Winners, winners, so many winners! Here's a rundown of what was what for 2017. Did you eat a Tim Tam with us?
We were feeling the love this year, so we wanted to give back to our fabulous audience. Apart from the complimentary Oma Marnie’s pies and red and white wine on hand after a selected few screenings: we drew two raffle voting cards who both won a 6 month subscription to ExBerliner magazine, tickets to the late night short film screening through a Tim Tam eating competition (so essentially the Tim Tams consumed were given away too!) and then, of course, our audience voted on which films they liked best.
The two winning short films that took out the audience gongs on the Australia vs. New Zealand Short Film Battle were the drama The World In Your Window by Zoe McIntosh and ‘black’ comedy Madam Black, by Ivan Barge. Both of these winners won a year-long premium subscription to the international film sharing platform FilmUp.
Best Film went to the heart-wrenching Australian documentary Deep Water: The Real Story by Amanda Blue. This film had the audience aghast to learn the events that took place at the time, and also, in tears from the first-hand stories from survivors and families of lost, loved ones.
Best Short Film was once again Madam Black by Ivan Barge. We screened 28 short films over 5 different sessions and Madam Black was a clear overall winner. This story had the audience laughing out loud in the cinema. It’s dark, it’s awkward, it’s sweet and simple, yet simply entertaining.
Amanda and Ivan receive up to 90 minutes of subtitling services for her next film from Lingual Consultancy.
The runner-up to the Best Short Film of the entire festival was also, The World In Your Window. This is a 15-minute drama, beautifully shot and carefully constructed so that it takes the audience on a journey with the main characters, without using too much dialogue.
These results prove that you just can’t go past quality short and that when our audience speaks – we listen!
So here’s a big fat THANK YOU to you, our audience, we couldn’t have done it without you. – Keep updated through all our social channels and newsletter for the next Down Under Berlin special event screening, and we’ll see you at the movies!
Charmaine Gorman is an Australian actress and writer living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, and along with her husband, is the founder and content manager of the online travel guide My Guide Berlin