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:: Spotlight :: 2006 St.Kilda Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

It is one of the traditional events of the Australian film industry calendar. For a display of quality work in the field of short films, one of the leading festivals is the St Kilda Film Festival. In 2006, the event runs from May 30 to June 4, 2006. It is a major part of the St.Kilda and Victorian cultural identity.

Now entering its 23rd year, the St.Kilda Film Festival is showcasing a broad range of talent and passion for short film by the 100 winners of the National Film Competition. And with the assistance of Film Victoria, the Australian Film Commission, and major sponsors TAC and Australian Fresh, the Festival is getting bigger and better every year.

With over 700 entries, this year’s highlights include international programs from Interfilm Berlin and Sao Paolo Short Film Festival, and Australia's longest running music video competition SoundKILDA. Featuring videos from artists such as Pete Murray, Spiderbait and Bernard Fanning, SoundKILDA is definitely going to surprise and delight.

This year marks the return to one of Melbourne’s best-loved venues. The Astor Theatre is another cultural landmark in the cityscape and this happy reunion to one of the traditional settings is something to celebrate at the opening night on May 30.

The Festival this year focuses on a number of events including a special session of Confessions of a Filmmaker with celebrated animator Anthony Lucas. The spotlight will also be on the past 40 years of the Victorian College of the Arts and, with a new exciting collaboration with the Department of Victorian Communities, the positive images of ageing will be expressed through the medium of short film.

You can get your dose of local talent in the shorts, when you witness renowned actors such as Suzi Porter, Marcus Graham, Glenn Robbins, Samuel Johnson, Gary Sweet, Kerry Armstrong, John Stanton, Gerard Kennedy, Emma Lung & Michael Veitch.

As well as returning to some iconic places, there are new venues added to enhance the ever-expanding amount of talent on show. The Sea Baths Function Centre is the new setting for the revamped Closing Night Awards Ceremony where the winners will be announced.

Go to this year’s St Kilda Film Festival and experience the awesome world of short film at the country’s biggest exhibition of local and overseas filmic flair.

**Highlights to watch for**

ST KILDA SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2006 HIGHLIGHTS

This year's St Kilda Film Festival - May 30 to June 4 will be bigger than ever, with 100 of Australia's Top Short Films in the competition. Here is a rundown of some of the good ones to view.

ALL IS FORGIVEN - Drama - 12mins
Principals: Tex, Don and Charlie, this is a groundbreaking merge between short film and music video.
Writer/Director: Karen Borger

EUROPE - Drama - 7mins (SCREENING ON OPENING NIGHT)
Principals: Tim Richards, Gwyneth Price, Ryan Johnson
Writer/Director: Brendan Cowell

DOMESTIC - Comedy - 7mins
Principals: Patricia Cotter, Lawrence Carmichael
Writer: Brett Snelgrove
Director: Katie Hides

GRANGE - Drama - 30mins
Principals: Aaron Pedersen
Writers: Reg Cribb, Catriona McKenzie
Director: Catriona McKenzie

HOLE IN THE WALL - Drama - 11mins
Principals: Samuel Johnson, Helen Howard, Harrison Reynolds
Writer/Director: Peter Hegedus

OPERATING INSTRUCTIONS - Drama - 14mins
Principal: Gary Sweet
Writer/Director: Tim Noonan

THE SAVIOUR - Drama - 18mins
Principals: Thomas Campbell, Susan Prior, David Somerville, Rhys Muldoon, Nicholas Hammond

COOL - Drama - 14mins
Principals: Susie Porter, Marcus Graham
Writer: Elecia Pikusa
Director: Kylie Washington-Brook

TEN FEET TALL - Drama - 12mins
Principals : Samuel Johnson, Michael Veitch
Writer: Anthony Woodcock
Director: Aaron Wilson

TANGO TROIS - Drama - 8mins
Principals: Hilary Hannigan, Manu Bennett, Megan Dorman
Writer/Director: Gracie Otto

THE DEAL - Drama - 15mins (SCREENING ON OPENING NIGHT)
Principals : Glenn Robbins, Tim Draxl, Jane Allsop
Writer/Director: Nigel Karikari

THE FAKING GAME - Comedy - 18mins
Principal: Michael Booth
Writer/Director: Damon Herriman

VIRUS - Drama - 15mins
Principals: Kerry Armstrong, John Stanton, Belle Leslie
Writers: Stephen Amis, Adam Browne
Director: Stephen Amis

