The St Kilda Film Festival is on again for its 35 year, showcasing the best of film, particularly in local and short films, and gives the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry.

Offering screenings of the Top 100 short film entries, the SoundKILDA Music Video Competitionand varied program of music videos, international showcases, special screenings and a free Filmmaker Development Program, the festival aims to offer film audiences a unique experience, showcasing the depth and breadth of film, while also providing competitions and industry focused events to encourage and motivate film makers in all genres.

Mayor of the City of Port Phillip, Councillor Bernadene Voss praised the calibre of filmmakers and welcomed the diversity of films and topics in this year’s program. “The selection of films in this year’s Festival represent the Australian filmmaking industry in all its glory – diverse, creative, talented and exciting. We are proud to continue offering a platform for filmmakers and industry heavyweights alike to screen their works, while also providing education and development opportunities to the next wave of Australian filmmakers.” Cr Voss said.

Festival Director Paul Harris, now in his 20th year as Director, said he was delighted to announce a world-class line up of short films created by some of Australia’s most talented filmmakers.

Highlights from the 2018 Top 100 Short Film Competition include:

For Your Sins - Comedy

A young man seeks the help of a boutique communications agency to help raise awareness for his cause: your sins.

Starring Ryan Shelton, Dave Lawson, Michala Banas, Tegan Higginbotham, Sam Watkins.

The Story – Drama

A man reflects on a time that he witnessed an emergency.

Directed by Steven J. Tandy, Starring Tim Rogers and filmed in St Kilda.

Cooee – Drama / Science Fiction

Four wild girls race through a futuristic Australia in their solar-powered Holden Commodore searching for drinks, drugs and reality.

Starring Odessa Young, Airlie Dodds and Sapphire Blossom. Filmed on location in the Snowy Mountains.

Mrs McCutcheon – Comedy

10-year-old Tom prefers to wear dresses and to be known as Mrs McCutcheon, although it adds some extra challenges when starting at a new school.

Directed by John Sheedy and Starring Alec Golinger, Wesley Patten, Nadine Garner and Virginia Gay.

Accredited by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, the St Kilda Film Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event, with award-winning films from the Festival eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards and Documentary Short sections of the Oscars.

The festival provides a Top 100 prize pool amount of more than $50,000 in cash and in-kind craft awards, with further $10,000 for Best Short Film.

See the full program list of events and films at the St Kilda Film Festival website here.


Dates: 17 - 26 May 2018

Times: various – see website for full details

Location: mainly St Kilda Town Hall – see website for full details

St Kilda Film Festival Website

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