The St Kilda Film Festival has revealed its exciting program and it will be running for ten days from Thursday 19 May to Saturday 28 May 2016.
With the festival being proudly produced by the City of Port Phillip, the festival will be kicking off Opening Night on Thursday 19 May. The Palais Theatre will be welcoming over 3,000 industry guests and film-lovers on the red carpet for a sampler selection of some of the best short films from the 2016 program.
On its second year, St Kilda Town Hall will undergo an epic transformation and will be turned into a state-of-the-art, purpose built cinema to host Australia’s top 100 short films, music videos, archival footage, international programs, youth screenings and an extensive filmmaker development program.
City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss says, “We have a great selection of films in this year’s Festival program from many different genres and from across the country and world. We’re looking forward to this year’s films going on to join our previous success stories, including filmmakers being nominated and winning Academy Awards and major prizes at international festivals, being developed into feature films and leading to enduring collaborations. The City of Port Phillip is proud to be the home of a thriving creative industries hub and to be able to showcase the film industry as part of this landmark event.”
Furthermore, Festival Director Paul Harris is delighted by the amount of outstanding short films created by some of the most talented Australian filmmakers.
Highlights from Australia’s Top 100 short film program include:
- Perry – World premiere– starring Toby Schmitz, Ryan Johnson, Adrienne Pickering – Director Matt Day
A drug dealer outstays his welcome at a middle-class dinner party.
- Whoever Was Using This Bed –Victorian premiere – Starring Radha Mitchell – Director Andrew Kotatko
A married couple is woken by a mysterious phone call that begins an unsettling journey into love and fear.
- Young Labor – World premiere – starring Geraldine Hakewill and Taylor Ferguson – Directed by Leon Ford
A satire surrounding the world of politics, as shown through the passionate Youth division that is “Young Labor”.
- Ernie Biscuit – Director Adam Elliott
The clayography of a deaf Parisian taxidermist whose life is turned upside down when a dead pigeon arrives on his doorstep.
Showcasing the best music videos of local and international artists, created by the country’s most talented filmmakers, some big names will grace the screens of SoundKILDA including Missy Higgins, Vance Joy, Boy & Bear and The Jezabels. The event will be held on Thursday 26 May.
Other special programs and screenings outside of the Top 100 program include Wild at Heart, a showcase of films created by artists across Melbourne and Victoria, the Under the Radar youth short film competition, the new edition of a Web Series program and more.
In addition, the festival will be incorporating a free program for emerging filmmakers. They will have the opportunity to attend special forums, workshops and couch conversations with names like Lee Matthews (Emo the Musical), Jannine Barnes (Downriver, The Wilding) and Adam Elliott (Harvie Krumpet).
Known for being Australia’s longest running Short Film Festival, St Kilda Film Festival has a prize pool totalling to more than $50,000. Award-winning films of the festival will also be considered in the OSCARS Short Film and Documentary Awards.
The full St Kilda Film Festival program is now available. For further information and to purchase tickets, please visit www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au