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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 Z (...)   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 201 (...)   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 th (...)

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.

  OtherLife   Ben C. Lucas | AUS | 2016 | Sci-Fi | 96 min | English | International Premiere

Ren Amari, a brilliant software engineer, develops a drug which takes the user on a virtual adventure to anywhere in the world. As the launch date draws nearer, Ren suspects her business partner plans to use the drug to imprison t (...)
  Hip Hop-eration   Bryn Evans | NZ | 2014 | Documentary | 93 min | English with German subtitles | German Premiere

Who said your grandmother couldn't be a hip hop star? Join Kara, Maynie, and Terri – all in their mid 90s -  from a small town in New Zealand. On their journey to the World Hip Hop Dance Championships in Las Vegas. Along with t (...)
  Glamour & Glitz!   Matthew Weekes | AUS| 2015| Crime, musical, thriller | 7 min | English| European Premiere

A musical, cabaret, neo-noir short film about a burlesque dancer who attempts to escape from her underworld crime boss.   (...)
  Welcome Home Allen   Andrew Kavanagh | AUS | 2016 | Action, Drama | 11 min | no dialogue | German Premiere

Four soldiers return to a home they don’t recognise and that doesn’t recognise them. (...)
  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 Ground We Won   Christopher Pryor & Miriam Smith | NZ| 2015| Documentary | 91 min | English| German Premiere

Beautiful shot in black & white and supported by a lyrical score, this unusual Cinema verité documentary takes you to a rural New Zealand rugby club in Reporoa. One season long the film follows the rough and warm hearted farm (...)
  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. (...)
  ROR   Natalie Cunningham | AUS | 2013 | Documentary | 13:45 min | English | German Premiere

Ror Akot, originally from South Sudan, is making his mark on Australian music. ROR is an inspiring portrait of a young artist with great spirit.   (...)
  Headlight   Petrice Graham| AUS| 2015| Drama | 13:11 min | English| European Premiere

A vulnerable teen has a brush with a local hangout. A raw and intriguing fictional exploration of the behaviours and triggers of a young man with Asperger Syndrome.   (...)
  The Pact   Natalie Medlock | NZ | 2018 | Drama | 13 min | English | Berlin Premiere

Faced with a terminal diagnosis, an elderly couple makes a suicide pact but at the moment of death this decision is put to a terrible test.
Part of the short film program "Kiwi Shorts - Take 1" on Friday, 27 Sep (...)
  Theodore's Gift   Elli Iliades | AUS | 2016 | Drama | 15 min | English

Iris lives on an isolated farm in north-west Tasmania where her and her sisters have few friends and little to no connection with the outside world. Iris often thinks about leaving but when she tells her father, Theodore, of her p (...)
  Deep Water: The Real Story   Amanda Blue| AUS | 2016 | Documentary | 87 min | English | European Premiere

Up to 80 murders, 30 unsolved cases, thousands of assaults. In the 1980s and 1990s, a murderous epidemic targeting gay men bloodied Sydney’s coastline. The film sheds new light on these hate crimes, and the institutional corrupt (...)
  Island of the Hungry Ghosts   Gabrielle Brady | AUS, DE, UK | 2018 | Documentary | 94 min | English, Chinese/French w. English subtitles | Berlin Premiere

On an isolated island in the Indian Ocean, land crabs migrate in their millions from the jungle to the sea. The same jungle hides a high-security Australian detention centre where thousands of asylum seekers have been locked away (...)
  Your Call Is Important to Us   TJ Power | AUS | 2017 | Comedy | 14 min | English | German Premiere

This short comedy confirms our fears about what really goes on at call-centers when we’re asked, 'Please hold?' We peek behind the scenes of one particularly specialized call-centre on that fateful day when big-shot CEO, Simon, (...)
  Bless You   Philip Watts | AUS | 2013 | Animation | 3 min | English | German Premiere

An architect in the skies grows bored with his creation and decides to spice things up.   (...)
  Kill Your Sons   Amaan Hassen | AUS | 2013 | Drama | 19:43 min | English | International Premiere

Three young men attack a couple at a train underpass. Only upon reflection of this horrific act one of them realises that his actions will determine his future.   (...)
  Maybe Tomorrow   Caitlin Farrugia, Michael Jones | AUS | 2018 | Comedy, Drama | 79 min | English | European Premiere

After the birth of their first child, Erin and Pat start work on their new film and in the process discover who they are as partners, parents and artists. Patrick is optimistic that filmmaking and parenthood are a good mix. But (...)
  Back to Earth   Thomas Wilson | AUS| 2015| Drama, Fantasy, Sci-fi | 13:32 min | English| European Premiere

Twenty-something Lou is aimless after the death of his brother Jack. Lou finds a way to resurrect Jack for 12 hours, and the reunion with his brother provides a chance to deal with the loss.   (...)
  Kiwi Shorts - Take 1   Diverse directors | NZ | 2018-2019 | 79 min | English, Samoan w. English subtitles | Diverse Premieres

In the first round of New Zealand short films at Down Under Berlin 2019, meet people at the crossroads of life: a lonely refugee in rural New Zealand (Run Rabbit), a young mother suffering from the pain of rejection (Falling Up), (...)
  Bad Dog   Gabby Hanrahan | AUS | 2017 | Animation, Action, Drama | 3 min | no dialogue | International Premiere

K is a hitman in a dog eat dog world who has one target he can’t bring himself to hit.   (...)

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'.