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:: Spotlight :: 2016 St.Kilda Film Festival

By: Carmine Pascuzzi

Entries for the coveted St Kilda Film Festival competitions are now officially open, both emerging filmmakers and industry professionals are being called on to submit their creative works in the following categories; Australia’s Top 100 short film competition, The SoundKILDA music video competition, and Under the Radar for filmmakers under the age of 21.

The St Kilda Film Festival commences Thursday 19 May until Saturday 28 May 2016, which will see St Kilda Town Hall transformed into a thriving hub of culture and arts, boasting state-of-the-art cinema technology to enhance the overall experience for visitors. The annual festival has gained momentum each year, building a strong industry reputation - the ideal stepping-stone for budding filmmakers, film industry workers and creatives seeking international work and recognition. A highlight of the Festival is the glamorous red carpet event, the Official Opening at the historic Palais Theatre, with celebrities, sponsors, nominee’s and stakeholders all attending to celebrate a night of industry recognition.

City of Port Phillip’s Mayor Bernadene Voss welcomes back the iconic short film festival. “We’re excited the Town Hall will again be enjoyed by film-goers in what is one of Australia’s few publicly owned film festivals. The St Kilda Film Festival belongs to our community and the City of Port Phillip is proud to produce and present this “must-see” event,” Cr Voss said.

Festival Director Paul Harris is excited to again be hosting one of Australia’s largest and longest running short film festivals. “We’re thrilled to be bringing such a high quality standard of film to the community again. The ten-day calendar features such a huge range of short films tailored to suit every taste, as well as special screenings and an exciting event schedule, there really is something to inspire and educate everyone,” said Mr Harris.

The St Kilda Film Festival has become one of the ‘must-do’ attractions in Melbourne for people from all over the country. The Festival also tours regional destinations around Victoria, bringing the celebration of short film to rural communities. The festival aims to provide its visitors with an affordable and unique experience, leaving a memorable impression on locals and tourists alike.

Celebrating its 33rd anniversary in 2016, the St Kilda Film Festival will screen the Top 100 short film entries received with a prize pool that totals over $50,000 worth of cash and in-kind craft awards, including at $10,000 prize for Best Short Film.

Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event – with award-winning films from St Kilda Film Festival eligible for consideration in the OSCARS Short Film and Documentary Short Subject Awards.

The ever-popular SoundKILDA Music Video Competition is back again, with prizes awarded in three categories: Best Music Video, Cinematography and Craft. There will also be a special Audience Award voted for and presented on the night of the screening.

Applicants for the AUSTRALIA'S TOP 100 SHORT FILM COMPETITON and the SoundKILDA Music Video Competition can enter here before Sunday February 14 2016. Both competitions are open to Australian residents only, and cost $33.00 (inc. GST) to enter.

Filmmakers under 21 are invited to enter their work in the 2016 Under the Radar competition, an initiative of the City of Port Phillip’s Youth Services division. With successful entrants screening as part of the St Kilda Film Festival, Under the Radar provides an opportunity for young filmmakers to show their work in an internationally recognised film festival, to encourage young filmmakers to pursue their craft further and encourage future stars of cinema - both in front of and behind the camera. Entries close February 1 2016.

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**Festival snapshot**

OPENING NIGHT – Thursday, 19th May. Opening night at the Palais Theatre will feature a selection of films representing the different programs being showcased throughout the Festival.

AUSTRALIA’S TOP 100 – Thursday 19th May – Saturday, 28th May. The Top 100 will be showcased across multiple sessions throughout the Festival and will feature a dynamic mix of Australia short films. The prize pool for this program includes a $50,000 prize pool. The Top 100 films will be released next week.

CLOSING NIGHT – Saturday, 28th May. The winner of the Top 100 Short Films will be announced at the closing night of the festival, and will walk away with incredible prizes.

SoundKILDA – Thursday, 26th May. SoundKILDA showcases the country’s top creative collaborations, with seventeen clips from local and international musicians created by some of our most talent filmmakers. An official awards ceremony and after party follows on from the presentation.

LOST LAUGHS FROM THE PAST – Monday, 23rd May. St Kilda Film Festival together with National Film and Sound Archive presents a full program of indie comedies from the past.

SHORT BLACK – Wednesday, 25th May. A program that celebrates Indigenous short film, screening a selection of shorts from talented Indigenous directors.

PALM SPRINGS – Saturday 28th May 2016. In partnership with the Palm Springs International ShortFest, a specially curated program from the 2015 festival will be showcased on the last day of the Festival, featuring cultural hit, Discipline, from Switzerland.

FANDOR International Showcase – Sunday, 22nd May. Fandor is an American subscription film service and social-sharing platform. Fandor specialises in independent and international films of all durations from 1895 to the present day. St Kilda Film Festival has worked closely with founder Jonathan Marlow (who is this year an international guest joining the judging panel for the Top 100 Short Film program) to present a hand-picked program of award-winning independent films from across the globe.