Program 2016

Down Under Berlin 2016

With the festival motto Life Happens, the festival presented a total of 37 Australian and New Zealand feature and short films as well as documentaries that capture the stories of love and friendship, loss and regret, coming-of-age and finding oneself, and how the choices we make define our lives.

For the entire program, check out the festival calendar below (COMING SOON) or the program brochure here.

Program 2016

The festival opened with a sold out session of Australia's first Indigenous contemporary dance film Spear (2015) by acclaimed choreographer Stephen Page who brings Bangarra Dance Theatre’s outstanding work to the screen.

As for the closing: In keeping with tradition Down Under Berlin,  picked an absolute cinematic banger for the big finale and hosted the German premiere of Taika Waititi’s universally acclaimed hit comedy Hunt For the Wilderpeople (2016). In fact, it turned out to be the most successful screening event in Down Under Berlin history with six(!) sold out screening for this superb comedy!

Further Highlights

If you love short film Down Under Berlin 2016 had lots in store for you this year. Not only did it screen a short film before - almost all - feature presentations, but it also curated short film programs presenting the best submissions of this year. There were four slots to choose from and each one was a real treat: The Future is Now, Friends and Fools, Hope and Betrayal and Lucky Dip.

Some of the filmmakers who couldn't attend the film festival this year sent special video messages to introduce their films, including director Thomas Hudson (The Last Stupid Thing) whose video message you can watch here.  


Audience Award Winners

Winner of the 2016 Audience Award for "Best Film" went to Australian independent film Love Is Now by Jim Lounsbury that combined a tragic romance with breathtakingly beautiful imagery.

Short film winner in 2016 was Australia’s  confronting but eytremely well-made The Disappearance of Willie Bingham, by Matthew Richards. Our official prize sponsor of 2016, the Berlin-based tech startup LUUV, provided two of their highly innovative camera stabilizers solidLUUV to the winners in each category. 

It was amazing to have been selected at your festival and to win the audience award is a great honour!
Sam Eather, producer of 'Love Is Now'

I’m both honoured and humbled to hear that Willie has taken out the audience award. It means a LOT that people get it and understand what we are trying to do. Thanks so much everyone! - Matthew Richards, director of 'The Disappearance of Willie Bingham'

Interviews and Q&A sessions

A very special component of the festival program was the chance to attend Q&A sessions with some of this year’s filmmakers. A good number of  talented individuals from the film industry made their way to Berlin especially for the festival.

In the case of Stuart McBratney, director of Pop-up, the audience enjoyed a very personal skype chat in our festival lounge. There was ample opportunity to stick around for discussions after a screening or mingle with filmmakers and the DUB team at the 2016 Festival Party. Video documentation of Q&A sessions and interviews with filmmaker are now available on our YouTube channel.

Thank you

Apart from its wonderful audience, Down Under Berlin thanks its new and long year partners for their support and promotion of the festival. Partners and supporters in 2016 were: The Australian Embassy and the New Zealand Embassy, our media and marketing partners Zitty, DIE DRAUSSENWERBER, EXBERLINER, Berliner Fenster, FluxFM, our loyal supporters and advertising customers Adina Apartment HotelsBierBier, Die.ProjektorenMoviemento Kino, the New Zealand Film CommissionOma Marnie’s PiesTim Tam Shop, Lockwood Berlin, and last – but not least – Audience Awards prize sponsors LUUV.

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Festival Calendar 2016

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201614sep8:00 pmSpearStephen Page| AUS| 2016| Drama| 84 min | English| European Premiere8:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DramaPremiere Status:EuropeanFilm Tags:Festival Opening,With Introduction

201615sep7:30 pmBrokeHeath Davis | AUS| 2016| Drama | 105 min | English| German Premiere7:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DramaPremiere Status:German

201615sep10:00 pmSleeping DogsRoger Donaldson | NZ| 1977| Action, drama, thriller | 107 min | English| 10:00 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:Drama,Thriller

201616sep6:30 pm7:30 pmShort Films: The Future is NowDiverse directors | AUS | 2014 - 2015 | 59 min | English | Diverse Premieres6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Animation,Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Experimental,ThrillerPremiere Status:European,German,International

201616sep8:00 pmFantailCurtis Vowell | NZ| 2013| Comedy, drama | 83min | English| German Premiere8:00 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:Comedy,DramaPremiere Status:German

201616sep10:00 pmThe Stressful Adventures of Boxhead & RoundheadElliot Cowan | US/AUS| 2014| Animation, action, adventure | 71 min | English10:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Animation

201617sep2:00 pm3:00 pmShort Films: Of Friendship and Other DisastersDiverse directors | AUS | 2015 | 57 min | English & Greek| Diverse Premieres2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Animation,Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Experimental,ThrillerPremiere Status:European,German,International

201617sep3:30 pmThe Ground We WonChristopher Pryor & Miriam Smith | NZ| 2015| Documentary | 91 min | English| German Premiere3:30 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:German

201617sep6:00 pmConcealedShane T. Hall | AUS| 2013| Action, Drama, Thriller | 87 min | English| European Premiere6:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:ThrillerPremiere Status:EuropeanFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance,With Q&A

201617sep8:15 pmPop UpStuart McBratney | AUS| 2015| Comedy, drama | 91 min | English| German Premiere8:15 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Comedy,DramaPremiere Status:GermanFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance

201617sep10:30 pm11:30 pmShort Films: Lucky DipDiverse directors | AUS | 2015 | 57 min | English | Diverse Premieres10:30 pm - 11:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Animation,Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Experimental,ThrillerPremiere Status:European,German,International

201618sep2:00 pm3:00 pmShort Films: Hope & BetrayalDiverse directors | AUS | 2014 - 2015 | 57 min | English | Diverse Premieres2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Animation,Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Experimental,ThrillerPremiere Status:European,German,International

201618sep3:30 pmThe Drowned DreamsFarshid Akhlaghipour | AUS| 2015| Documentary | 53:30 min | Persian with Eng. Subtitles| European Premiere3:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:EuropeanFilm Tags:Followed by Discussion

201618sep5:30 pmLove Is NowJim Lounsbury | AUS| 2014| Drama, mystery, romance | 97 min | English| German Premiere5:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Drama,RomancePremiere Status:German

201618sep8:15 pmHunt for the WilderpeopleTaika Waititi| NZ| 2016| Adventure, comedy, drama | 93 min | English| German Premiere8:15 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:Comedy,DramaPremiere Status:GermanFilm Tags:Followed by Reception