St Kilda Film Festival

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St Kilda Film Festival
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Movie careers begin at the largest annual festival of Australian short films

The short film scene in Australia has never been stronger, and the 35th St Kilda Film Festival brings all the excitement of this vibrant medium to the beachside suburb in May.

Short films are packaged up into feature-length sessions of up to ten films and divided into various themes.

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The Top 100 Australian Short Films entered for the festival will all get a screening. Some highlights include 'The Story', an emergency room drama starring You Am I's Tim Rogers; Odessa Young in 'Cooee', a sci-fi tale in which four wild girls race through a futuristic Oz in a solar-powered Holden Commodore; and 'Mrs McCutcheon', about a ten-year-old boy who identifies as a woman called Mrs McCutcheon, featuring Nadine Garner and Virginia Gay.

'Gender Reversed Guitar Shopping' has a man wandering into a guitar store and having everything womansplained to him by the likes of Adalita, Jen Cloher, Davey Lane, Kat Spazzy and Laura Imbruglia. Meanwhile huge UK star Ben Whishaw is in Alice Englert's 'Family Happiness', the story of a mean girl and her loving brother.

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The Soundkilda competition is a program of music videos. This year's finalists include clips for Montaigne, Client Liaison, Flight Facilities, Peking Duk and Gordi. There's also a competition for youth short film, Under the Radar. In all, $50,000 in prizes will be given away during the festival, and because St Kilda Film Festival is now an Academy Awards qualifying event, prize winners are eligible for consideration in the Academy Award categories for Best Short Film and Best Documentary. 

Special events include Right There on My TV, presented by the National Film and Sound Archive. It's a session of forgotten music TV from the 1970s that fans of the era's music will love. See clips from Nightmoves, Bandstand, Thank God It's Friday at the Zoo and also a never-broadcast pilot for a panel show called Soundcheck, hosted by Greg Evans.

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The Mexican film industry is bursting with talent – four of the last five Best Director Oscar winners have been Mexican – and this year St Kilda Film Festival is screening a session of highlights from the Guanajuato International Film Festival.

Most of the sessions are for over 18s only, but there will be a family-friendly afternoon session too. 

Tickets are on sale now. You can check out the trailer below.

By: Nick Dent

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