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:: Spotlight :: 2016 Peninsula Short Film Festival

By: Matt Deller

Now in its 5th year, the Peninsula Short Film Festival (the largest such festival in Victoria) is going from strength to strength and gaining a reputation amongst short film makers as a great place to launch their films.

Held on the first weekend in February on the Rosebud foreshore the PSFF attracts not only a big crowd (around 5,000 this year) but also big names from the Australian film and television scene who venture down to be on the judging panel. This year Lachy Hulme (PSFF patron) was joined by Michala Banas, Pia Miranda, Peter Helliar, Damon Gameau & Robert Connolly. Other guests including Samuel Johnson, Zoe Tuckwell Smith, Frank Magree and Tania Zaetta were also spied throughout the evening.

The PSFF kicked off on the Friday evening this year with an official opening night gala at the Rosebud Cinema with the screening of Oz Indie Showcase award winning film BROKE, written and directed by Heath Davis who was on hand for a quick Q&A with PSFF director Steve Bastoni after the film was aired.

The following day the festivities kicked off around 4.00pm with music…food and patrons wandering in to reserve themselves a nice piece of turf for the evening. Some brought their chairs; others their blankets or rugs – all got comfortable for the evening's entertainment.

After a quick intro to the judges and special guests … the screenings got underway in 8 categories which included an Emerging Filmmaker category (for filmmakers under the age of 18). In the major category 12 short films battled it out for the major prize of $5,000 cash and the exquisite (Bud Award) …a piece of carved cuttlebone in the shape of a Rosebud inside a blown glass orb ! …with 2nd prize of $2,500 and 3rd prize of $1,250.

It was a fabulous balmy evening with the eventual winner being Kai Smythe for his zany short film How Deep Can I Go? And the Peoples’ Choice award went to Ben Steel, Mark Davis and Tawni Bryant for their short film comedy ‘LUCY’ .

A Great event for all ages – locals and tourists …..see ya next year !

Courtesy of Matt Deller, pictures can be viewed here