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.

20 September

You voted, and the winners are…

You voted, and the winners are…

There were added 6 extra screenings in total. Roughly 1100 guests, 200 pies and sausage rolls eaten, and a party with the attending filmmakers and guests at Zum Böhmischen Dorf till about 5am Sunday morning. It’s fair to say a good time was had by all over the course of the full five festival days. We say thank you!

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!

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.

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.

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?

28 June

Australian Filmmakers in Berlin – Can you make it?

Australian Filmmakers in Berlin – Can you make it?

Whether you be director, writer, cameraman, sound recorder or editor, it’s hard enough in Australia to break into the filmmaking business. If you’re not living the dream you expected, well, enough of the dream to quit your job waiting tables, many people head overseas to try to work there. Hollywood, London…..Berlin?