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 European and German audiences.

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).

Previous Awards Included:
Audience Award - Best Film
Audience Award - Best Short Film


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 is from Australia or New Zealand or has 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 16 September 2023, 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 are in EUROS, per film, and are non-refundable.


1. By entering a film into the awards competition (subject to availability) 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.


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.


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 the possible attendance of you or other film team members at the festival
b) the director’s short biography, filmography, and photo

3. All submitted material will be used for promotional purposes only.


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 16 SEPTEMBER 2022 at the latest. The screening copy of the film must be provided by 30 September 2022.
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 attendance at the festival.


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)
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.


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 11-14th October 2023).
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.
Linienstrasse 218 b
10119 Berlin

For all other versions (non-DCP hard drive, USB), please contact gday@downunderberlin.de.


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.


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 that 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 venues are subject to change.
5. Festival reserves the right to revise rules and terms, film selection criteria, screenings, awards, and activities if necessary.


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

Overall Rating
  • Stefan Hunt

    Such a great festival. I was lucky enough to attend in Berlin and was treated so well by everyone. Looking forward to returning.

    October 2022
  • Wonderful festival - Mala and the rest of the DUB team were very professional and helpful throughout the entire process.

    Hope to be invited again in the future!

    Thanks again guys!

    October 2022
  • Peter Ireland

    Excellent festival - great communication and terrific vibe

    October 2022
  • 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