Submissions for 2018 begin soon!

Down Under Berlin promotes Australian and New Zealand cinematographic art and culture in Germany and Europe by means of initiating intercultural dialogue and exchange between these countries and Germany. In other words, we love Down Under cinema and want to share it with our audiences here in Berlin. All submission deadlines are listed further down on this page.

Down Under Berlin Audience Awards & Prizes

Each year our audience votes for their 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.

Who can submit to Down Under Berlin

If your film fulfils at least one of the following prerequisites we are encouraging you to submit to Down Under Berlin:

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

Please note, that if your film is available online it must be password protected for the whole duration of the submission process and throughout the festival.

Here is how you can submit your film

Down Under Berlin proudly accepts entries via, the world’s best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more.


Please read this part carefully

Screening copies on DCP or 35mm film can only be accepted if the entrant provides for all shipment costs to and from the festival. Films with a separate soundtrack cannot be entered.

The submission fees go straight towards covering the festival production costs.

For more information please check out our festival site on

Our deadlines this year are as follows:
Earlybird Deadline: tbd, Regular Deadline: tbd, Late Deadline: tbd.

Award prizes

For our 7th festival edition in 2017 Down Under Berlin was delighted to present language service provider Lingual Consultancy as our main awards sponsor and international filmmaking community platform FilmUp as additional award sponsor. Lingual Consultancy provided each winner in the category “Best Film” and “Best Short Film” 90 minutes of subtitling including translation and adaptation into a single target language. Film Up provided a one year premium subscription for the the runner up of “Best Short Film” and the winners of each round of the Australian vs. New Zealand Short Film Battle.

In 2016 we had partnered up with Berlin-based hardware startup LUUV who sponsored two of their award-winning solidLUUV stabilizers as prizes for the recipients of our 2016 audience awards. solidLUUV works with all action cameras, smartphones, compact & 360° cameras, under 500g.

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