Down Under Berlin Film Festival has been a vital hub for enthusiasts of Australian and New Zealand cinema and culture since 2011. As Europe's leading festival for Australian and New Zealand film, it brings fresh filmmaking from Australia and New Zealand to Berlin, offering a platform for these incredible films and new audiences to meet at the heart of Europe.

Only a few films from Down Under actually get a European release and most of their unique elements such as poetic, stunning visuals, distinct quirkiness, dark humour and authentic storytelling are too often lost to the European and German audience. Here, Down Under Berlin steps in. Ranging from independent productions to blockbusters, from student and professional short films to inspiring documentaries – diversity is one of the cornerstones of the program. Audiences of Down Under Berlin can enjoy all types of films such as drama, comedy, thriller, horror, animation, Indigenous and experimental.

The festival regularly cooperates 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) and the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS).

Filmmakers in the competition are eligible for “Best Film” and “Best Short Film” Audience Awards. In 2018, the Audience Awards were sponsored by the world's leading video, photo, TV & film production management software StudioBinder, music licensing platform Gnarles and online film community platform FilmUp.

Audience Award - Best Film
Audience Award - Best Short Film

2019 FILM REQUIREMENTS

1. Down Under Berlin accepts films of all genres and running times. There is no restriction regarding the production year but films not older than 2 years are preferred. Participation in other festivals does not preclude participation in Down Under Berlin.
2. Films must fulfill at least one of the following four prerequisites:
a) The subject matter of the film strongly depicts Australian or New Zealand people, places, landscapes, cultures, or any other Australian or New Zealand themes.
b) The film was completely or partially produced and/or funded by an Australian or New Zealand entity or legal person.
c) Australia or New Zealand was the main filming location.
d) At least one of the directors and/or writers of the film are from Australia or New Zealand or have their main places of residence in Australia or New Zealand.
3. Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway only.
4. Films must be password protected if available online (e.g. on YouTube or Vimeo).
5. Should the submitted film be available on SVoD/VoD by 26 September 2019, the submitter must inform the festival about this immediately and state the respective release date and content provider. This rule also applies to a German cinema and/or television release.
6. All films must have an embedded soundtrack.
7. All non-English films must have embedded English subtitles.
8. You must have express permission from the film’s rights holder to submit. The same rule applies to all films if more than one film is submitted.
9. You must have the appropriate copyright clearances for all music used in the film (if required). The same rule applies to all films if more than one film is submitted.

ENTRY FEES

Entry fees are in US dollars, per film and non-refundable.

AUDIENCE AWARDS

1. By entering a film into the awards competition for “Best Film” and “Best Short Film” you must guarantee that no rights of third parties are violated by this agreement.
2. Music videos are screened out of competition.

ONLINE SCREENER

1. You can only submit your film online by providing us with an online screener.
2. The festival reserves the right to provide the local press with a copy of the film for promotional purposes leading up to the festival.

PR & INFO MATERIAL

1. Providing the following PR material with your online submission is mandatory as it is needed to produce the festival's marketing material (e.g. catalogue):
a) contact details (email, telephone, postal address)
b) press material (synopsis, cast/crew information, EPK etc.)
c) printable high-resolution film stills (in 300 dpi) including copyright information
d) poster image
e) link to the film’s website and/or social media profiles
f) film trailer (if available)
g) information about the film’s cinema release (national, international).
2. Please also provide:
a) information about a possible attendance of you or other film team members at the festival
b) director’s short biography, filmography, and photo
3. All submitted material will be used for promotional purposes only.

SELECTION

1. All submitters will be notified of acceptance via email. Please regularly check the email you used to submit your film.
2. In case of selection, all PR material must be provided with the submission or by 8 July 2019 the latest. The screening copy of the film has to be provided by 29 July 2019.
3. No screening or any other fees can be paid for submitted films selected through the Call for Entries.
4. Selected filmmakers are very welcome to attend the festival. Unfortunately, the festival can neither provide room, board, or travel nor cover any costs related to the attendance at the festival.

SCREENING COPY

1. The screening copy of a film must be provided as a download link (preferred) or hard copy, fulfilling the following technical requirements:
a) DCP (CRU or USB)
b) digital files (mp4, mov, mkv; codecs: h264, mpeg2, mpeg4, h264)
OR
c) BluRay
2. All hard drives must be PC formatted.
3. If the exhibition copy is a DCP, hard drive, or BluRay all transport to and from the festival must be paid for by the submitter.

