That was Down Under Berlin 2017

As we wrap up the Down Under Berlin Film Festival 2017, we take a quick look at all the wonderful people, places, and things that helped get these last 5 days up and running.

We had 10 attending filmmakers and film team members with us this year, and each of them were a joy to have as our guest. We all ate copious amounts of pies and drank good wine and had some excellent company in the form of 930 fantastic audience members over the course of the festival.

Down Under Berlin Directors with the film team of “No Monsters in Berlin” ©Martin Bayer 2017

“Down Under Berlin is one of the warmest and intimate festivals I’ve attended. The atmosphere is friendly, authentic and professional. I’m very thankful to be selected by DUB” – Mala Ghedia – Attending co-author/ executive producer/actress 2017

Our major sponsors, who we couldn’t do without, deserve a huge thank you from us: Both the Australia now program/Australian Embassy and the New Zealand Embassy; our media and marketing partners Zitty, DIE DRAUSSENWERBER, EXBERLINER, Berliner Fenster and FluxFM; our loyal supporters and advertising customers Adina Apartment Hotels, BierBier, Die.Projektoren, Moviemento Kino, the New Zealand Film Commission, Oma Marnie’s Pies, Rust Sydney, Tim Tam Shop and Lockwood; and last – but not least – our Audience Awards prize sponsors in 2017 FilmUp and Lingual Consultancy.

Down Under Berlin directors with Lingual Consultancy representatives Atul Bansal and Karl Hillbrick ©Martin Bayer

Lingual Consultancy representative Karl Hillbrick announced the winning films of the audience awards on Sunday night. We are so happy and proud to say that the Australian documentary Deep Water: The Real Story won BEST FILM and New Zealand comedy Madam Black won BEST SHORT FILM. These filmmakers received up to 90 minutes of subtitling services from Lingual Consultancy for their next project!

Deep Water: The Real Story ©Alina Gozina

Madam Black

“Down Under Berlin has such a vibrant feel, and it gives the opportunity for our German friends to experience true Australian and New Zealand cinema, supported by an amazing opening night film, in a well presented venue for the evening.” Karl Hillbrick –Lingual Consultancy (DUB major film prize sponsor)

Other winners were from the ‘Short Film Battle’ on Thursday night: Madam Black once again, and The World in Your Window, both representing New Zealand, have won a one year premium subscription for the international filmmaking community platform FilmUp. Runner up of the BEST SHORT FILM overall was also The World In Your Window. Congratulations to all the filmmakers who won!

Finally, the DUB Team would like to thank you, the audience, without whom, we could not run. We hope you’ve had as much film satisfaction watching these stories, both big and small, on the cinema screen, as we did in bringing them to you.

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