DUB film submissions have closed!!!

by Charmaine Gorman –

Attention all Aussie and New Zealand filmmakers! The Down Under Berlin Film Festival returns from 13-17 September 2017 to Kino Moviemento and DUB film submissions have now closed!

If you’ve missedd out, read below about how you can get to done for next year!


Have you submitted your film to the 7th DUB Festival yet?

Ok, so the early bird deadline has passed, but not to worry, the new dates you need to know are

  • regular deadline is April 16
  • late deadline April 30

…..then that’s it, no more submissions!

What do past filmmakers have to say about having their films in DUB?

Down Under Berlin is a fantastic festival, with a great selection of Aussie and Kiwi movies, and a warm, friendly atmosphere. Antipodean filmmakers should definitely submit!

Stuart McBratney, Director – Pop Up (DUB 2016)

“I was very pleased with the way they looked after my own MESSAGE FROM MUNGO, with guest speakers (locally recruited) and inventive publicity. I was impressed by their careful and respectful approach.”

Andrew Pike, Director/producer – Message from Mungo (DUB 2015)

Am I eligible?

We figure that must be your next question. In order to enter, your film should fulfil at least one of the following

  • -The subject matter of the film strongly depicts Australian or New Zealand people, places, landscapes, cultures, or any other Australian or New Zealand themes.
  • -Australia or New Zealand was the main location where the film was made.
  • -At least one of the director(s) and/or writer(s) of the film are from Australia or New Zealand or their main places of residence are in Australia or New Zealand.

If your film is selected, we will notify you by 30 June 2017.

Why should I submit?

Well apart from being shown at an international film festival in one of the most creative cities in the world, DUB also has audience awards for best feature and best short. The winner will be presented with a prize from one of our sponsors. In 2016 winners received the awesome camera stabilisers, solidLUUV, from the Berlin-based tech startup LUUV. This year…well, it’s a surprise so you have to wait and see.

But apart from that fun stuff, your film will be seen by not just Berliners who love film from down under, but travelling Aussies and New Zealanders, or those residing in Berlin, who love to support their local film industry, plus other international guests and travellers who love film and like to see something from the other side of this wide world.

“As an Aussie living abroad, Down Under Berlin enabled me to connect. It makes sense of how Australia sees itself in the world.”

-Tom Pagliaro (Australia)

“Down Under Berlin is all about the atmosphere: the lounge, the people, the films. It lets you travel in your own mind. DUB is familiar, like old Berlin.

-Ute Eggers (Germany)

And so, what now? What are you waiting for? Spread the word!

SUBMIT YOUR FILM HERE! and check out FilmFreeways fantastic submissions site.

If you need any more information, we are always here to help! Email info@downunderberlin.de

Sign up to the DUB Newsletter, check out our Facebook page for more updates and we’ll see you at the movies!


Charmaine Gorman is an Australian actress and writer living in Berlin with her family. As a content writer and editor, she works for many clients around the world, she also facilitates the Robert Marchand acting and directing workshops in Berlin.


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