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By Tom Clift
May 15, 2018

St Kilda Film Festival 2018

Ten days jam-packed with standout Aussie and international short films.
By Tom Clift
May 15, 2018

in partnership with

Big things come in small packages at the St Kilda Film Festival, Australia's oldest and most prestigious celebration of short-form cinema. Taking over the beachside suburb from 17–26 May, the festival program is as jam-packed as ever, with films of every conceivable genre along with a VR lineup, filmmaking resources and a whopping $50,000 prize pool.

As always, the centrepiece of the festival is Australia's Top 100 Short Films. The competition is split into 16 different sessions — spread across the ten days — including two documentary streams and an intriguing "after dark" contingent.

Highlights from the lineup are The Story, which was filmed in St Kilda and centres on a man that witnesses an emergency; a film about four women in a futuristic Australia, called Cooee; and Mrs McCutcheon, the story of a 10-year-old boy who likes to wear dresses and go by the name of Mrs McCutcheon.

Other program standouts include the annual SoundKILDA Music Video Competition, a selection of Latin American shorts presented in partnership with Mexico's Guanajuato International Film Festival, and the Under the Radar, which showcases films from emerging filmmakers under the age of 21.

The festival is also home to The Big Picture, one of the country's largest free filmmaker development programs, where attendees can pick up tips of the trade from leading industry professionals on everything from working with actors to making a movie on your smartphone.

While the festival's flashy opening night will take place at the grand Palais Theatre, the rest of the program will be screened at St Kilda Town Hall.


St Kilda Film Festival will run from Thursday, May 17 to Saturday, May 26. To snag tickets head to

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