Season’s Greetings & A Little Something Extra

‘Tis the season to be jolly – and to watch awesome Australian and New Zealand short films!

Merry everything and happy always - all of us at DUB headquarters wish you a joyful holiday season 2019! In addition to the season’s greetings, we’ve put together a list of Australian and New Zealand short films screened at Down Under Berlin’s past editions. After finishing their run on the film festival circuit, these shorts were released online for those of us who’d missed them on the big screen.

Give yourself the gift of cinematic bliss this year, and enjoy this enthralling mix of films from Down Under – from award-winning shorts to festival darlings to the overall good stuff - Down Under Berlin Film Festival approved! The list includes 2018 Cannes Palme d’Or winner “All These Creatures” as well as “The World in your Window”, screened at the prestigious Tribeca, Busan, Clermont-Ferrand film festivals (and DUB 2017, obviously). Enjoy the dystopian “Waltzing Tilda” (featuring a foul-mouthed bunny), queer drama “Tasty” (inspired by a true event), and the side-splittingly funny “Free Therapy”. Better than the second serving of that holiday cake, promise!

Drama by Charles Williams | Down Under Berlin 2019

An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unravelling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all.

Drama by Zöe McIntosh | Down Under Berlin 2017

Eight-year-old Jesse lives in a world of sadness and silence, stuck in a tiny caravan with his grief-stricken father. His friendship with a V8-driving trans woman gives Jesse hope for the future.

Dystopian comedy – drama by Jonathan Wilhelmsson | Down Under Berlin 2017

Tilda wakes up and finds herself all alone. With only her bunny rabbit Shane for company, she goes out into the empty world.

Drama by Ellen Richardson | Down Under Berlin 2018

Teenager Mallory must humiliate her younger sister in order to not lose face in front of her clique.

Sci-Fi stop-motion animation by Brodie Stephenson | Down Under Berlin 2018

An employee with a decade-long work placement contract grows tired of the isolation in his underground station and attempts to find his freedom.

Drama by Brendon McDonall | Down Under Berlin 2017

A lifelong friendship is under siege when two mature men visit the monolithic dam that defined their young lives, and are confronted by feelings that cannot be contained any longer.

Comedy by Aaron Lucas | Down Under Berlin 2019

A director with a broken heart directs a break up scene and has a breakdown on set while the cameras keep rolling.

Drama by Adam Jamsek | Down Under Berlin 2018

A father and his terminally ill seven-year-old son go trekking into the heart of a forest, in search for a magical healing bird.

Drama by Kate Holland | Down Under Berlin 2017

When Jaya, an Indian woman living in Berlin, meets Muazz, a Syrian refugee and a student in her class, she discovers a connection that reveals the path towards her own healing – as well as his.

Drama by Meaghan Palmer | Down Under Berlin 2018

Newbie queer teen, Ben, gets caught up in a police drug-raid during his first outing to gay night club in 1994. Inspired by a true event.

Horror thriller by Hannah Dougherty | Down Under Berlin 2018

A young woman searches for an escape from her everyday life in a holiday home on the South Coast of Australia but finds herself followed by a sinister figure.

Fantasy drama by Emma Blakey & Jason Lance David | Down Under Berlin 2018

When a lonely fisherman takes in a Selkie woman who is unable to return to sea, an unsustainable love forms with devastating repercussions.

Comedy by Venetia Taylor |Down Under Berlin 2017

Josh is in Venice, Mum is in Sydney. Josh doesn’t understand backpacking, Mum doesn’t understand Skype.

Thriller by Mia’kate Russell | Down Under Berlin 2017

For estranged sisters Liz and Ellie being a family has never been easy – but there are some horrors you create yourself.

Eat, drink, watch short films, and be merry! 🎄

Auste Serapinaite is a Lithuanian journalist and filmmaker. After moving to Berlin, she was absorbed by the city's film festival scene and currently moonlights as Co-Director of Down Under Berlin.