2018 winners announced!

Down Under Berlin 2018 has come to a close and here are all your winning films! Voted by our audience, 5 films have won prizes from our award sponsors. Read about who won which prize......did you cast your vote?

Congratulations to all our winning films and to all of the filmmakers in DUB 2018!

BEST FILM

Symphony On Skis - by Carla Braun-Elwert, NZ

This stunning personal documentary, Symphony on Skis, took our audience's breath away immediately. Two sisters retracing the 4,000 vertical miles of ski slopes their late father originally crossed in 18 hours, this German/New Zealand partnership tribute film is the winner of DUB's Audience Award for Best Film 2018. Not their first award and definitely not the last, filmmaker Carla Braun-Elwert, (pictured in header image, at our screening of the film on Saturday) lives in Munich, and we are very happy that she was able to attend the festival this year and join a Q & A session after the screening with our audience. If you missed it you can catch up in our Facebook chat room interview here. Congratulations Carla and the Symphony on Skis team!

BEST SHORT FILM

Fire In Cardboard City - by Phil Brough, NZ

This wonderful short film has done extremely well around the world including winning at the prestigious LA Shorts Festival. As THE crowd favourite short film this year at DUB 2018, and this year's Audience Award Winner for Best Short Film 2018, we are proud to represent New Zealand animation talent with Fire In Cardboard City! There is news that it is even being developed into a television series for children in the future, so keep an eye out for further adventures in this world made out of heavy-duty paper-based products, and congratulations to Phil Brough, and everyone involved!

Our Best Film and Best Short Film Audience Award Winners for 2018 will receive a huge double prize. These prizes are: a one-year subscription to the world's leading video, photo, TV & film production management software StudioBinder. Plus, a one-year subscription to the closed community music licensing platform gnarles.

The perfect prize for filmmakers.

Battle of the Shorts - ROUND 1

Fire In Cardboard City - by Phil Brough, NZ

A clear favourite this year was the cardboard stop motion animation disaster comedy, Fire in Cardboard City. Using some familiar NZ voices in this film, New Zealand Filmmaker Phil Brough has delighted audiences worldwide with this hit, amongst others festival screenings, it was also nominated for a Crystal Bear at Berlinale 2018, and it has hit the top of both the DUB Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ 2018 AND Best Short Film 2018. Congratulations!

 

Battle of the Shorts - ROUND 2

Mrs McCutcheon - by John Sheedy, AUS

Round two winner, Mrs McCutcheon, shows off not only some familiar faces from Australian film and television, Virginia Gay and Nadine Garner, but some new ones as well. Alic Golinger and Wesley Patten are the two young actors who take this story into our hearts. Director John Sheedy, who also created the concept, worked with DUB's 2017 Hounds of Love writer Ben Young to bring this story to life. With 25 award wins around the world already, we are very happy to say DUB Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ 2018 has been added to that list!

 

Australian Short Film Today

The Eleven O'Clock - by Derin Seale, AUS

Starring well known Australian faces Damon Herriman, and Josh Lawson (Lawson is also the writer) this hilarious short comedy has been screened all over the world and won a bucket of awards including Best Comedy at the LA Shorts Fest, Best Screenplay at Flickerfest and Best Comedy at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It also was nominated for an Academy Award in 2018! And now - DUB 2018! A fan favourite in Australian Short Film Today screenings all over the world, we are very happy to include The Eleven O'Clock amongst our audience award winners.

 

All our Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ Round 1 and Round 2 as well as Australian Short Film Today (ASFT) winners receive a one-year subscription to the international film community platform FilmUp. A big thank you from DUB 2018, to Chris and Francesca Beale (pictured) from ASFT for attending and supporting the festival.

The next screening of their amazing short film reel is coming up at the Cinema des Antipodes from 8-14 October 2018 in St. Tropez. So you have missed ASFT in Berlin, why not head over to France - and stay for a Q&A with the one and only Jane Campion.

Congratulations to all the winners for 2018, and a big thank you once again to our audience who voted for their favourite films. A special shout out to our filmmakers involved in our entire program this year, we couldn't do it without you......no, seriously, there would be NO festival if it weren't for you! Watch this space for more festival wrap up news throughout the week, and visit our DUB Facebook Page for interviews, photos and videos of DUB 2018. It was a blast!

Charmaine Gorman is an Australian actress and writer living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, and along with her husband, is the founder and content manager of the online travel guide My Guide Berlin

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