Our picks of St Kilda Film Festival 2017

The full program for St Kilda Festival 2017 was announced on Wednesday. Australia’s longest running, publicly owned short film festival launches on Thursday 18 May with a gala opening event at the newly restored Palais Theatre.

St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening the Top 100 short film entries received each year from across Australia and provides a rich program of music videos, International Programs, special screenings and events, plus Australia’s largest free Filmmaker Development Program.

Here are our top picks of the program;


On Thursday 25 May, the St Kilda Film Festival will showcase our country’s best music videos by Australian filmmakers, featuring local and international musicians. Music videos from the likes of Courtney Barnett, Client Liaison, Ballpark Music, Lisa Mitchell and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard will feature.

SoundKILDA Life is Better Blonde
SoundKILDA Life is Better Blonde

VIMEO Short Film Showcase

St Kilda Film Festival is proud to partner with online video-sharing platform Vimeo. The Vimeo Showcase will screen eight films curated by Jeffrey Bowers on Sunday 21 May at 7.30pm, including When We Were Knights; The Producer; Whale Valley; The Bigger Picture; It’s A Date; Territory; Thunder Road; and Say Something Intelligent.

A special Q&A will follow with Vimeo Senior Curator Jeffrey Bowers, who will fly in from New York especially for the event.

Launched in 2004, Vimeo was founded by a group of filmmakers who wanted to share creative and personal moments from their lives. Having entered its 13th year, the video-sharing platform is stronger than ever and responsible for bringing world-class cinematography into the lives and lounge rooms of people all around the world.

Top 100 Short Film Competition

Highlights include:

  • The Eleven O’Clock featuring Josh Lawson and directed by Derrin Seale;
  • Fish With Legs staring Frank Woodley and Barry Otto; 
  • Big City starring CJ Fortuna and Gurvinder Atwal and directed by Jordan Bond and Lachlan Ryan
  • Eaglehawk directed by Shannon Murphy and starring Tilda Cobham-Harvey and Ryan Corr.
The Eleven O'Clock.jpg
Production still from The Eleven O’Clock

Virtual Reality (VR) Cinema 

VR Cinema is an addition to the St Kilda Film Festival program that offers a unique viewing experience for audience members. Watch a free selection of short films and music videos whilst wearing VR headsets to be simultaneously immersed in the content. Attendees will view four to five VR shorts uninterrupted, showcasing the creativity and passion of the burgeoning VR scene.

Tokyo Short Shorts Film Festival

The Academy accredited Tokyo Short Shorts Festival will showcase a selection of films across two sessions, providing insight into the next generation of Japanese cinema.

The Big Picture

The Big Picture is one of Australia’s biggest free filmmaker development programs complete with forums, workshops and couch conversations with leading industry professionals.

My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling
Production still from My Best Friend is Stuck on the Ceiling

Free Filmmaker Development Days will take place on Saturday 21 May, giving attendees access to leading industry professionals such as Neil Triffett (Emo the Musical) and Keily Lefever (City Homicide, Something in the Air, Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries).

Other special programs and screenings outside of the Top 100 program include the Under the Radar youth short film competition, International short film screenings, and the Web Series program which returns for the second year.

The full St Kilda Film Festival program is now available. For further information and to purchase tickets, click here.

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The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip and includes a prize pool that totals more than $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.

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