Arts & Entertainment

St Kilda Film Festival

The anticipated St Kilda Film Festival returns this year as a nine-day free online event owing to the coronavirus induced distancing laws which are currently in place.

The best Australian shorts will be screened followed by Q+A sessions and webinars detailing the art of comedy. Shorts include the talent of many established performers including Brett Climo, Claudia Karvan, Aaron Pedersen, and Gary Sweet.

Highlights include curated programs of new Australian animations, new films from female filmmakers, and crowd-pleasing Indigenous horror films.

The annual youth short film competition will feature the incredible talent of young filmmakers who dream of one day working in film and television. This year there’s a new digital film competition for filmmakers in regional Victoria showcasing their life experiences.

This is a prestigious film festival and award-winning films are eligible for entry in the Oscars Short Film and Documentary Short Awards.

“If 2020 is paving the way for the future of Australian filmmaking then the future is breathtaking. The sheer diversity of work, the guts and glory ambition, and those authentic voices are just great to bring to the screen – it makes me very proud to be a part of the lives of these films and these filmmakers,” enthused Festival director Richard Sowada. (MMo)

Jun 12–20. Full program details: www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au