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So many excellent movies to be seen at this festival
The St Kilda Film Festival is presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip. The festival supports the Australian film industry, showcasing a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise be seen.
There will be exceptional films by both up and coming talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals. These will all be shown on the big screen and are films you would not see on television.
During the St Kilda Film Festival, there are a number of special screenings and events that take place. You can join a special session with films for the whole family (see more details below).
The films in this year's festival include a selection of films from International Festival Partners, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Mexic, and the Top 100 Short Film Program.
This festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. It is also an event that qualifies for Academy Awards. There will be award-winning films from the festival which are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards and Documentary Short sections of the Oscars.
St Kilda Film Festival provides the most extensive overview of the national short film industry. As well as this, it is a rich program of music videos, international showcases, special screenings and events, plus a free Filmmaker Development Program.
Australia's Top 100 prize pool totals over $50,000 in cash. These include "in-kind craft awards", including a $10,000 prize for Best Short Film.
Other awards include:
The Best Director
The Best Achievement in Screenplay
The Best Documentary
The Best Animation
The Best Achievement in Cinematography
The Best Achievement in Indigenous Film-making
The Best Comedy
The Best Achievement in Sound Post.
The festival also supports youth filmmakers and has incorporated the "Under The Radar Short Film Competition" into the festival program.
Short Films is a new category at the film festival. A short film is one that has a duration shorter than 40 minutes. Features and longer films have grown and become popular over the years since the expansion of equipment, software and technology.
Whilst short film may now not be so popular with commercial cinemas, it is today a much-loved recreation of many film lovers.
This year's festival will be held at the St Kilda Town Hall, 99A Carlisle Street, St Kilda East. It will be held from Thursday 17th to Sunday 26th May, 2018.