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The Peninsula Short Film Festival in it’s second successful year.

After months of planning, networking and pulling in celebrity favours from far and wide, Peninsula Short Film Festival organisers, Steve Bastoni and Tony Ladiges have WOWed us once again with some super short films from the Peninsula and beyond.

A regular guest on the Arts About program on Sundays 11am, Australian actor Steve Bastoni has been building the excitement on air with regular updates, interviews and phone-ins as the big day grew near. As part of our continued support, Arts About presenters also attended on the night to file a report and interview celebrity guests.

A large audience of men, women and children stretching from the Mornington Peninsula and Melbourne huddled together under warm blankets and sat beneath clear skies and bright stars of the Rosebud Village Green to watch the second successful Peninsula Short Film Festival last Saturday night. The crowd was treated to live music performances followed by 12 short film finalists showcasing their creative and inspiring work, covering many genres and were judged and awarded prize money on the night.

The brainchild of Steve Bastoni and business partner Tony Ladiges discussed a much needed ‘platform’ to support, encourage and promote the rich and raw talent of Australian actors. Hence, the Peninsula Short Film Festival was born.

A line up of famous Australian actors and celebrities who judged the short films on the night included actor Lachy Hulme who played Kerry Packer in Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, Firass Dirani, Underbelly: The Golden Mile, actor Jane Hall, actor Kerry Armstrong, Neighbours tomboy Carla Bonner, singer and radio presenter David Reyne, comedian and actor Adam Zwar. Steve Vizard and many more, excited and entertained the crowd.

Steve Bastoni said, “I am thrilled with the way the night went. Everyone was very optimistic and the enthusiasm we received from people was amazing.” He added, “The support from the community and businesses means the festival is here to stay and the next one will be held in December 2013.”

The winner who received prize money of $5,000 and a glass trophy made by Gordon Studio Glassblowers in Red Hill was awarded to the quirky short film Toast, directed by David McIntosh. Second prize was presented to Young Heart directed by Christian Kennedy who received $2,500 and third prize was presented to The Race Caller directed by Jack Wynne who received $1,200.
All short films were proudly presented by Peninsula Hot Springs and many local businesses generously supported the huge event.

The prediction is the Peninsula Short Film Festival, a truly inspiring event that should be on everyone’s social calendar, will be even bigger and better next year, rivalling all other short film festivals!
For details of the night visit www.peninsulashortfilmfestival.com.au.

Congratulations Steve and Tony for all your time and effort creating this fantastic event on the Peninsula!