VEND - Drama - 10mins
Principals: Christopher Baker, Chris Haywood, Matt Dyall
Writer/Director: James Findlay

THE MECHANICALS - Drama - 9 mins (SCREENING ON OPENING NIGHT)
Principals: Anthony Phelan, Martin Murphy, Anthony Hayes, Ewen Leslie, Justin Smith, Glenn Hazeldine
Writer/Director: Leon Ford

LAST STOP - Drama - 5mins
Principals: Donna McRae, Steve Adams, Brendan Bacon, Katrina Mathers, Jacob Oberman
Writers: Tatiana Doroshenko, Greg Williams
Director: Greg Williams

THE WAGALAK SISTERS - Animation (SCREENING ON OPENING NIGHT)
Principal: Tom E. Lewis (voiceover)
Writer: Michael Wagner
Director: Dave Jones

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As a central part of the St Kilda Film Festival, the SoundKILDA music video competition is an excellent way to display the talents of the music video makers who are at the forefront of redefining the use of video clips as a visual medium. SoundKILDA looks at the video clips that stay in your head, promote the song and represent the artists who made the music. It is also an opportunity for you to watch them on the big screen and vote for your favourite clip.

The diversity of talent is a big part of the competition in 2006, ranging from well-known artists and directors, such as Pete Murray and Damion Escott, to first-time entrants, such as Kasimir Burgess, showcasing their abilities of using the video clip to convey the music’s messages.

From the 22 finalists, film clips from Sarah Blasko, Bernard Fanning, The Living End and Grinspoon, just to name a few, are all nominated for the SoundKILDA Awards.

And not only are the awards peer-voted, but as part of the ceremony, there is an Audience Award, Best Music Video and Best Music Video Animation component to ensure those who have created significant visual representations of the music are acknowledged and honoured.

This year, the winners will be announced directly after the screening and, for the first time, an After Party at the Festival Club, The Lobby Bar, will kick on for those who attend the screening.

2006 SoundKILDA Finalists:

Always Worth It - Sarah Blasko
Dir: Damion Escott, Stephen Lance
Prod: Head Pictures

Opportunity - Pete Murray
Dir: Yen Ooi, Pete Murray
Prod: Melissa Wiltshire

Wish You Well - Bernard Fanning
Dir: Damion Escott, Stephen Lance
Prod: Head Pictures

I Was Alive - The Whitlams
Dir: Melissa Wiltshire
Prod: Bart Borghesi

Rock Bottom Riser - Smog
Dir: Brendan Cook, Paul Macneil
Prod: Brendan Cook, Paul Macneil

Sweet As Sugar - Grinspoon
Dir: James Barr
Prod: James Moore

Bleed You Dry - Grinspoon
Dir: James Hackett, Jean Camden
Prod: Hackett Films

Broken Bones - Blackchords
Dir: Kasimir Burgess
Prod: Adrian Moses & Victorian College of the Arts

Class A - Pete Murray
Dir: Yen Ooi
Prod: Melissa Wiltshire

Say What You Say - Soma Rasa
Dir: Michael Craft
Prod: Annie Kinnane

Hurricane - Faker
Dir: jt
Prod: Darcy Maine

Skindance - Soma Rasa
Dir: Andy Hook, Robert Stephenson
Prod: Andy Hook

Drunk on Election Night - Dan Kelly & The Alpha Males
Dir: Rachael Hough
Prod: Virginia Kay

Yesterday - SS Pecker
Dir: Pradeep Senanayake
Prod: Pradeep Senanayake

On My Way - Spiderbait
Dir: Tom Spark
Prod: Veronica Laws

Then Till Now - Bliss N Eso
Dir: Matt Bird
Prod: Cristina Dio

Children of The Underground - Zulya and the Children of the Underground
Dir: Studio Neko
Prod: Susan Earl, Yuki Wada

The Shake - Kisschasy
Dir: Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Sean Gilligan
Prod: Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Sean Gilligan

Clown Prince - Hilltop Hoods
Dir: John Engelhardt, Eddie White
Prod: Sam White, Huy Nguyen

What’s On The Radio - The Living End
Dir: Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Sean Gilligan
Prod: Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Sean Gilligan

Prun Sunk (Feeding Time) - Because of Ghosts
Dir: Trent Denham
Prod: Trent Denham

Wake Up - The Living End
Dir: Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Sean Gilligan
Prod:Sarah-Jane Woulahan, Sean Gilligan

SoundKILDA is on Thursday, June 1 from 9.00pm at the George Cinemas, 135 Fitzroy St, St Kilda

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**Winners announced**

The 23rd St Kilda Film Festival was the most successful yet, featuring 100 of Australia’s Best Short Films. The winners were announced and the BEST SHORT FILM and the $10,000 prize money was taken out by VEND directed by James Findlay and Produced by Natasha Gray.

