“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!
We finally get the chance to fill you in on the rest of the Down Under Berlin program for this year under our new motto – LOOKING BEYOND. This year’s festival program encompasses a compelling range of fiction and documentary films that look beyond everyday life, towards new futures, and healing broken pasts.
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.
The 5th Lange Nacht der Filmfestivals – Long night of the film festival….what the what? Which film festival? Well, ALL OF THEM! One long night where up to 100 films are screened in one night from 3 pm on Saturday, August 19th, to the early hours of Sunday morning.