Down Under Berlin 2017
Down Under Berlin (DUB) successfully passed the seven-year itch and is "Looking Beyond" - as was the festival motto in 2017. From 13 to 17 September 2017, the festival took its audience on a journey to other worlds, into the hearts of monsters, back to the past, and into the future.
For the entire program, check out the festival calendar below or the program brochure here.
With a total of 37 films, the festival showed a wide range of genres including drama, animation, thriller, comedy, Indigenous, biopic, experimental, horror, and SciFi. Keeping its promise to bring bring fresh filmmaking from Australia and New Zealand to Berlin, 14 films celebrated their German, 13 their European and even five their international premiere.
Major favorites of the 930 audience members were opening and closing films Jasper Jones by Rachel Perkins and Spookers by Florian Habicht as well as the newly installed segment "The Battle of the Shorts: Australia vs. New Zealand" (Round 1 & Round 2) which filled the screening rooms to the brim.
Audience Awards Winners
As becomes for a proper battle, each of the two battle rounds were crowned with a winner film which were also winner and runner-up of the Audience Awards for "Best Short Film": New Zealand's festival hit Madam Black by Ivan Barge 'outpointed' fellow-countryman's festival darling The World In Your Window by Zoe McIntosh. The award for "Best Film" went to Amanda Blue's outstanding documentary Deep Water: The Real Story. Both Audience Awards winners received a subtitling package by major film prize sponsor Lingual Consultancy whereas the battle winners and the runner-up took home a one year premium membership to film network community FilmUp.
Karl Hillbrick, Lingual Consultancy
Audiences also enjoyed a diverse supporting program such as our festival party at Café Futuro, Oma Marnie's pies after the screening of Matthew Salleh's Barbecue and Slavko Martinov's 'chick-flick' Pecking Order and receptions hosted by the Australian and New Zealand Embassy in Berlin. We cordially thank both Embassies and its staff for their continuous support thoughout the years. We specifically thank Deputy Head of Mission of the New Zealand Embassy Alexandra Smithyman and Angus Acton-Cavanough, 2nd secretary of the Australian Embassy in Berlin, for their contributions to DUB 2017!
Attending film teams
Not only at these events but throughout the entire festival, audience members had the opportunity to mingle with attending filmmakers and film teams such as Jess and Michael Newman (The Cycle), Sotiris Dounoukos (Joe Cinque's Consolation), Susan Earl (Deep Storage), Jonathan Wilhelmsson (Waltzing Tilda), Teresa Palmers (Spookers), Marco Mehlitz (OtherLife), as well as Mala Ghedia, Samir Al Hajjar, and Milad Khawam (No Monsters in Berlin).
Mala Ghedia, co-author/executive producer/actress
Sponsors & Partners
By 2017, Down Under Berlin has become an integral part of Berlin’s festival scene and is Europe's leading film festival of Australian and New Zealand film. This would not be possible without the support of our many sponsors, supporters and cooperation partners which in 2017 were: Both the Australia now program/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 Hotels, BierBier, Die.Projektoren, Moviemento Kino, the New Zealand Film Commission, Oma Marnie’s Pies, Rust Sydney, Tim Tam Shop, Lockwood Berlin, and last – but not least – Audience Awards prize sponsors FilmUp and Lingual Consultancy.
See you in 2018!
Finally, Down Under Berlin and its team of volunteers would like to thank you, the audience, without whom, we could not and would not want run.
Festival Calendar 2017
201713sep8:00 pm10:15 pmJasper JonesRachel Perkins | AUS | 2017 | Coming-of-Age | 101min. | English | European Premiere8:00 pm - 10:15 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Coming-of-AgePremiere Status:EuropeanFilm Tags:Festival Opening,Followed by Reception,With Introduction
201714sep7:30 pm9:00 pmThe Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ - Round 1Diverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2015-2017 | 73 min | English & Tongan | Diverse Premieres7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Coming-of-Age,Drama,ExperimentalPremiere Status:German,InternationalFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance
201714sep9:30 pm11:00 pmThe Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ - Round 2Diverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2015-2017 | 76 min | English & Samoan | Diverse Premieres9:30 pm - 11:00 pm Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Comedy,Coming-of-Age,DramaPremiere Status:European,German,International
201715sep7:30 pm9:00 pmPecking OrderSlavko Martinov | NZ | 2017 | Documentary | 88 min | English | German Premiere7:30 pm - 9:00 pm Country:New ZealandGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:GermanFilm Tags:With Introduction
201715sep9:45 pm10:30 pmOtherLifeBen C. Lucas | AUS | 2016 | Sci-Fi | 96 min | English | International Premiere9:45 pm - 10:30 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:Science FictionPremiere Status:InternationalFilm Tags:Film Team in Attendance,With Q&A
201716sep2:00 pm3:15 pmShorts: Discover Your SelfDiverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2016 | 65 min | English | Diverse Premieres2:00 pm - 3:15 pm Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Experimental,RomancePremiere Status:European,German,InternationalFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance
201716sep3:45 pm7:15 pmDeep Water: The Real StoryAmanda Blue| AUS | 2016 | Documentary | 87 min | English | European Premiere3:45 pm - 7:15 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:European
201716sep6:15 pm7:45 pmI Am Heath LedgerAdrian Buitenhuis & Derik Murray | AUS | 2017 | Documentary | 91 min | English | European Premiere6:15 pm - 7:45 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:European
201716sep11:00 pm11:59 pmShorts: Late Night SpecialDiverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2015-2016 | 60 min | English | Diverse Premieres11:00 pm - 11:59 pm Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Animation,Comedy,Documentary,Drama,HorrorPremiere Status:European,GermanFilm Tags:Film Team in Attendance,Filmmaker in Attendance
201717sep6:30 am7:45 amShorts: Sunday SelectionDiverse directors | AUS & NZ | 2015-2017 | 64 min | English & German| Diverse Premieres6:30 am - 7:45 am Country:Australia,New ZealandGenre:Animation,Comedy,Documentary,Drama,Experimental,ThrillerPremiere Status:European,German,InternationalFilm Tags:Film Team in Attendance
201717sep1:15 pm3:00 pmBarbecueMatthew Salleh | AUS | 2017 | Documentary | 101 min | Diverse w. Engl. subtl. | European Premiere1:15 pm - 3:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:DocumentaryPremiere Status:EuropeanFilm Tags:Followed by Reception
201717sep3:45 pm8:00 pmJoe Cinque's ConsolationSotiris Dounoukos | AUS | 2016 | Crime | 102 min | English | German Premiere3:45 pm - 8:00 pm Country:AustraliaGenre:CrimePremiere Status:GermanFilm Tags:Filmmaker in Attendance,With Q&A