Down Under Berlin 2014: MAKE IT HOME

Down Under Berlin welcomed its audience to its 4th festival installment with a range of moving, entertaining and thought-provoking films over four days from 11th to 14th September 2014, as we explored the theme MAKE IT HOME. The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Klaus Wowereit, was the official patron of the festival.

With its long history of migration, Australia and New Zealand have become a new home for millions, many of whom search for their ancestral homes in other parts of the world. A home away from home: In the special focus Aussies Abroad we take a look at a number of filmmakers from Down Under who have found their cinematic inspiration in places and people all around the globe.

The plurality of home means that we can find it in unexpected places, and with people who become our family. This September, the Down Under Berlin festival will take its audience on a thrilling cinematic journey through historic moments in Australian film as well as modern features, examining the concepts of home and belonging within Australia and throughout the world. In 2014 we MAKE IT HOME.

Opening Feature 2014

The opening feature Red Dog took our guests on an adventure through the Australian outback, with a faithful companion and a heart-warming story of love, friendship and community. This award-winning film is based on the true story of a lovable canine who taught his companions that home is more than a place, it is who you share it with.


Program Overview

To the right you find our 2014 schedule full of films, music, literature and discussions! To view the full version of the schedule please click on the image. To download an online version of the printed program please click here.
Below you find a list of all of our different special focus programs in 2014, as well as information on the New Talents Showcase, Open Screen program, New Zealand and Indigenous films. Enjoy!



Aussies Abroad


A home away from home: in this special focus we take a look at a number of filmmakers from Down Under who have found their cinematic inspiration in places and people all around the globe. Many of the filmmakers will be present to discuss their experiences making films both Down Under and all over the world. Browse Films

Indigenous Australia


Indigenous Australia explores the history and current issues of indigenous life and culture in Australia and New Zealand by presenting works of renowned filmmakers and emerging talents. This year it features works by celebrated directors, such as cinema legend Charles Chauvel or Berlinale favourite Warwick Thornton. Browse Films



Dancing to the beat of their hearts. This year we explore not only imagery but also sound in film with a special focus on music and cinema.
To get into the musical spirit of the festival, Down Under Berlin together with The Vondomachine and Melbourne Canteen will host a series of concerts leading up to the festival, and also for our Closing Night Party on September 14th. Browse Films

Open Screen


This year, Down Under Berlin invites the Xposed International Queer Film Festival Berlin to show some of their favourite short films from the past. Xposed began as a short film festival nine years ago in Berlin featuring queer Australian films and has since grown into an internationally renowned event, celebrating queer cinema from all over the world. Browse Films

New Zealand

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This year’s New Zealand program at Down Under Berlin features films that deal with topics like identity, relationships and family.
Not only are we presenting Māori Shorts – contributed by the NZ Film Commission – but also this section delves into the dark nightmare of genetically modified killer sheep, and takes us on a journey of friendship and laughter. Browse Films


New Talents Showcase


The New Talents Showcase gives film schools in Australia and New Zealand the chance to present the final projects of their graduate students to an international audience in Germany.
Our audience will once again have the chance to choose their favourite films and vote for the Down Under Berlin New Talents Audience Award during the festival. Browse Films