So officially, after everyone has caught up on sleep, and work, and all the things that fall behind when spending 5 full days at a Berlin film festival, Down Under Berlin 2016 is done and dusted!
The winning films were announced last week, and we have to thank every single one of our audience members for voting, and for coming to see our whole program of films from Australia and New Zealand this year. The winning filmmakers, Matthew Richards and Jim Lounsbury, will be receiving their prizes from our major sponsor, LUUV, in the post. Now that is an exciting package to get in the mail! Check out the cool camera stabilizer they will receive and learn more on our partnership page.
We’ve had some great feedback from our fabulous audiences, the attending filmmakers, and even those filmmakers we showcased, who couldn’t get to Berlin. If you haven’t filled in our DUB 2016 survey, head to this link to let us know what you thought, and have the chance to win an ExBerliner magazine subscription (closes Oct 7).
“As an Aussie living abroad, Down Under Berlin enabled me to connect.
It makes sense of how Australia sees itself in the world.”
– Tom Pagliaro (Australia)
Did you know we have our very own Down Under Berlin YouTube channel? There you can see some great clips and bits and pieces, from our filmmakers introducing the films, our trailers from past years, and very soon interviews with our audiences and Q&As with attending filmmakers from this year.
We have to shout out a huge thanks and props to both the Australian Embassy Berlin and the New Zealand Embassy Berlin for supporting this film festival with such passion and heart. Having them attend screenings of both Australian film ‘Spear’ and New Zealand film ‘Hunt For The Wilderpeople’ respectively was incredibly special. New Zealand ambassador HE Peter Rodney Harris, even did his speech for our closing film in German! A total winner.
“Down Under Berlin is all about the atmosphere: the lounge, the people, the films.
It lets you travel in your own mind. DUB is familiar, like old Berlin.”
– Ute Eggers (Germany)
Down Under Berlin is not only passionate about showing film from down under, but we like to throw a pretty good celebration too. There was a little something special on nearly every night, from Jameson’s Irish whiskey to €2 Bier beer, plus New Zealand wine, and pies Oma Marnie’s. plus, our festival party: all for our guests to enjoy. Who knows what treats we’ll have in store for next year!
So, what better way to look back on the week, than by browsing the Down Under Berlin festival photos! Take a trip through DUB’s Flickr channel and relive the good times, or just marvel at the excellent pictures by our hard-working volunteer photography team.
“It’s about the quality of Australian and New Zealand films.
The humour is finer, the cinematography broader, and it brings back memories of Australia.”
– Jens Lehmann (Germany)
Whether you were coming for the first time or returning for your 6th, we hope you have had as wonderful a time as the Down Under Berlin team has had. We may have closed the cinema doors this year, but keep your eye out on Facebook and the blog for more juicy bits and pieces about film in Australia and New Zealand, announcements of extra DUB screenings and events throughout the year, and general awesomeness of being from down under in this fine city of Berlin.
Until next time we see you at the movies – your Down Under Berlin Team.
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.