The list of winners

Best Short Film - Vend, Directed by James Findlay

Craft Award - Domestic, Directed by Katie Hides, Produced by Brett Snelgrove

Best Director - The Eye Inside, Directed by Cordelia Beresford

Best Documentary - Butterfly Man, Directed by Samantha Rebillet, Produced by Justin Davies

Best Animation - The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Directed and Produced by Anthony Lucas

Best Comedy - The Mechanicals, Directed by Leon Ford, Produced by Nicole O’Donohue

Best Achievement in Screenplay - The Saviour, Written by Peter Templeman

Best Actor - Richard Wilson, Debut

Best Achievement in Cinematography - The Eye Inside, Cinematography by Cordelia Beresford

Best Achievement in Editing - Domestic, Edited by Ben Joss

Best Achievement in Visual Effects - A Message from Fallujah, Effects by Tad Price

Best Achievement in Sound Post Production - The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, Sound Design by John Rowland

Best Original Score - Carnivore Reflux, Score by Benjamin Speed

SBS Television Award - The Last Chip, Directed by Heng Tang, Produced by Donna McCrum & Andy Canny

Most Positive Image of Ageing - Butterfly Man, Directed by Samantha Rebillet, Produced by Justin Davies

Judges Special Commendation - Azardi, Directed by Anthony Maras, Produced by Scott McDonald & Anthony Maras

Judges Special Commendation - The Last Chip, Directed by Heng Tang, Produced by Donna McCrum & Andy Canny

SOUNDKILDA
Music Video (Audience Award) - Rock Bottom Riser, Directed and Produced by Brendan Cook & Paul Mcneil

Best Music Video Animation - Rock Bottom Riser, Directed and Produced by Brendan Cook & Paul Mcneil

Best Music Video - Broken Bones, Directed by Kasimir Burgess, Produced by Adrian Moses & VCA

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**The Festival set to go on tour**

To celebrate the winners of the St Kilda Film Festival 2006, the Festival is showcasing the cream of the crop and touring Australia’s top short films nationally from June 11 to July 29, 2006.

The St Kilda Film Festival is hitting the road with the best our short filmmakers have to offer.

These fine examples of contemporary, creative and visually captivating stories will be re-told in six cities across Australia- Canberra, Brisbane, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and Sydney.

Throughout the National Tour there will be two screenings of the highly acclaimed short films that were part of the St Kilda Film Festival, including the winning short VEND.

The Best of Australia’s Top 100 will screen around the country in two sessions. Session one features the winning film from the Festival, and includes highlights such as Message From Fallujah, which won the Best of the Fest Award at the Los Angeles International Short Film Festival and was short-listed for the 2006 Academy Award Nominations. Ten Feet Tall, stars AFI Award winning actor Samuel Johnson and comic actor Michael Veitch, and marks multi-platinum singer/songwriter Pete Murray’s first foray into composing for film.

Session two showcases more fine examples of the artistically talented filmmakers such as Stephen Amis, whose film Virus, staring Kerry Armstrong, will screen in this session. In 2000, Amis co-wrote, produced and directed the romantic comedy The Real Thing starring Kate Fischer. Olivia Peniston-Bird, who directed and produced the 4-minute drama Goggles, appearing in this session, has been in film production for eight years. She has worked with renowned filmmakers such as Roger Michell (Notting Hill), Sally Potter (Orlando) and Jonathon Glazer (Sexy Beast).

As well as these amazing showcases of short films, in each state there will be Retrospective Sessions, displaying local storylines and issues relevant to each of the six capital cities that the Festival will be touring to.


ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL NATIONAL TOUR, JUNE – JULY, 2006

CANBERRA - JUNE 11 - ELECTRIC SHADOWS
BRISBANE - JUNE 23 & 24 - DENDY CINEMA
PERTH - JUNE 25 & 26 - LUNA CINEMA, LEEDERVILLE
HOBART - JULY 7 & 8 - STATE CINEMA
ADELAIDE - JULY 21 & 22 - MERCURY CINEMA
SYDNEY - JULY 28 & 29 - CHAUVEL CINEMA

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For more information, visit

www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au