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. Short filmmakers also get the chance to compete in the “Battle of the Shorts: Australia vs. New Zealand”. In 2017, the Audience Awards were sponsored by major awards sponsor and language service provider Lingual Consultancy. Other prizes were sponsored by online film network community FilmUp.

Audience Award - Best Film
Audience Award - Best Short Film
Winner of "The Battle of the Shorts: AUS vs. NZ"


1. 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.
2. Films must be submitted via FilmFreeway (online screener) only.
3. Films must be password protected if available online (e.g. on YouTube or Vimeo).
4. If the submitted film will be available on SVoD/VoD by 23 September 2018, the submitter must inform the festival about this and state the respective release date and content provider. This rule also applies to a German cinema and/or television release.
5. All films must have an embedded soundtrack.
6. All non-English films must have embedded English subtitles.
7. You may submit more than one film, but you must complete a separate entry form and pay the entry fee for each film.
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.


1. Entry fees are non-refundable.


By entering into the awards competition for “Best Film”, “Best Short Film” and “Winner of the Battle of the Shorts” you must guarantee that no rights of third parties are violated by this agreement.


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.
3. The festival reserves the right to publicly present submitted films at other events related to the promotion of Down Under Berlin. In case of disagreement, you may enter an objection in written form to at any time.


1. You must provide the following PR material with your online submission:
a) contact details (email, telephone, postal address)
b) press material (synopsis, cast/crew information etc.)
c) printable high-resolution film stills (in 300 dpi) with copyright information
d) poster image
e) link to film’s website and/or social media profiles
f) director’s short biography, filmography, and photo
g) film trailer
2. You may also provide:
a) Information about a possible attendance of you or other film team members at the festival
3. Submitted material will be used for promotional purposes only.


1. All submitters will be notified via email of acceptance.
2. In case of selection, all PR material must be provided by 8 July 2018. The screening copy of the film has to be provided by 29 July.
3. No screening fees can be paid for films selected through the Call for Entries.


1. Screening copies of films must be provided as (download link or hard copy)
a) DCP (CRU or USB)
b) digital files (mp4, mov, mkv; codecs: h264, mpeg2, mpeg4, h264)
c) BluRay
d) 35mm.
2. If the exhibition copy is a DCP, hard drive, 35mm print, or BluRay all transport to and from the festival must be paid for by the submitter.
3. All hard drives must be PC formatted.


1. All risks and cost 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.
2. Shipments of screening copies must be properly declared. No faulty declaration will be accepted.
3. A customs declaration must be added to the shipment that declares the value of the content does not exceed AUD 10 / NZD 10.
4. The shipment must be clearly marked: “No commercial value. For cultural purposes only”.
5. Screening copies (DCP, BluRay, and 35mm only) must be shipped to:
Down Under Berlin e.V.
c/o Moviemento Kino
Kottbusser Damm 22
10967 Berlin

For all other versions (non-DCP hard drive, USB), please contact


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.
a) Films must be password protected if available online.
b) If the submitted film will be available on SVoD/VoD by 23 September 2018, the submitter must inform the festival about this and state the respective release date and content provider. This rule also applies to a German cinema and/or television release.
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.


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.


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Overall Rating
  • 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
  • Adam Thorogood

    Incredibly well organised festival with fun friendly people. Had a great time and will definitely be submitting again!

    October 2018
  • Jonathan Wilhelmsson

    Had a great time in Berlin. The film's were great and everyone was really friendly. Highly recommend!

    September 2017
  • DUB is one of the warmest and intimate festivals I've attended. The atmosphere is friendly, authentic and professional.
    Very thankful to be selected by DUB

    September 2017
  • shane hall

    Amazing festival. Organisers are great and festival screenings are well attended. Definitely apply.

    December 2016