St Kilda Film Festival

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By Aleah Espanta

 

Australia’s premier short film festival, the St Kilda Film Festival is now calling for entries for its most sought-after film competitions this year.

 

The competition will include Australia’s top 100 short film competition, the SoundKILDA Music Video Competition and the Under the Radar film competition for filmmakers under 21.

 

Celebrating its 32nd anniversary, the St Kilda Film Festival is proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, and it supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of fascinating works that may not otherwise see the light of day.

 

It will screen the Top 100 short film entries, and winners will receive a prize pool that totals over $40,000 worth of cash and in-kind craft awards.

 

Set in the iconic town hall, it will see the venue transform into a cinema boasting state of the art sound and screening technology, and Festival Hub Lounge from 21 to 30 May 2015.

 

Festival Director Paul Harris is excited about transforming Carlisle Street into a vibrant arts precinct for the duration of the event, and the opportunities the new venue will bring in the future.

 

“We look forward to transforming the iconic Town Hall into a stylish, purpose-built cinema for the 10 day event,” Mr Harris said.

 

It is Australia’s largest and oldest short film festival, and has been accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

 

And as a result, has become an Academy Awards qualifying event – award-winning films from St Kilda Festival are eligible for consideration in the Short Films Awards section of the Oscars.

 

Not only that, the festival that has also screened films that went on to be Oscar winners and nominees, and Palme D’or winners at Cannes.

 

The Opening Night screening will remain at the Palais Theatre, an annual star-studded affair where Australia’s film industry will come together to sample the 2015 program’s best short films.

 

Exceptional films by emerging artists and short works by accomplished industry professionals are shown on the big screen, where they will look their shiny best.

 

The ever-popular SoundKILDA Music Video Competition is also back, with prizes awarded in three categories: Best Music Video, Best Independent Music Video and Best Music Video – Animation.

 

Applicants for Australia’s top 100 short film competition and the SoundKILDA Music Video Competition can enter at stkildafilmfestival.com.au before Friday, 30 January 2015.

 

Both competitions are open to Australian residents only, and cost $33.00 (incl. GST) to enter.

 

Filmmakers under 21 are invited to enter their work in the 2015 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 on 27 February 2015. More details are available at utrfilmcomp.com.au.

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