A Guide to St Kilda’s Film Festival 2014

The St Kilda film festival has one main focus, which is to promote and screen the best of the Australian Short Film Industry. Every year the top 100 short films are selected out of hundreds of entries to be screened at select Melbourne locations, which are as unique as the films they showcase. In 2014, these include The Astor Theatre, Palais Theatre, The St Kilda Town Hall and Forum Hall at The All Saints Church.

The film festival was originally started over 30 years ago by the St Kilda council in 1984, and is officially Australia’s oldest film festival. Instigated by Councillor Mary Lou Jelbart, the short film festival grew quickly in scale and reputation to become one of Australia’s most prestigious and recognised short film competitions. In fact, winners of the St Kilda Film Festival now qualify for consideration in the Short Film Category of the Oscars, and is also accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture, Arts and Sciences.

This year, apart from the Top 100 short films, other special events also include the Youth and Disability Access Program (for filmmakers under the age of 21), Armed and Dangerous (short films produced by school kids, VCAL and VET students) and SoundKilda – the ultimate for up-coming and undiscovered music video producers. The film festival runs from May 22nd – May 31st.

The venues are within a short walking distance to all forms of public transport, while disabled access can easily be arranged with management in advance. For all enquiries or concerns regarding access, please email filmfest@portphillip.vic.gov.au or call 03 9209 6711.

All tickets (except for opening and closing night) are available to purchase at The Astor Theatre or through Ticketmaster with a range of options available: single sessions, multiple sessions, concession tickets as well as festival passes of all descriptions. Starting at just $15, The St Kilda Film Festival is not only a fun way to spend the evening, but affordable too.

Opening and closing night sessions are limited and cannot be purchased through Ticketmaster. For tickets, please visit the festival office or call 03 9209 6699. Please note that no refunds or exchanges will be issued with opening/closing night tickets due to the high demand.

As all films have yet to be officially classified, the age limit is restricted to strictly 18 years and above. This makes it the perfect excuse to leave the kids at home and enjoy the best offerings of Australia’s newest film makers.

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