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.
Down Under Berlin has the privilege to speak with award winning journalist, filmmaker, and founder of the awesome and inspiring film-sharing platform We Are Moving Stories. As well as being an interesting subject for our next ’10 Questions with…’ series, Carmela Baranowska is also an all round awesome chick, a huge supporter of film, and of women in film.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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?
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?