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:: Spotlight :: 2009 St.Kilda Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

The St Kilda Film Festival recently announced the 100 Australian short films that will screen at the 26th St Kilda Film Festival from May 26-31.

Produced by the City of Port Phillip, the 2009 Festival will open under the lights of the stunning Palais Theatre; be prepared to be blown away by Kim Farrant’s Bombshell, which looks at the thoughts that run through our minds when our time may be up; Before Nemo and Wall-E there was Tin Can Heart, be mesmerised by the exceptional animation of Aussie filmmaker Rodney March; Having recently completed his internship with Bruce Beresford on Mao’s Last Dancer Grant Scicluna delivers Neon Skin which will have its World Premiere at the Festival; escape reality in Luke Doolan’s Miracle Fish, in which little Joe wakes up to find his dreams may have become a reality; Multiple Choice is the right choice having been chosen from over 500 entries in an online competition to have a short film funded; Award winning films Dog Altogether (Scotland) is Paddy Considine’s directing debut; and Dix (France) will give audiences a taste of the international program; and just before we hit the after party, walk in the steps of the Beatles down Abbey Road with the song Blame Ringo, from Director Pete Kilroy for the band Garble March – a sneak peek at the SoundKILDA program.

“The exciting short films that we show at St Kilda are richer and more rewarding in form, content and style than the assembly line features that screen at most multiplex’s these days. Come and try them!”, said St Kilda Film Festival Director, Paul Harris.

Once again the Festival will also be graced with some familiar faces, with a few actors jumping into the Directors chair; Nathan Phillips has something to say in Message From the CEO; and the underground is making its bay debut with Being Carl Williams from actor Abe Forsythe starring Underbelly stars Gyton Grantly and Damon Gameau; Written and Directed by Joel Edgerton The List stars Justine Clarke and Anthony Hayes; and as we jump back in time with Five Easy Pizzas we are reminded of the talents of some of our best Geoffrey Rush, Chris Haywood, Bunney Brooke, Rhys Muldoon and Kim Gyngell.

The Top 100 short films will screen across 16 competition sessions as part of the St Kilda Film Festival Australian Short Film Competition. With over $40,000 worth of cash and in-kind craft awards, including a $10,000 cash prize for Best Short Film, entrants are vying for some excellent prizes which will assist them further their filmmaking careers.

With Australian films well represented, the Festival is excited to announce that once again St Kilda audiences will be able to view award winning shorts from Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and the best of the German competition from Interfilm Berlin Short Film Festival. Interfilm Berlin will also screen a special selection of Mexican shorts and films from the program: Confrontations: Films Against Violence and Intolerance.

Turn up the volume, as the Festival once again screens and awards the best in Australian music videos with SoundKILDA hosted by Alan Brough. With festival regulars back again to show you how its done Natasha Pincus (Monkey on a Wire) and Lucy Dyson (Persist, and The Wealthiest Queen) and with film clips of the hottest bands of the moment including Faker, Empire of The Sun and Little Red as well as some surprises.

Animation will also be celebrated with an Adam Elliot Retrospective that will screen four of the Oscar winner’s films: Uncle, Cousin, Brother and Harvie Krumpet and will also screen a special sneak peek of his new feature film Mary and Max at Dogs Bar.

The 2009 St Kilda Film Festival runs from 26-31 May. The prize winners will then embark on a national tour of over 30 locations including all capital cities and a number of regional destinations. For further information, visit here
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