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The St Kilda Film Festival, Australia’s premier short film event will celebrate thirty years in 2013 with a bumper ten-day program launching on Thursday 23 May 2013.  A vital showcase for the Australian film industry, the St Kilda Film Festival’s 30th anniversary celebrations will include special screenings featuring unseen footage and Australia’s Top 100 short films in competition, alongside a rich program of music and international shorts, youth programs, filmmaker development series and industry networking events.

Paul Harris, Festival Director said, “From modest beginnings, the St Kilda Film Festival has become a premier event on the Australian film industry calendar and has screened shorts that went on to be Oscar winners and nominees and Palme D’or winners at Cannes. The roll call of talent that has passed through this Festival is outstanding and one that we can’t wait to celebrate in 2013.”

“Australian short films deserve the exposure. It is important for short filmmakers to see how their work is received by an audience, which is what they experience when taking part in the St Kilda Film Festival,” he said..

The St Kilda Film Festival will kick start its 30th anniversary celebrations when the red carpet is rolled out for the who’s who of Australian short film at the Palais Theatre on Opening Night with a special screening of hand picked films from the 2013 Top 100 line-up.

A favourite on the festival calendar, SoundKILDA screens and awards the best music videos, giving filmgoers and music lovers alike to opportunity see them how they should to be seen – loud and large on the big screen.

The session showcases 18 of the hottest Australian musicians of the moment and the filmmakers behind them including Unshamed Desire by Missy Higgins, Wild Things By San Cisco, Easy Way Out by Gotye, Ghosts by The Presets, Don’t Wanna Grow Up Anymore By Bob Evans to name a few.

Old Gold St Kilda – See the delights offered by the Bayside precinct going back to the turn of the last century with this nostalgic collection of rare archival footage. The centrepiece of this journey to the iconic Melbourne suburbs past will be the never-beforeseen documentary about Luna Park, A Century of Lunacy: Memories of Melbourne’s Luna Park. Also screening during Old Gold St Kilda is Junction (1974), filmmaker Peter Lamb’s tale of mourning as the historic St Kilda Junction Hotel was demolished.

The filmmaker development program will provide an overview on a variety of filmmaking topics, covering everything from the basics of filmmaking to the sharing of wisdom. This year will be bigger and better than ever with 13 forums within the program.

To conclude its 30th year, the Festival will hold the Closing Night Awards at the St Kilda Town Hall on Saturday 1 June where the best of this year’s filmmakers will be awarded over $40,000 in cash and in-kind prizes.

The St Kilda Film Festival is produced and presented by The City of Port Phillip and runs from Thursday 23 May – Saturday 1 June 2013 St Kilda’s Palais and Astor Theatre. For further information please visit www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au

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