9 February

Berlinale – Not just a red carpet

Berlinale – Not just a red carpet

There are 95 film festivals held in Berlin each year, these range from small scale to grandiose events. Naturally, the Down Under Berlin Film Festival it up there with the best of them, but as far as ranking goes, you can’t go past the Berlinale.

6 December

How to get film funding for your first short or feature

How to get film funding for your first short or feature

First-time filmmakers can get the short straw in a lot of ways. No one will give you money if you don’t have quality films to show, but to be able to make these films, someone needs to give you some money. Funding your first real feature film is a cheeky catch 22. Let’s assume that you have a final draft of your film that you are happy with. What’s next? – Film funding.






28 September

Down Under Berlin 2016 – it’s the end my friend!

Down Under Berlin 2016 – it’s the end my friend!

After everyone has caught up on all the things that fall behind when spending 5 days at a film festival, Down Under Berlin 2016 is done and dusted! Whether you were coming for the first time, or returning for your 6th, we hope you have had as wonderful a time as the DUB team has had. Thank you!






15 September

Down Under Berlin 2016 kicked off with a bold film choice!

Down Under Berlin 2016 kicked off with a bold film choice!

Last night was the opening night of Down Under Berlin 2016 and we kicked off in true down under fashion. Headlining film Spear had a waiting list,there was a last minute second screening to deal with the demand in tickets, and a bucket load of whiskey and ginger ale from Jameson’s Irish Whiskey for our audience.






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?