Movie careers begin at the largest annual festival of Australian short films – which is now available online!
In 2019, the St Kilda Film Festival moved to winter. In 2020, the festival moved online. Yes, despite the physical closure of theatres, the Australia’s biggest short film festival will still run this year thanks to the internet.
All films in the program will be available to watch for free between June 12 and June 20. Australia’s Top 100 Short Film competition will still go ahead, as will a number of curated sessions.
Festival director Richard Sowada said: “Cinema is about action and ideas, so we’re embracing the opportunity to deliver the festival in this new form.” Australia’s film and screen industry has been walloped by venue restrictions and shutdowns, so the St Kilda Film Festival is doing its bit to help. All 598 festival entrants will have their fees refunded. Films that make the Top 100 will also be paid a small screening fee.
The 2020 program has now been released and features flicks starring the likes of Claudia Karvan, Larry Emdur, Aaron Pederson, Gary Foley, Gary Sweet, Chengwu Guo and Victoria Haralabidou. St Kilda Film Festival will this year present Shifting the Gaze: Focus on Women Filmmakers (new films from women filmmakers); the Australian Animation Explosion (new Australian animated films); Age of Awareness (coming of age films); Damned if You Do (dramas exploring choice and consequence); Forbidden Fruit (films examining sexuality, gender and relationships); and Dark Matter (horror, thriller and dystopian films). The festival also features comedic shorts in the Australian Comedy Showcase and a number of films exploring the experiences of Indigenous Australians (notably Home, Gods of Tiny Things and Out of Range).
There will also be Q&A sessions running on writing, money, storytelling and production. The full 2020 St Kilda Film Festival program can be viewed on the festival website.
St Kilda Film Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event, meaning that prize winners are eligible for consideration for the Academy Awards for short films and documentaries.
The festival can be watched via the St Kilda Film Festival website for audiences in Australia only.