SHIPPING

1. Shipments of screening copies must be properly declared. No faulty declaration will be accepted.
2. A customs pro forma invoice must be added to the shipment that declares the following:
a) content (e.g. used hard drive)
b) content value (MUST NOT exceed AUD/NZD/EUR/USD 10.00)
c) purpose (temporary import for a film festival from 26-29th September 2019).
3. All risks and costs of sending screening copies to and from the festival must be taken by the submitter. Down Under Berlin cannot be held responsible for any damages or expenses caused during shipment.
4. Screening copies (DCP and BluRay only) must be shipped to:
Down Under Berlin e.V.
c/o Moviemento Kino
Kottbusser Damm 22
10967 Berlin
Germany
For all other versions (non-DCP hard drive, USB), please contact submissions@downunderberlin.de.

VIOLATION OF AGREEMENT

1. In case of withdrawal of a film by you or a third person after being notified of your acceptance, you must pay a compensation fee of up to 500€ per film.
2. Any violation of the following requirements by the submitter will lead to the exclusion of the submitted film(s). In this case, you must pay a compensation fee of up to 500€ per film.
3. Compensation fees must be paid within four weeks after the notification date of the withdrawal or the exclusion. Withdrawals and exclusions can only be accepted if sent in written form.

LEGAL DISCLAIMER

1. Legal domicile of Down Under Berlin e.V. is Berlin, Germany. Any disputes arising hereunder will be settled before a competent Berlin court of law. The applicable law is the law of Germany.
2. Participation in Down Under Berlin implies acceptance of all the above-mentioned rules and terms. Down Under Berlin does not agree to any terms other than those mentioned above.
3. If any part of these rules and terms shall be or become invalid, then they shall be replaced by that valid term which comes closest to its meaning and intention. All other parts of these rules and terms shall remain valid in that case.
4. Festival dates and venue are subjects to change.
5. Festival reserves the right to revise rules and terms, film selection criteria, screenings, awards, and activities if necessary.

CONTACT

For any questions, please contact submissions@downunderberlin.de
For more information about Down Under Berlin, visit www.downunderberlin.de

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  • Mia'kate Russell

    What a great festival!! Thank you for showing ‘Maggie May’ it was an honour to play there x

    October 2019
  • Alan King

    My short film WILD WILL was selected but sadly I was unable to make it to the festival. The festival staff were all very friendly, helpful and responsive and the communication was excellent. I feel very fortunate to have my film included alongside such an incredible line up of films at this year’s festival!!

    October 2019
  • Matthew Young

    I am so glad I flew in from Sydney, Australia just to attend this festival for its European premiere, even though I had to race back to Australia afterwards in order to attend an important state premiere at another festival. It was so worth it. Opening Night and Closing Night were fantastic for networking. I felt really taking in by the festival team as if I were one of the family. I was given the VIP experience as a filmmaker for the entire duration of the festival. I got to connect with some exciting filmmakers with interesting careers from Australia, New Zealand and Germany, which is everything I could have hoped for in attending this festival. I really hope to be selected again to share my future projects with this festival's ever-expanding community and in which case, I will definitely be back to attend! Or if I find myself in Berlin at the right time, I will attend regardless as I feel a great connection with the festival team and its wider community now!

    I attended most of the festival screenings with my gold pass and was blown-away by much of the high-quality programming.

    Communication with me by the festival was flawless and highly personable yet professional, dating back to half way through the year over email correspondence and in attendance at the festival.

    Loved that my screening received close to a full-house cinema and the audience had a great energy about them on the night.

    Can't wait for the next time! This festival is definitely a unique favourite of mine

    October 2019
  • Eloise Walker

    Down Under Berlin is one of the best film festivals in Berlin. It was a pleasure to attend as a director. They were very accommodating for all attendees. The energy at the festival was amazing, and the closing party was so much fun. Hope to visit again sometime soon!

    February 2019
  • Adam Jamsek

    A great festival that harnesses the personal love for their passion for film. A festival that really captures the pure essence of true cinema, really great to be involved in and very rare.

    October 2018