6 September

Five exceptional feature films at Down Under Berlin 2016!

Five exceptional feature films at Down Under Berlin 2016!

In the last instalment of showing off our 2016 film festival program, we are faced with some of the best and critically acclaimed films in recent times, from Australia and New Zealand. Check out these 5 films from Down Under and start booking your tickets! We’ll see you at the movies!

30 August

Getting inside the DUB short films of 2016!

Getting inside the DUB short films of 2016!

Put simply, a short film is an expression, a story, brought to life, often independently, by the filmmakers themselves. Down Under Berlin has chosen short films this year, to be able to give you a variety of genres and lengths, styles and topics, that all represent the quality of filmmaking in Down Under today all that sit within our theme of ‘Life Happens’.






23 August

’10 Questions with…’ this year’s filmmakers

’10 Questions with…’ this year’s filmmakers

This month’s ’10 Questions with…’ is a group effort as we spread the love between 5 of our full-length films showing at this year’s Down Under Berlin festival. Documentary, love story drama, thriller, animation adventure and Aussie romantic comedy, we ask about the films and also about themselves in two questions each. Speed dating, for film buffs.






16 August

Berlin’s Long Night of the Film Festivals

Berlin’s Long Night of the Film Festivals

Come and join Down Under Berlin at the Lange Nacht der Film Festivals Saturday, August 20th! We are so happy to be involved that we have selected a special group of short films from last years DUB festival to show off film from Australia and New Zealand. See you there!






8 August

Highlights from Down Under Berlin 2015

Highlights from Down Under Berlin 2015

We thought it would be a nice idea to have a look back at the favourites from last year’s festival. We invited some of DUB staff to talk about the films that were the most well received, and why they made such an impression on our audiences. Revisiting these films gets us more excited about the line-up of the 2016 program, and we can’t wait to share it with you soon!






2 August

Supporting Independent Australian film

Supporting Independent Australian film

Not considered a classic ‘blockbuster’ they may have a small release and short season in the smaller scale cinemas around the country, but, independent film in Australia is often the only way many Australian films get made.






27 July

New Zealanders in Hollywood – with Sitting Room Only

New Zealanders in Hollywood – with Sitting Room Only

Down Under Berlin is celebrating a wonderful new project called Sitting Room Only. New Zealand actress and producer Hannah Marshal came up with the concept of interviewing her New Zealand artist mates that working in the industry in LA. These are candid and entertaining chats, which give us a bit more of an insight into making it in Los Angeles.






19 July

’10 Questions with…’ Down Under Berlin’s Frances Hill

’10 Questions with…’ Down Under Berlin’s Frances Hill

To run a week long festival in a foreign country to your own, is not an easy feat. It takes passion, dedication and drive, a bit of movie know-how, a good team, and a sense of humour doesn’t hurt. The next in our series of “10 questions with…”, we ask DUB master and chief, Frances Hill, a few questions to get to know her a little better.






11 July

The Hunt for Taika Waititi

The Hunt for Taika Waititi

Internationally acclaimed New Zealand filmmaker Taika Waititi created films like What we do in the Shadows and Eagle vs Shark. From his academy award nomination for Two Cars, One Night, to having two of New Zealand’s highest grossing films Boy and Hunt For the Wilderpeople. How did he get there?






7 July

The ‘Jackson Effect’ – Boosting New Zealand Film Production

The ‘Jackson Effect’ – Boosting New Zealand Film Production

Author Frank Stark has said, “In the 115-year history of film in this country, more than half of all our feature films were made in just the past 10 years“. From The Lord Of The Rings to the latest internationally successful films as What we do in the shadows and Mahana, how did the ‘Jackson Effect’ finally become the foundation for a rise in national New Zealand film production?