Since 2011 we have been contributing to Berlin’s movie culture by bringing poetic, visually stunning images, a distinct quirkiness, dark humour and authentic storytelling, which in their combination are unique to Australian and New Zealand cinema, to a German screen. Only a few films from Down Under actually get a European release. That is why our festival is so important.

To bring fresh filmmaking to Berlin we co-operate with highly recognised Australian film schools, such as the Victorian College of the Arts in Melbourne (VCA), which counts actresses like Naomi Watts and Nicole Kidman among their alumni or the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS) where award-winning director Warwick Thornton acquired his education. We also give film schools the chance to present film projects by their graduate students to an international audience in Germany.

As of 2015 we are putting an equal focus on New Zealand filmmaking. In the course of this important transition we are expanding our reach to film schools and institutions in New Zealand.

The festival is organised by Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival e.V., a non-profit organisation based in Berlin, Germany.

Awards & Prizes

Down Under Berlin Audience Award - Best Film
Down Under Berlin Audience Award - Best Short Film

Rules & Terms

1. Down Under Berlin accepts Australian and New Zealand films of all genres, running times and for all age groups. There is no restriction regarding the production year of submitted films. Participation in other festivals does not preclude participation in Down Under Berlin.

2. Films submitted to Down Under Berlin through the Call for Entries must be password protected if available online and must fulfil at least one of the following prerequisites:
1) the subject matter of the film strongly depicts Australian or New Zealand people, places, landscapes, cultures, or any other Australian or New Zealand themes
2) Australia or New Zealand was the main location where the film was made
3) 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.

3. If the original language of the submitted film is not English or German, English and/or German subtitles must be provided. German subtitles for English language films are appreciated but are not mandatory. Subtitles must be delivered as part of the picture.

4. The festival accepts electronic submissions via FilmFreeway only. 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.

5. Entry fees are non-refundable.

6. All films submitted to Down Under Berlin will be considered to take part in the competition for the Down Under Berlin Audience Awards for "Best Film" or "Best Short Film".

7. All risks and costs of sending preview screeners and screening copies to Down Under Berlin and all risks and costs of returning the screening copies to the Entrant or any third person are to be taken by the Entrant.
Screening copies will remain in the Down Under Berlin archive until the cost of returning the copies has been paid to Down Under Berlin.
Down Under Berlin cannot be held responsible for any damages or expenses caused during shipment.
The festival only accepts shipments that have been properly declared. A customs declaration has to be added to the shipment that declares the value of the content does not exceed 10 Euro. The festival cannot accept shipments with faulty declaration.
The shipment must be clearly marked: “No commercial value. For cultural purposes only”.

8. Entry fees must be paid to the festival using PayPal to this address: Please include the name of the film as part of the transfer description.

9. Down Under Berlin reserves the right to publicly present submitted films at other events related to the promotion of Down Under Berlin.
The festival reserves the right to use submitted material such as synopsis, biography, filmography, cast list, film stills, excerpts of the submitted films, as well as the film’s publicity material for purposes of advertisement and promotion of Down Under Berlin in all print media, on public and pay TV, on the radio and on the internet.
The festival reserves the right to make copies of the submitted films in order to make them accessible to journalists and members of the press for the sole purpose of promotion.

10. The legal domicile of Down Under Berlin – Australian Film Festival 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.

11. By entering a film into competition for the Down Under Berlin Audience Awards the Entrant guarantees that no rights of third parties are violated by this agreement.
The Entrant has received express permission from the filmmaker/producer/distributor to enter this film into the Down Under Berlin Call for Entries in 2017.

12. Participation in Down Under Berlin implies acceptance of all the above mentioned rules and regulations. Down Under Berlin does not agree to any terms other than those mentioned above.

13. If selected you must send the screening copy of the film, plus stills, synopsis, video message and trailer by 31.07.2017.

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6 Reviews

Overall Rating
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    Jonathan Wilhelmsson

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

    September 2017
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    Mala Ghedia

    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
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    shane hall

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

    December 2016
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    Rodrigo Gomez-Bolbaran

    We want to thank Down Under Berlin Film Festival for letting us be part of it this year's edition. Even though we didn't have the chance to be there in person, we felt your commitment and passion on every email and conversation that we had. We are already working on new projects and are really looking forward to have something to show you soon. Thank you for everything, it was a great experience for us. Cheers from New Zealand! Rorro

    October 2016
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    Elliot Cowan

    I didn't attend the festival but everyone I dealt with was super lovely and helpful and I got more feedback from DUBFF than any other festival I've screened at.
    Plus it's in Berlin, one of my favourite cities ever.

    September 2016