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2020 St.Kilda Film Festival

The St Kilda Film Festival, proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, is going online! Given the government restrictions in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19, the St Kilda Film Festival, in its 37th year, was faced with not taking place. Instead it will take a curated program online and continue to showcase the Top 100 Australian short films and celebrate our local industry.

The festival will feature a number of curated sessions, plus Australia’s Top 100 Short Film competition. All films and programs will be available to watch FREE via the St Kilda Film Festival website from Friday 12 June until Saturday 20 June. Content will only be accessible within Australia.

“Cinema is about action and ideas, so we’re embracing the opportunity to deliver the Festival in this new form,” said Festival Director, Richard Sowada. “The virtual program will be just as packed, providing audiences nationally the chance to experience the hub of emerging Australian talent the Festival is known for.”

The St Kilda Film Festival will remain an Academy Awards qualifying event. The award-winning films from St Kilda Film Festival are eligible for consideration in the OSCARS Short Film and Documentary Short Subject Awards.

In a move to help support the impacted creative industry, all 598 entrants to the Film Festival will have their fees refunded with the help of film submission site Film Freeway. In addition, all films selected for the Top 100 will be paid a screening fee.

City of Port Phillip Mayor, Bernadene Voss, said: “We know the creative industry has been hit hard during this time and the City of Port Phillip really thrives on creativity. We hope the St Kilda Film Festival will not only provide a vital voice for the Australian filmmaking industry during this time, but also continue to celebrate the arts for everyone in our community to enjoy.”

The St Kilda Film Festival is 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.

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***Update as at 20 May 2020***

The City of Port Phillip, through the St Kilda Film Festival, has today unveiled a digital film competition aimed at encouraging filmmakers in regional Victoria to create short films about their experiences.

The short film competition, Your Place, will form part of the 37th St Kilda Film Festival which was announced last week would take place online this year. For the first time, audiences throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the festival when it screens free online from Friday 12 June to Saturday 20 June.

The St Kilda Film Festival usually hits the road each year, taking award-winning short films to over 20 regional locations in Victoria, including Mallacoota, Queenscliff and Echuca. Given the government restrictions in place to minimise the spread of COVID-19, the tour is not possible this year, so Your Place was created.

City of Port Phillip Mayor, Bernadene Voss, said: “The St Kilda Film Festival won’t be able to visit regional locations in person this year – but we still wanted to maintain that connection. Through Your Place we hope rural filmmakers will share their unique stories and creative insight into life outside the city.”

Regional filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to create, share and tell their own stories and to lead the online conversation using  #YourPlace and #stkildafilmfestival. Films can be documentary, fiction, animation or experimental and no longer than 3 minutes including credits. Entries are due before 29 May and competition entry is free.

Shortlisted films will be announced on Friday 5 June and available to watch at stkildafilmfestival.com.au as part of the St Kilda Film Festival program. The winning entries as judged by Festival Director Richard Sowada will share in $5000 cash prize and have the chance to win a state-of-art home editing studio . Winners will be announced on Festival closing night.

The St Kilda Film Festival will also run free filmmaking webinars in the lead up to the festival specifically created for our regional audiences. Festival alumni and experienced filmmakers, including Grant Scicluna and Kelly Lefever, will provide support, direction and guidance regarding ways to tell your story.

Festival Director Richard Sowada said, “The imagination of regional filmmakers is legendary. Whether you have access to high-quality camera equipment or a TikTok account, whether Your Place involves the weird, wonderful or is destined for cult following, we want to hear from you.”

Details and how to enter: 

Your Place short film entries will be open from until 29 May to people and organisations in Victorian regional communities only. Films can be documentary, fiction, animation, or experimental and no more than 3 minutes in duration. The competition is FREE to enter. Fill out the entry form and include a link to your film via our website.

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***Update as at 23 May 2020***

The St Kilda Film Festival has revealed a dynamic and diverse nine-day online event. For the first time, audiences throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the Festival when it screens free online from Friday 12 June to Saturday 20 June.

Produced by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Festival is Australia’s largest and longest running publicly owned short film festival. A highlight of Melbourne’s screen industry calendar, the annual Opening Night extravaganza will bring festival fans, patrons and talent online together for a preview of what’s to come.

