2016 St Kilda Film Festival: Special Programs & Events

In May, the St Kilda Film Festival will gather emerging and established filmmakers, producers and directors together to shine a spotlight on their work, among peers and the adoring public. Over ten days from Thursday 19 – Saturday 28 May, an exciting range of special programs will screen at the St Kilda Town Hall, including a selection of films hand picked by Jonathan Marlow from US subscription movie viewing service Fandor.


Marlow is a renowned Cinematographer, Film Producer, Filmmaker and Chief Content Officer of  movie service  Fandor (San Francisco). He will appear as the event’s international guest and has curated a program from Fandor’s subscription movie viewing service. During the process, Marlow worked in correspondence with each of the film makers, and we wanted to find out how he arrived at his final selection.

Jonathan Marlow, Fandor

What was the criteria for the films you chose for 2016 St Kilda Film Festival?

When Jake Brown first approached me about the programme, it seemed ideal to select films that were relatively “representative” of the Fandor service. It also struck me as preferable to present recent works from several different countries that have yet to screen in Australia. Finally, it was necessary to select films that played well together.

‘It was necessary to select films that played well together. Each film is slightly interconnected to the others.’


How do you find Australian audiences differ from say, the United States, or other territories?

In my assorted travels, there is one thing that is somewhat certain: all audiences are more-or-less the same. The differences are subtle. For the sake of a broad generalization–given my limited experience over two previous visits to Australia–audiences tend to be more open to works that most viewers in the United States unnecessarily perceive to be “difficult” or “challenging.”

What are you most looking forward to about being in Melbourne again?

I have been traveling non-stop for several weeks and, therein, I have not had an opportunity to review the full schedule for SKFF yet! But I will. As for Melbourne itself, I adore nearly everything about the city. My wife spent the first two decades of her life there. She will definitely remind me that there are alternative viewpoints to my fondness for Melbourne (as I tend to do, too, whenever we visit my hometown).


View a selection of 2016 St Kilda Film Festival program highlights below: 



A curated program by 2016 special guest Jonathan Marlow  from the American subscription movie viewing service FANDOR, which showcases award-winning films beyond the mainstream offering. Click to view the gallery.



A collection of vintage comedy from the Nostalgia program in partnership with the National Sound and Film Archive (NSFA). The program features cult comedy Terror Lostralis; a film classic directed by David Shepherd starring Tracey Harvey and Jack Charles, as well as short films Buckeye and Pinto.

Terror Isotralis Cast
The cast of Terror Isotralis



The retrospective will feature short films by well-respected Indigenous directors including Tracey Moffatt (Nice Coloured Girls), Warwick Thornton (Green Bush) and musician Richard Frankland (No Way To Forget).
Still from Nice Coloured Girls


A specially curated program, put together in partnership with the Palm Springs International ShortFest, short films from the 2015 Festival will be shown on Saturday 28 May 2016, featuring the cultural hit Discipline, from Switzerland, where a father disciplines his child and sets off a chain of heightened responses that culminate in a cultural showdown.



City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss welcomes the cultural additions to the 2016 program. He said,

‘It’s important to highlight our Indigenous and overseas contributors among our emerging and established talent. Each year the Festival goes from strength to strength, and this year is no exception with special guest Jonathan Marlow, our relationship with Fandor and reinforcement of our partnerships with the NSFA and Palm Springs International ShortFest.’

The full festival program including details of Australia’s Top 100 Short Film Competition, the SoundKILDA Music Video Competition and free filmmaker development program were announced on Wednesday. View the full program here.

View highlights from last year:


The 2016 St Kilda Film Festival runs from Thursday 19 to Saturday 28 May 2016. Tickets are on sale now.


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Pictured at top: A still from ‘Title Card’ selected in Top 100 at this year’s St Kilda Film Festival.

The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip, and is Australia’s longest running publicly owned short Film Festival with a prize pool that totals over $50,000. Award-winning films from the St Kilda Film Festival will be eligible for consideration in the OSCARS® Short Film and Documentary Short Awards. Most of the program will be held at St Kilda Town Hall, apart from Opening Night which is held at the Palais Theatre.

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