere

Lindsay is at his usual barstool, awaiting a regular night at his gay pub bar. But a proposition from the spunky new bartender, Jorge, tempts him to take to the stage.   (...)
  Stray   Dustin Feneley| NZ | 2018| Drama | 104min | English| German Premiere

In a cold and remote landscape, two strangers struggle to repair their broken pasts. Jack, a young man on parole for attempting to murder the man who killed his girlfriend in a hit and run, and Grace, a woman just released fr (...)
  Hitch   Patch Sinclair & Tessa Rex | AUS | 2013 | Animation | 3 min | English | European Premiere

Two young hitchhikers Tessa and Julia are waiting by the highway at a camel farm near Alice Springs in the outback. At dusk, a ute rolls up and without thinking they jump in, embarking on an all-night adventure to Adelaide. Only 1 (...)
  Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ - Round 1   Diverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2016-2017 | 87 min | English | Diverse Premieres

In this short film slot, Australian and New Zealand short films battle for pride and glory, and to win the audience's vote. Join the fun and vote for your favorite film!   Winner Winner Chicken Dinner Claudia Holmes (...)
  Cleaver   Alexander McKenna | NZ | 2017 | Drama, Thriller | 17 min | English

A lonely, detached young man lives next to a family who are stuck in a violent relationship, the effects of which begin to take its toll on his consciousness. (...)
  And Though The Music Ended, We Danced On Through The Night   Nick Pollack | AUS | 2017 | Drama | 29 min | English | German Premiere

The lives of three disparate people - a grieving mother, a man with early stage Alzheimer's and a lonely nurse - intersect through one tragic moment. (...)
  Hounds of Love   Ben Young | AUS | 2016 | Thriller | 108 min | English

Vicki Maloney is randomly abducted from a suburban street by a disturbed couple. As she observes the dynamic between her captors, she quickly realises she must drive a wedge between them if she is to survive. “Snowtown meets Na (...)
  New Talents Showcase: Breaking Through   Diverse directors | AUS | 2013 - 2014 | 66 min | English | Diverse Premieres

In this short film slot, Down Under Berlin serves its audience a fine selection of exquisite film nibbles. Bon appétit! I Am Emmanuel Genevieve Clay-Smith | AUS | 2013 | Drama | 20 min | English | German Premiere Clan Lari (...)

Films A-Z, Festival Archive & Interviews

Browse through all festival films since 2015, have a look at former festival editions and check out our latest interviews with film professionals from 'Down Under'.