St Kilda Film Festival

St Kilda Film Festival


Posted 2024-05-15 by Jenfollow

Thu 06 Jun 2024 - Sun 16 Jun 2024

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Turning 40 this year, St Kilda Film Festival returns from 6-16 June 2024, and you'll find the program here . Featuring more than 150 films showing over 52 screening sessions at venues across St Kilda and South Melbourne, this year's program will take you on an incredible journey through some of Port Phillip’s iconic theatres including The Alex Theatre and The Astor Theatre, in addition to some unexpected venues such as South Melbourne Market.

This year's famous Opening Night event will be held at the iconic Astor Theatre, 1 Chapel St, St Kilda, on Thursday 6 June 2024 from 7pm till midnight - and it's the ticket to get before it runs out. It'll feature a superb selection of Australian short films that'll amaze, amuse and astound, followed by a glorious after party where you can rub shoulders with the filmmakers and enjoy dance or three until the late hours. Featuring a sensational program of comedies, powerful drama, animation, horror and fantasy, the event will be emceed by Brian Nankervis (Rock Quiz).

In 2024 SKFF has received record entries from First Nations filmmakers and the Festival is very privileged to be able to screen the work of these Australian filmmakers and showcase so many stories. Program highlights include:

  • A Robot's Dream , director Morteza Halimi. Two robots, equipped with Artificial Intelligence (AI), roam the post-apocalyptic world looking for humans to give them their purposes.
  • Blame The Rabbit , director Elena Carapetis. After surviving a horrific assault by her husband, Helen painstakingly rebuilds herself during his incarceration into the entity that will have the most power over him: a beautiful woman.
  • Distant Space , director Rohan Jones (Australian premiere - sci-fi thriller). A man working for a commercial mining company amidst the vicissitudes of the alien Martian world and the commercial space base on Mars has lost his sense of humanity, until an apparition of his daughter gives him hope of restoration.
  • Edie and Audrey , director Alexandra Millen (Australian premiere). An older sister takes her younger sister out of the house for a day of fun as a distraction to a more ominous situation unravelling at home.
  • Esperance to Fremantle , director William Sebastian Turner. Wayward teenager Rob searches for a father he has not seen since he was an infant. He resolves to approach him as if he were a stranger, in order to discover who he really is and his reasons for leaving.
  • Finding Addison , director Francisca Braithwaite. Set in the vibrant and carefree 90s, this film interweaves the lives of five women as the story transitions between the past and present, narratives unfolding that has left an undeniable mark on all of them.

  • First Nations Program Highlight Event

    A highlight event as part of the First Nations program will be held at The Espy 's Gershwin Room, 11 The Esplanade, St Kilda, on Saturday 15 June 2024 - Through the Moving Lens of Protest and Resistance . MC’d by Tasha James, Manager of Indigenous Collection and Archives for ABC – SKFF presents a snapshot of First Peoples’ fight for justice and equality. The session includes No Way to Forget , directed by Richard Frankland, ASIO Makes a Movie , directed by Dr Alec Morgan and Babakiueria , directed by Don Featherstone. Musician, singer and songwriter, Jungaji will perform live with his band and he, with Richard Frankland will share their personal journeys.

    This year SKFF has partnered with Dogmilk Collective to present a program of alternative and ambitious screen works. Dogmilk is an independent filmmaking collective dedicated to the promotion and production of alternative and ambitious cinema. The two-part program will be a multi-sensory, immersive experience that challenges the very notion of what cinema can be. This is what Richard Sowada, SKFF Director had to say: “This program is the biggest the festival has ever mounted and it’s hardly surprising given the 40th anniversary celebration. In curating the program, I had the pleasure to be able to select from a record number of entries and although tough to do, what we’re delivering to audiences is a rare glimpse into the future of Australian cinema. It’s incredibly thrilling to experience and be a part of.”

    There are many new sessions for 2024 that include -
  • First Nations In Conversation - bold storytelling that runs the cinematic gamut
  • The Edge of Seventeen - coming-of-age tales of love, juvenile delinquency, rebellion, identity & more
  • Ageing (Dis)gracefully) - detailing incredible moments in the lives of older people
  • International Perspectives - big-screen stories bursting with ambition and style
  • Experiments In Film - two sessions of daring cinema that pushes itself to the edge of the form
  • Moving Portraits - intimate glimpses into people's lives that explore, art, music, and other cultures
  • Captioned MixTape - subtitled to make SKFF accessible to all - a tasting plate of short films
  • Short to Feature - matching the 1st short with the 1st feature of a range of well-known filmmakers

  • Plus you have the familiar favourite showcases and programs back for 2024 that'll take you on a diverse journey through the medium of short film. It includes the Australian Comedy Showcase; Pride Without Prejudice; Dark Matters; Australian Crime Stories; and a whole lot more. Be sure to scour the website and start making up your itinerary, and get booking! Festival Passes can be purchased to save more than a few dollars. For ticketing info, see here .

    Free Filmmaker Development Day - Sat 8 June 2024

    This ever-popular free development day event returns to continue to help budding creatives hone their craft at JMC Academy's Park Street Campus. Upskill with a unique series of hands-on workshops, forums, panels, exhibitions, screenings and Q&As on a diverse range of filmmaking topics with some of Australia's top emerging and established film talents. Whether you're just starting out or looking to fine tune, there's a session for everyone! Be sure to peruse the events you're interested in and start booking . From navigating intimacy for the screen, to the dark art of writing, the art of costume design, and practical workshops for creative and technical roles, it has it all . Stay in touch with the Festival via Facebook for updates or simply subscribe to stay in the loop.

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