About Us

About Down Under Berlin

Down Under Berlin film festival has been a vital hub for enthusiasts of Australian and New Zealand cinema and culture since 2011. As Europe's leading festival for Australian & New Zealand film, it ranges from independent productions to blockbusters, from student and professional short films to inspiring documentaries – diversity being one of the cornerstones of the program. Besides the annual festival, Down Under Berlin hosts events throughout the year, such as special event screenings, open air nights, previews, and Q&As with filmmakers – like the especially memorable screening of What We Do In The Shadows with directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement in 2014.

Venue

Taking place at Germany’s oldest independent cinema, Moviemento Kino, Down Under Berlin thrives in the vibrant cultural atmosphere of Kreuzberg. Well known by film-lovers, the cinema stands out for its award-winning film programming, and is regularly awarded with the “Kinoprogrammpreis” by the state-run film and media funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for its important contribution to Berlin’s vital film culture. 

"Awesome festival, really, really fun, and it's so nice to be able to bring Kiwis and Aussies together through film and bringing people back home a little bit. If you're feeling homesick, it's nice to come and do something like this!" - An audience member from Down Under (DUB 2016)

Bringing Australia and New Zealand to Berlin and Europe

As only a few films from Down Under actually get a European cinema release, most of the poetic, visually stunning images, the distinct quirkiness, dark humour and authentic storytelling, which in their combination are unique to Australian and New Zealand cinema, are too often lost to European and German audiences. Here, Down Under Berlin steps in to bring fresh filmmaking from Australia and New Zealand to Berlin, offering a platform for these incredible films and new audiences to meet at the heart of Europe.

"Here in Europe, you do appreciate how far away Australia is [...] I think there are a lot of underappreciated art and creative people in Australia, and I think film festivals like this do a really good job at getting that message out." - Angus Acton-Cavanough, 2nd Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Berlin (DUB 2017)

Programming diversity

Without a focus on a specific genre, audiences of Down Under Berlin can enjoy all types of films such as drama, comedy, thriller, horror, animation, Indigenous and experimental. To guarantee the best and latest film highlights, the festival program consists of both submitted films and carefully selected cinematic gems. The festival has also co-operated with renowned film institutions and film schools such as the New Zealand Film Commission, Screen Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (VCA) and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where award-winning director Warwick Thornton began his filmmaking career.

"And I'll be telling everybody to come, my German friends, my non-German friends, English speakers, non-English speakers, it was amazing!" - An audience member (DUB 2016)

Awards and Prizes

Each year the festival audience votes for its favourite films in the categories “Best Short Film” and “Best Film”, and the winning entries receive the Down Under Berlin Audience Award in the respective category. In 2018, the number of awards increased by two additional awards: the winner in each of the two rounds of the "Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ" as well as of the "Australian Short Film Today" guest reel - kindly provided by the Chris and Francesca Beale Foundation from New York.

"We are proud to be associated with Down Under Berlin, as it brings grassroots Australian and New Zealand films to the European sector." - Karl Hillbrick from Lingual Consultancy, about sponsoring DUB 2017.

Contact

Down Under Berlin e.V.
Kottbusser Damm 22
10967 Berlin

General inquiries: info@downunderberlin.de
Sponsoring: sponsoring@downunderberlin.de
Press: press@downunderberlin.de
Submissions: submissions@downunderberlin.de

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