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Don't let the sun set on festival without seeing short films
Sunset Theatre really impresses
Sun Theatre really impresses with film festival

It is time to celebrate the women in the industry who support Australian young talented students and young professional women who are realising their dreams to be film makers. And they do this through the yearly "Setting Sun Short Film Festival". This festival is the largest short film festival in the west and had over 84 submissions this year.

This filmmakers' film festival, provides Maribyrnong and the western suburbs with a platform for new cinematographers to submit their short films and help establish themselves as young and gifted talent in the industry. The festival recognises excellence in the craft of film making. Over 65 of the short films were so good they were selected to be shown in Yarraville at the Sunset Theatre over 4 big days. Opening night is 27 of April and the festival continues till the 30th of April, 2017.

But who are the passionate women that have made this possible. Well first is, Anna Bourozikas | Founder & Director of the Setting Sun Short Film Festival. She has been running this festival for over 4 years and cannot believe how big it is getting. She says, "It's been a great thrill to see this festival develop every year. It's gone from being a small local event into something larger, attracting filmmakers from around Victoria, interstate and overseas. This year, for the first time, we are giving out awards on the Opening Night. Our women's program, The Rouge, is back for it's second year. We look forward to presenting some great films by talented women filmmakers with the winner receiving $1000 from award winning film producer and Women In Film and Television Patron, Sue Maslin."

But she could not have done it this year, without strong partners. First, is the City of Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Catherine Cumming who is thrilled to see the festival running once again and getting bigger and better every year. She says, "Our City is home to an increasingly large and dynamic creative community, and events such as the Setting Sun Short Film Festival not only support emerging talent, but also provide a platform for showcasing it to the wider community. It ensures our City's young people can develop their interests and ideas, giving them an opportunity to showcase their considerable talents. This is the leading short film festival in Melbourne's west and highlights the formidable contribution female film-makers have made, and continue to make, to our local film industry."

The last partner is Victoria University, who has developed a Bachelor of Screen Media to help our youth prepare themselves and gain work in the TV and film industry of Australia. Marc C. Scott, Lecturer in Digital media at the University says, "We have partnered with SSSFF to encourage young film makers to follow their passion and hone their skills. The festival has become a good, prestigious stepping stone for budding filmmakers to showcase their work alongside award winning filmmakers."

This festival is a platform for aspiring film makers to prove their talents in film, television, radio, screen culture, even online and mobile media production and reap the rewards for creating truly powerful stories whether it be comedy, drama, documentaries, animations, thriller, indigenous or fantasy. Short Films selected for this festival give our young film makers a change to get their work out into the public arena, with their credits in bright lights within a networking structure that can help them gain recognition for their creativity and hard work. It helps place them into the industry and introduces them to other film makers and producers looking for talent for further feature films.

And the judges are the best of the best in the industry, so for them to give a short film their personal mark of approval, gives these young entrepreneurs another big step to full filling their dreams.

The website details the judges as:
Sue Maslin is an award-winning producer of film, television and digital content. She has created award-winning feature and documentary films. Her most recent film is the smash hit The Dressmaker, starring Kate Winslet and Judy Davis.

Arden Pryor is a comedy writer, performer and producer. He originally started his career as a stand-up comedian and character actor. As an actor he worked in both theatre and television, notably playing Rebel Wilson's mother in Fat Pizza.

Katerina Kotsonis has accumulated a diverse body of work in theatre, television and film. She has been an active creative for short films both in front and behind the scenes. She is also co-curator of the Greek-Australian Short Film Festival which is partnered with the Greek Film Festival.

Maria Papas is an actor who has appeared in film, TV and theatre including works for Melbourne Fringe, the ABC, Neighbours and the Women's Circus. She has trained with Anna McCrossin Owen, Wendy Ward and Miranda Harcourt, amongst others. This is Maria's second year as a judge.

Jennifer Hallam is a film buff who despite an extensive professional career finds time to develop scripts and dabble in amateur photography.

Todd Asensio has had an extensive career as a media educator across a number of schools in Victoria.

Get noticed by these people and you are noticed by the right people to speed you along to your future. So first up, you must not miss seeing the best selected short films for this year's festival and second start planning your submission for next year that will be even better. See their website to buy tickets a

$18.00 Adults, 18 and over
$11:50 Children and teens age 3 to 17
$11.00 Seniors card and 65
$14.50 Pensioners, Students or Concession card holders
$14.00 Sun Theatre adult members
$10:50 Sun Theatre children and teens age 3 to 17 members

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Phone: Telephone: (03) 9362 0999
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