St Kilda Film Festival 2018

Thu 17th May, 2018 – Sat 26th May, 2018
St Kilda Town Hall
Corner Carlisle Street & Brighton Road, St Kilda
The venerable festival is back for another celebration of the short-film form.

Since 1983 the St Kilda Film Festival has been the champion of emerging cinema. Now in its 35th year, the bayside festival will this year feature more than 160 films.

Following an opening night gala on May 17, which will see 3000 filmgoers take in eight specially selected shorts at the Palais Theatre, the full program kicks into action at the St Kilda Town Hall.

Centred around the Top 100 Australian Short Films sourced from around the country, the festival will again celebrate a huge array of titles and forms, including international showcases, music videos, events and special screenings. Quality isn’t in question: the festival remains an Academy Awards qualifying event, with award-winning films from the festival eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards, and documentary short sections of the Oscars.

Some of this year’s special events include Bush Mechanics and Other Journeys, a retrospective of director David Batty’s 35 years filmmaking in remote Aboriginal communities; Right There on My TV, a deep dive into Australian music programs of the ’70s, including hits from Nightmoves, Bandstand, Thank God it’s Friday at the Zoo and the never-before-seen pilot Soundcheck; the much-loved SoundKILDA, which features some of Australia’s best locally made music videos; Under the Radar, which showcases the work of filmmakers 21 years of age and under; and VR Cinema, an audience-participation event which sees guests led on a collective virtual reality experience.

Shorts selected for the Top 100 films go in the pool to win over $50,000 in cash and awards, including a $10,000 prize for Best Short Film, as well as Best Director, Best Achievement in Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Indigenous Filmmaking, Best Comedy and Best Achievement in Sound Post.

The St Kilda Film Festival is on May 17–26. Book tickets and see our top picks for this year’s event

This article is produced by Broadsheet in partnership with the St Kilda Film Festival.