“Excuse me gentlemen, but the guys seem to eat all the cake,” said renowned New Zealand director Jane Campion at the 2014 Cannes Film Festival. The New Zealand Film Commission states that between 2011-2016, 19% of feature film development applications that received funding specifically included a female director.
For a long time, New Zealand cinema was understood, both at home and overseas, through some of the discourses articulated in the documentary, ‘Cinema of Unease’: A Personal Journey (1995). Dr. Alfio Leotta asks, to which extent is the ‘cinema of unease’ still a valid construct to make sense of cinema in Aotearoa New Zealand?
Down Under Berlin are hosting the first ever Australia Versus New Zealand short film battle…and it’s going to be EPIC. We invite you to indulge in some short film fun and come to the competition. Grab a beer or two, a pop corn bag the size of your head and settle into the cozy Moviemento Kino to watch A LOT of short films, AND THEN – vote!
Not only is Lingual Consultancy (LC) a globally connected firm for translation, language recruitment, interpretation services, it also is our major prize sponsor’s for Down Under Berlin for 2017.
Some exciting subjects for our latest ‘10 questions with….’ this month are the creators of an awesome online film connecting platform called FilmUp. Have a read and learn a little more about these two individuals, as well as the FilmUp platform, gaining more and more exposure as we speak.
Millions of travellers head down under each year to sample the wild natural beauty of Australia and New Zealand. Marketing and advertising campaigns are all well and good, the respective tourism industries have long been beneficiaries of films that inspire audiences to make the long trip down to the bottom corner of the world.
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.