The St Kilda Film Festival, Australia’s longest running publicly owned short film festival, kicks off at the refurbished Palais Theatre on Thursday, May 18, and runs through til to Saturday, May 27. The opening night will see almost 3000 guests preview choice cuts from this year’s program, representing the best short narrative, documentary, animation and music videos that the Australian screen industry has to offer.
Key to the festival is Australia’s Top 100 Short Film Competition, which sees filmmakers from across the country competing for a$50,000 prize pool. Entries this year include the deft comedy The Eleven O’Clock, directed by Derrin Seale and starring Josh Lawson and Damon Herriman; satirical animation Fish with Legs, directed by Dave Carter and featuring the voices of Frank Woodley and Barry Otto; the drama Big City, directed by Jordan Bond and Lachlan Ryan, and starring CJ Fortuna and Gurvinder Atwal; and the Yowie-themed drama Eaglehawk, directed by Shannon Murphy and starring Tilda Cobham-Harvey, Ryan Corr, Wayne Blair, Georgina Symes, Dylan Young and Krew Boylan.
Other highlights include music video showcase SoundKILDA, this year featuring clips from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Client Liaison, Ball Park Music, Lisa Mitchell, Dena Amy and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard; the Under the Radar youth short film competition; and a new partnership with the Virtual Reality (VR) Cinema which enables patrons to explore the frontiers of this exciting and rapidly expanding medium form, sampling up to five VR shorts.
City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Bernadene Voss was effusive in her appraisal of this year’s slate, saying, “The selection of films in this year’s Festival represent the Australian filmmaking industry in all its glory – diverse, creative, incredibly talented and exciting. We are so proud to continue offering a platform for filmmakers and industry heavyweights alike to show the depth of local stories and talent.”
For the full program, shoot over to the St Kilda Film Festival official site. Tickets are now on sale.