Down Under Berlin Film Festival
About Down Under Berlin
Down Under Berlin was established in 2011 by Australian Frances Hill and is a project of the non-profit association Down Under Berlin e.V. Since then it has developed into the largest film festival in Europe dedicated to Australian and New Zealand film. As such it provides not only a window to storytelling and cinematography from Down Under but also a platform for filmmakers, who want to present their work to an international audience in Germany’s vibrant capital city. Besides of its annual festival Down Under Berlin offers various events throughout the year such as special event screenings, open air nights, previews, and Q&As with filmmakers – e.g. with directors Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement in 2014.
A rare platform for talents from Down Under
Only few films from Down Under actually get a European cinema release. Thus, most of the poetic, visually stunning images, the distinct quirkiness, dark humour and authentic storytelling, which in their combination are unique to Australian and New Zealand cinema, would be lost to European and German audiences. Here, Down Under Berlin steps in and brings fresh filmmaking from Australia and New Zealand to Berlin – as well as their filmmakers and film crews.
Diversity is the key
The festival showcases a wide range of films from independent productions to blockbusters, student or professional short films to inspiring documentaries. Without a focus on a specific genre, audiences of Down Under Berlin can enjoy all types of films such as drama, comedy, thriller, horror, animation, Indigenous and experimental. To guarantee the best and latest film highlights, the festival program consists of both submitted films and carefully selected film novelties and/or classics. It also co-operates with renowned film institutions and film schools such as the New Zealand Film Commission, Screen Australia, the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (VCA), or the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where award-winning director Warwick Thornton acquired his education.
Awards and prizes
Each year the festival audience votes for its favourite films in the categories “Best Short Film” and “Best Film” and the winning entries receive the Down Under Berlin Audience Award in the respective category. In 2017, the runner up in the category “Best Short Film” was awarded as well as the winners of the Australian vs. New Zealand short film battle – a new highlight slot of the festival program. For more information about the award prizes and its sponsors click here.
Venue: Moviemento Kino
Being one of Germany’s oldest independent cinemas, Moviemento Kino stands out through its award winning film programming. The cinema is regularly awarded with the “Kinoprogrammpreis” by the state-run film and media funding body Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg for its important contribution to Berlin’s vital film culture.
Down Under Berlin e.V.
Kottbusser Damm 22
Kottbusser Damm 22