ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL REVEALS TOP 100 AUSTRALIAN SHORT FILMS
The diverse ten-day program will run in-person and online from 20 – 29 May.
This year the Festival features films with famous faces including Michala Banas, Eddie Baroo, Kirin J Callinan, Ryan Corr, Darren Gilshenan, Harry Greenwood, Tess Haubrich, Chris Haywood, Markella Kavenagh, Josh McConville, Robyn Nevin, Susie Porter, Peter Phelps, Susan Prior, Shari Sebbens, Natasha Wanganeen, Meyne Wyatt, Susie Youssef and with familiar names behind the camera including Jon Bell, Tony Briggs, Mitzi Goldman, Trudy Hellier and Phoebe Tonkin.
The special red-carpet Opening Night event, presented in partnership with Mandala Wines, and hosted by Gyton Grantley, returns as an in-person event this year. Featuring a textured and diverse collection of shorts from the Top 100 films, the 2021 Opening Night selection is; The Moogai (Dir Jon Bell) and Aboriginal psychological horror staring Shari Sebbens; student animation The Winter (Dir Xin Li); Golem (Dir Ryan Cauchi), a drama set in 1939 Nazi-occupied Prague; experimental music video Sentiment Logistics (Dir Sal Cooper); sci-fi dramedy staring David Quirk System Error (Dir Matt Vesely); Kerinne (Dir Luke Marsden) a romantic drama starring Susie Youssef; documentary A Letter from Reese (Dir Fiona O’Connell); comedy Groundhog Night (Dir Genevieve Clay-Smith); and two shorts that look at the Australian bushfires of 2019/2020 Pyrocene (Dir Johnny Milner) and Home (Dir Alex von Hofmann).
The 15 themed showcases will be available to watch free online for audiences throughout Australia. The 2021 program includes:
Dark Matter is a program of films which explore places, spaces and people that inhabit the darker corners of screen craft, guaranteed to deliver the thrills you crave — cheap or otherwise.
Tales of Mystery & Imagination looks at other worlds, other states of mind, other times and other places — from mythical creatures on the battlefields of WW2, planets beyond our solar system, and relationships with science and technology.
Forbidden Fruit is an LGBTQIA+ program that explores the diversity and texture of voices that live in screen practice. From new twists on ancient legends, deeply moving discussions on sexuality and the clergy, and simple perspectives on relationships, this lovely program is deeply rooted in authentic and poetic moments.
Australian Comedy Showcase combines blood-drenched comedy-horror, lockdown-inspired music videos, family additions and fissures — presented in classically Australian dry wit and knock-about spirit.
Australian Animation Showcase is a program of unique styles and stories across borders, time and sensibility, including Oscar winners and Palm d’Or nominees.
International Perspectives examines the world beyond our shores, but with a uniquely Australian eye that’s infused with agitation, solidarity and an often-surprising spirituality.
Age of Innocence presents a collection of coming-of-age themed short films filled with deep and subtle emotion and great performances.
Headspace looks at works that deal with the most personal of spaces: the mind. Bursting with energy and emotion that’s guaranteed to resonate with lovers of film and the short form.
Body Language is a showcase of short films that see characters dance, weave and move through their relationships and environments.
Moving Portraits is a collection of documentary films that zero in on the small moments, the unknown occurrences, and the accidental interactions that have a special place in our lives.
Suburban Keyholes highlights Australian cinema’s beautiful relationship with suburbia. From gritty family relationships to hyper-stylised settings and magical realism, these works paint a picture of competing, compelling and conflicting environments and emotions, and sometimes tender self-reflection.
Tall Tales and True brings together ambitious period-pieces, referencing tales of days gone by, brought to life by the splendid visions of the art and costume department, and sheer directorial guts and glory.
Things Unsaid is a collection of films that simply cut loose and put all the cards on the table.
A Sting in the Tail is dedicated to tales of crime, escape, and the accidental intersections of life. These moody films demonstrate first-class production values and filmic flourishes at every turn.
Fringe Dwellers is an exploration of people and groups that have been cast aside, ignored, or misunderstood – often because external appearances belie the depth, histories, or experiences of the outsiders.
For a list of the Top 100 selected films visit www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au
Award-winning films from the St Kilda Film Festival are eligible for consideration in the OSCARS® Short Film and Documentary Short Awards.
The 2021 St Kilda Film Festival runs 20 – 29 May 2021.
The 15 showcases of Top Australian Short Films will be available to watch FREE via the St Kilda Film Festival website. Content will only be accessible within Australia.
The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip and supported by Screen Australia and Film Victoria. Stay up to date with St Kilda Film Festival news, visit stkildafilmfestival.com.au and keep an eye on Facebook and Instagram for more information, @stkildafilmfest.