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Audience Awards

Down Under Berlin is an audience festival, giving its visitors the chance to vote for its favorite films. DUB's two main awards for "Best Film" and "Best Short Film" are a great way for filmmakers to win a prize and get the recognition they deserve. It is also a great opportunity for sponsors to get involved in one of the key highlights of the festival.

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.

In the same year, the awards' prizes for "Best Film" and "Best Short Film" were sponsored by the world's leading video, photo, TV & film production management software StudioBinder as well as closed community music licensing platform gnarles. Furthermore, the winners of the "Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ" and the "Australian Short Film Today" reel received a prize by online film community platform FilmUp.

Down Under Berlin thanks its awards sponsors for their kind support!

Best Film

Our Best Film Award rewards the best feature film (fiction or documentary) showcased at the festival. All feature films submitted to the festival enter the competition, and the audience favourite will receive the award after a vote. Filmmakers, this is your chance to get your film recognized at a European festival, in front of an international audience!

“The festival is great: six sold-out screenings is an amazing thing to come to a festival for, and it’s great to show New Zealand films to German audiences!” – Carthew Neal, Producer of ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ (DUB 2016)

Best Short Film

Our Best Short Film Award rewards the best short film of the festival (fiction or documentary), as chosen by the audience. Shorts may also be submitted for our "Battle of the Shorts: Australia vs. New Zealand", a unique chance at an epic cinematic face-off and an additional audience prize for the winner.

“I am very excited to see extraordinary films that you don’t see in the regular cinemas.” – Audience member (DUB 2014)

"Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ"

Since 2017, the festival audience could choose their winner in each round of the two "Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ" screenings, in which Australian and New Zealand short films fight for their national pride and instant glory as the winner will be announced immediately after the votes are tallied.

"Australian Short Film Today"

The latest installment in the awards category was the audience award for their favourite of the "Australian Short Film Today" film reel, a specially selected short film slot from the Chris and Francesca Beale Foundation. Founded in 1992 as an annual, single night’s screening in New York of the best of recent short films from Down Under, Australian Short Film Today is now an international travelling roadshow dedicated to showcasing the talents of  Australian filmmakers.

Why participate?

In 2018, the winners of the Best Film (Symphony on Skis) and Best Short Film (Fire in Cardboard City) Audience Award received a double prize: 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. Furthermore, all Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ Round 1 and Round 2 winners as well as the favourite film of the Australian Short Film Today (ASFT) reel won a one-year subscription to the international film community platform FilmUp.

One year before, the winners of Best Film (Deep Water: The Real Story) and Best Short Film (Madam Blackwent home with up to 90 minutes of subtitling service for their next project, courtesy of international language service provider Lingual Consultancy. Additionally, the runner-up for Best Short Film (The World in Your Window) was awarded with a one-year premium membership by film community platform FilmUp.

These awards give filmmakers and sponsors the opportunity to come together at the festival. They give filmmakers an additional recognition from the festival and its audience, and will help them take their film further in the festival landscape, in Europe and elsewhere.

As for sponsors, these awards are a great opportunity for cross-promotion and reaching out to new audiences by joining Down Under Berlin at screenings and events, thereby reaching an international and diverse crowd. If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved in these Awards or work with us in other capacities, please follow this link!