The St Kilda Film Festival is one of Australia’s largest and oldest short film festivals. For film aficionados, it provides the most comprehensive overview of the Australia short film industry, ad screens entries received each year.

The festival also hosts a fantastic program of music videos, special screenings and events plus a free Filmmaker Development Program designed to develop and further the film-making skills, through tailored workshops.

The ten-day festival has a huge range of short films to suit any film taste and includes some special events, such as:

Short Black: An Indigenous Short Film Retrospective Graham Kennedy: The King of TV Australia's Favourite Web Series Family Screening Trailer Music || (free event) Into the Limelight (free event)

Thus, according to my own taste – please see my top five picks of films to see at the festival:

Number #5:

Under the Radar (Free Event)

Featuring the outstanding work that is being produced by young filmmakers under 21 in Australia. ‘Under the Radar’ is a competition dedicated to young filmmakers, showcasing their work in an internationally recognised film festival, and is designed to encourage emerging young film-makers.

Number #4:

Vimeo Showcase: Showing the best of Vimeo

Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share creative and personal moments from their lives. Now in it’s 13th year, this video sharing platform is responsible for bringing world class cinematography into the lives and lounge rooms of people around the world.

Number #3:


This session is dedicated to music video competition, and celebrates them, screening music videos the way they should be – loud and large on the big screen. It showcases the country's top creative collaborations, with seventeen clips from local and international musicians created by some of our most talented filmmakers. And for those who like to “party on”, SoundKILDA will be followed by an after party. All for $30 (full price) or $25 (concession) making it a real value-for-money event.

Number #2:

Top 100 short film The Top 100 is showcased across multiple sessions throughout the festival and hosts numerous short films “Blackbird”; “Police Officer Takagi”, and for sci-fi fans “Last Man”. Check out the full list of screens here.

Number #1:

Australia’s Favourite Web Series

This presentation gives a taste of Australia’s favourite web series, which is a new format in film and is becoming increasingly popular and deeply creative. These series give stories you would never see on the bigger small screen.

Ten web series will feature at the event, including Sally McLean’s Shakespeare Republic #LoveTheBard web series in a “state of the art” cinema environment followed by a Q&A session. This session will run at the St Kilda Town Hall on Sunday 21 May at 2.00 pm.

More details of the St Kilda Film Festival and bookings here.

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