The beloved St Kilda Film Festival, produced by the City of Port Philip, will celebrate opening night on Friday June 21 at the Palais Theatre, with more than 2,800 guests expected, to preview what’s in store. This includes the screening of the Top Australian Shorts Competition, two international programs, and Australia’s largest open filmmaker development program.
“This year’s program really looks towards the future of filmmaking,” said Paul Harris in his 21st and final year as Festival Director. “I’ve seen drastic changes in the techniques used by filmmakers over the years but no change in passion.”
Some of Harris’ picks from the 2019 Top Shorts program include:
- The Hitchhiker (horror/comedy) – A prosecco-fuelled road trip takes a turn when the group decide to pick up a hitchhiker. Written and directed by Adele Vuko (Skit Box, Wham Bam Thank You Ma’am) and starring Brooke Satchwell (Mr Inbetween, Dead Lucky, Wonderland), Claudia Pickering (Frisky, Winning Formula), Isaro Kayitesi (Pulse,Hyde and Seek) and Christiaan Van Vuuren (Soul Mates, Bondi Hipsters, Top of the Lake: China Girl), this Australian premiere has been made by an all-female filmmaking team.
- HOME (drama) – starring international icon of Australian cinema Jack Thompson, HOME is a dark exploration into what it means to be human. Also stars Nathaniel Dean. Australian premiere.
- Ghostbear (animation) – A polar bear cub, the Ghostbear, wanders through the arctic wasteland in search of his place in the world and his birthplace in the stars. Directed by Paul McDermott.
Other highlights of the St Kilda Film Festival include the Under the Radar youth short film competition, a selection of international shorts presented by Slamdance Festival and a screening and Q&A with Australia’s favourite 1980s drama Prisoner, among other special programs.
A new element to the family-friendly session this year, Reel Funwill incorporate a kid’s filmmaking activity plus a screening of three short films, including Fill and Moo from the Japanese City of Obu’s Short Film Festival – sister city of the City of Port Phillip.
The Big Picture, the Festival’s annual filmmaker development program, will this year expand to include over 40 free forums, workshops and stalls with leading industry figures across two days.
Award-winning films from the St Kilda Film Festival are eligible for consideration in the OSCARS® Short Film and Documentary Short Awards.
The 2019 St Kilda Film Festival runs 21 June to 30 June. Tickets are now on sale. For full program information and to purchase tickets, visit www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au