By Charmaine Kedmenec
What a glorious 5 days it was!
Opening with Jasper Jones on Wednesday night, made everyone in the whole audience so happy! The film itself was a great piece of cinema and we enjoyed some lovely Australian wine, which was supplied by the Australian Embassy in the Moviemento lounge after the film.
Check out our little opening promo featuring Angus Acton-Cavanough, 2nd Secretary at the Australian Embassy in Berlin.
Thursday brought you the epic “Battle of the Shorts” where Australian and New Zealand short films competed for the audience votes! This was an extremely fun event and the crowd really got into it, with a Tim Tam eating competition, an interview with attending filmmaker Jonathan Wilhelmsson and much frivolity that lead us late into the night!
Friday night was celebrated with Pecking Order, which was introduced by Alexandra Smithyman, Deputy Head of Mission of the New Zealand Embassy in Berlin, and then the audience enjoyed wine and pies sponsored by the Embassy in the lounge! Ohhh, and how good the pies were! Thank you, Oma Marnie’s Pies! Late night screening of the Australian Sci-Fi OtherLife in attendance of German producer Marco Mehlitz had people voting like crazy to try to make it their favourite film of the festival.
Saturday was such a huge day where we celebrated film from Down Under with two short film sessions, the very popular documentary Deep Water: The Real Story, a moving tribute in I am Heath Ledger, and then after the on the edge of your seat horror/thriller Hounds of Love we all needed to relax and let off some steam at the festival party straight away at Café Futuro, where we partied until early hours.
Suddenly, it was Sunday, where we began with getting meat eaters hungry by screening the documentary Barbecue, and then eating more pies, before revelling in the Australian true crime film Joe Cinque’s Consolation followed by a Q&A with attending director Sotiris Dounoukos. Throwing in another packed short film session for good measure, we announced the festival winners (find out who won BEST FILM and BEST SHORT FILM!) and then closed with the heartfelt documentary Spookers, before settling in with another drink in the lounge to close the night.
Luckily we had cameras at the ready to take some wonderful photos and videos. You can see all of the stills on our Flickr channel and all the videos proudly presented on our YouTube channel! It’s a lot of fun to scroll through the presentations, filmmaker Q&A’s, promo videos and general fun times, so we suggest you grab a cup of tea and settle in for a binge-watch to catch up on anything you missed.
So, there you have it folks: One awesome Down Under Film Festival wrapped up for another year. After a break we’ll work on what happens next, so watch this space to find out what’s next from Down Under on the Moviemento screen, and once again….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, and along with her husband, is the founder and content manager of the online travel guide My Guide Berlin
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