Like each year, the Festival program will provide an insight into the nation’s short film industry, screening the Top Australian Shorts and a number of specially curated sessions. A jampacked filmmaker development program will return with live post session Q+As alongside live webinars covering the ins and outs of comedy, as well as short bites delivered by long time industry partners such as the Australian Cinematographers Society.

City of Port Phillip Mayor, Bernadene Voss said, “We are extremely excited to be able to present this year’s Festival online. Not only does this let us keep supporting local filmmakers during this time and showcasing the incredible talent we have on offer in Australia, but this year it is totally free for the whole of Australia to enjoy.”

Festival Director Richard Sowada says of the program, “If 2020 is paving the way for the future of Australian filmmaking then the future is breathtaking. The sheer diversity of work, the guts and glory ambition and those authentic voices are just great to bring to the screen – it makes me very proud to be part of the lives of these films and these filmmakers.”

This year the Festival features films starring Brett Climo, Gary Foley, Diana Glenn, Victoria Haralabidou, Damon Herriman, Claudia Karvan, Sean Keenan, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Aaron Pedersen and Gary Sweet plus Chinese-Australian dancer Chengwu Guo, Red Symons and Larry Emdur.

The Festival also looks back at the early career films of Jane Campion and Phillip Noyce including Campion’s Palme D’Or winner Peel and Noyce’s debut feature as a director  Backroads starring Gary Foley and the late Bill Hunter, with Gary Foley himself hosting a special event.

Program highlights include:

–        A program of new Australian animations, the Australian Animation Explosion, presented by Indomie will embrace all forms and showcase old friends and fresh new talent.

–        Shifting the Gaze: Focus on Women Filmmakers presents new films from female filmmakers, including short documentaries, essays, experimental works, biographies and thrillers. Presented by WIFT Victoria.

–        Damned if You Do… offers a selection of powerful dramas which examine the choices we make and their consequences.

–        More relevant now than ever as the forces that shape our world become ever more dynamic and unpredictable – Age of Awareness, is a selection of coming of age films.

–        A collection of clever and crowd-pleasing shorts from naïve documentary to Indigenous horror will be found in Australian Comedy Showcase.-   Whether it’s deep space, ancient times, fairytales or the things of myth and legend it can be found in Tales of Mystery & Imagination, presented by Screen Producers Australia.

–        The Dark Matter program includes horrors, thrillers, dystopian worlds and things that go bump in the night which goes hand in hand with a Q+A with APRA AMCOS exploring the program’s dark, memorable soundtrack.

–        World Perspectives, a richly textured documentary program brings an Australian eye to offshore stories, issues and cultures in always surprising and big-screen ways.

–        Headspace, a program which explores inner space and the worlds within emotion. Presented by Australian Writers’ Guild.

–        Outsiders From The Inside is a program of inspiring short fictions of chance encounters and personal triumphs. Full of surprises and unusual twists.

–        The films in Forbidden Fruit explore the world of gender, relationships, sexuality and society.

–        Action & Reaction explores those sliding door moments that we all face and what happens if we choose the wrong door.

–        A program of utterly unique films that signpost to tomorrow’s major screen artists can be found in One of These Things is Not Like the Other One – from urban essays, aliens visiting the outback, Indigenous justice, suburban impressions, personal stories.

–        The Power of One looks at the power of the individual.

–        Powerful stories about being and becoming an Indigenous Australian; Out of Range, Gods of Tiny Things and Home.

In addition to the above curated programs, there will be a number of live online Q&A sessions for filmmakers and film students including writing, storytelling, money and production.

A selection of films from Under the Radar, the annual youth short film competition will be showcased, as will shorts from Your Place, the new digital film competition aimed at encouraging filmmakers in regional Victoria to create short films about their experiences. Entries for Your Place are open until 29 May. Films can be documentary, fiction, animation or experimental and no longer than 3 minutes including credits.

Award-winning films from the St Kilda Film Festival are eligible for consideration in the OSCARS Short Film and Documentary Short Awards.

The 2020 St Kilda Film Festival runs 12 June to 20 June. All films and programs will be available to watch FREE via the St Kilda Film Festival website. Content will only be accessible within Australia.

For full program information, visit www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au

The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip and supported by Government Partners 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.

 

Help us spread the word on social media, tagging @stkildafilmfest on Instagram and using #stkildafilmfestival and #YourPlace.






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