Program 2018

Call for Entries 2018

Down Under Berlin returns for its 8th edition from 19-23 September 2018.

We are proud to announce that our Call for Entries for the 2018 edition is now open! Submit your film to Down Under Berlin - Europe’s leading festival for Australian & New Zealand film. Qualify for a unique chance to present your film in front of an international audience in Berlin, Europe’s vibrant cultural metropolis.

Filmmakers in the competition are eligible for “Best Film” and “Best Short Film” audience awards. Short film makers will also get the chance to compete in the epic “Battle of the Shorts: Australia vs. New Zealand”. 

For more information about the Audience Awards, please click here.



  • Early Bird Deadline: 11 March 2018
  • Regular Deadline: 14 April 2018
  • Late Deadline: 29 April 2018

"Amazing festival. Organisers are great and festival screenings are well attended. Definitely apply." – Shane T. Hall, director of 'Concealed' (DUB 2016)

Please note that all films must fulfil at least one of the following four prerequisites: 

a) The subject matter of the film strongly depicts Australian or New Zealand people, places, landscapes, cultures, or any other Australian or New Zealand themes. 
b) The film was completely or partially produced and/or funded by an Australian or New Zealand entity or legal person. 
c) Australia or New Zealand was the main filming location. 
d) At least one of the directors and/or the writers of the film is from Australia or New Zealand or have their main places of residence in Australia or New Zealand.

Full submission rules & regulations can be found on the FilmFreeway submission page.

For questions, please contact

If you can't wait until we announce our official program for 2018, you can catch up on our previous editions by visiting our Festival Archive or A-Z of films!