Well, those few days from 19-23 September 2018 were an absolute whirlwind of film from down under! As the festival wraps up for 2018, we bring you all the important information about the festival week, the winners, news on our films and where to see all our videos and images from the past 5 days.
One last look back at the week that was, and wasn't it grand!?
Our major sponsors: the Australian Embassy Berlin and the New Zealand Embassy Berlin were on hand at our festival to help celebrate spectacular films, and bring people together over a glass of wine and treats in the festival lounge.
Our Australian reception was held on opening night after the two full screenings of headlining film Sweet Country. There were cocktails from Candide Schokoladen, Australian wine and German bretzels. A great time was had by all after the buzz of the first screenings in the country of Warwick Thornton's majestic western Sweet Country.
The New Zealand Embassy celebrated with us on Saturday after the sold-out screening of Symphony on Skis. With director Carla Braun-Elwert in attendance, it was a lovely afternoon and celebration of German and New Zealand film and partnerships.
With around 1.300 audience members welcomed over 16 screenings, 2018 has been the most successful year for Down Under Berlin since its beginning in 2011. It has also seen the most awards, and we had the biggest number of attending film industry folk. We screened 40 short films, 10 long films, and don't forget that 50% of all films were directed by female filmmakers!
(You go girls!)
Last but not least…in the Moviemento lounge, we all drank about 250 cocktails over just two nights, and stayed up very, very late on Saturday night.
Needless to say, it was a wonderful 5 days.
AUDIENCE AWARD WINNERS!!!
We are very proud to announce our award winners this year. Taking out the major prizes, BEST FILM went to the personal documentary Symphony on Skis by Carla Braun-Elwert (NZ), and BEST SHORT FILM was taken by the stop-motion disaster comedy short Fire In Cardboard City by Phil Brough (NZ).
There were other award winners from Thursday's "Battle of the Shorts: Aus vs. NZ - Round 1 & Round 2", and our very special "Australian Short Film Today" reel. Read about all winners here in our latest blog, plus our awesome prize sponsors for 2018!
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...
We had a sold-out session of the European Premiere and our closing film Hotel Coolgardie, by Pete Gleeson.
If you missed out, we have some good news! Hotel Coolgardie is available for download on VOD (Video on Demand). Head to the Hotel Coolgardie website or see it here on Vimeo, itunes, Play Google or Amazon.
Our opening film, Sweet Country, will be screened in selected cinemas in Berlin from September 27, 2018.
And our winner of BEST FILM 2018 Symphony on skis is now available on VOD, find it here on Vimeo.
Watch this space for more news and events in the coming year from Down Under Berlin. Subscribe to our newsletter, head to our Facebook page for insights, our YouTube page for all the videos uploaded over the next week, Instagram or Flicker for all images, or Twitter for.....tweets.
Thank you once again for a fabulous festival, and we'll see you next time, at the movies!
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.