Setting Sun Film Festival 2018

Thu 26th April, 2018 – Mon 30th April, 2018
The Sun Theatre
8 Ballarat Street, Yarraville
Price: $0–$25
A minor name change to reflect the festival’s expansion.

The fifth annual Setting Sun Film Festival is back for another year, now with a different name.

It is being held at the much-loved Yarraville Sun Theatre, which has eight Art Deco-styled theatres that screen both blockbusters and old favourites.

This year’s festival has seven programs featuring 80 films by a variety of filmmakers, from award-winning directors, to high schoolers.

Keep a look out for the world premiere of Trench directed by Melbourne-born director Paul Anthony Nelson. It's a black-and-white comedy crossed with film-noir (set in modern-day Melbourne) about the lives of reclusive writer Becky Holt and struggling comedian Sam Slade as they investigate Holt's stalker. Trench is produced by Cinema Viscera, which won a bronze medal at the Super Short Film competition at the 2012 Los Angeles All Sports Film Festival, and it's the first feature-length film to be screened at the Setting Sun Film Festival.

The live-action/animated short film Superheroes, about a boy’s connection to his imagination through the superheroes he draws, will be screened on opening night. Superheroes is directed by Chris Busuttil, who won Best Film at the 2015 Global Road Safety Film Festival for his short film What’s on Your Mind, and Best Short and Best Animation at the 2014 Setting Sun Film Festival for Second Chance.

The Female Filmmakers program features short film Winner Winner Chicken Dinner by Tasmanian Claudia Rose Holmes. The film’s protagonist Ellie is an insecure teenager who enters a beauty pageant at the local RSL only to realise what it really means to be beautiful.

This year’s free program will include screenings of films made by aspiring secondary-school-student filmmakers.

Download the program here.