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21 September

Festival retrospect: “Home is where they accept you!”

Festival retrospect: “Home is where they accept you!”

The panel Aussies Abroad invited attending filmmakers to share their experiences of working Down Under and in other parts of the world. The diversity of cinema amongst Australian and New Zealand filmmakers is further encouraged through experiences outside of home and the place where directors grow up or spend their adult lives.

17 September

Festival retrospect: Indigenous storytelling at Down Under Berlin 2014

Festival retrospect: Indigenous storytelling at Down Under Berlin 2014

The selection of films in this year’s Indigenous section gave an impressive insight into the depth and quality of stories being told by Indigenous and Non Indigenous filmmakers. During three post film discussions, audience members enjoyed the chance to talk about issues affecting Indigenous peoples in both Australia and New Zealand.

9 September

A festival of wordly adventure

A festival of wordly adventure

In the lead-up to the 4th Down Under Berlin, Sebastian Rasmussen caught up with festival director Frances Hill to find out what makes this year so special.

Down Under Berlin is a fantastic opportunity for Australian filmmakers

  • Henry Boffin – DUB filmmaker 2013

    “Down Under Berlin is a chance to deliver Australian culture and film into the laps of the European climate which gives us, as Australian Filmmakers, a brilliant chance to learn and grow.”

    - Henry Boffin – DUB filmmaker 2013
  • Diane Busuttil – DUB filmmaker 2013

    “Down Under Berlin is an eclectic representation of the many talented Australian artists living and working in Berlin and Australia.”

    - Diane Busuttil – DUB filmmaker 2013
  • Matt Richards – DUB filmmaker

    “A great opportunity to share our work with Melbourne’s favourite European city.”

    - Matt Richards – DUB filmmaker
  • Daniel Biggins – DUB filmmaker 2013

    “Down Under Berlin is a chance for two cultures to come closer to compare and contrast their traditions of story telling.”

    - Daniel Biggins – DUB filmmaker 2013
  • Victoria Goodyear – DUB filmmaker 2013

    “Down Under Berlin is a wonderful showcase of Australian films in one of the coolest cities in the world.”

    - Victoria Goodyear – DUB filmmaker 2013

MAKE IT HOME

In its fourth year, Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival presented a range of moving, entertaining and thought-provoking films over four days from 11th to 14th September 2014, as it explored the theme: MAKE IT HOME. The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, was the official patron of the festival.

With its long history of migration, Australia and New Zealand have become a new home for millions, many of whom search for their ancestral homes in other parts of the world. A home away from home: in the special focus Aussies Abroad we take a look at a number of filmmakers from Down Under who have found their cinematic inspiration in places and people all around the globe. The plurality of home means that we can find it in unexpected places, and with people who become our family.

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