St Kilda Film Festival: Celebrating 40 years of top shorts

City of Port Phillip
Come and celebrate the St Kilda Film Festival’s (SKFF) milestone 40th anniversary with us by entering the draw for two free guest passes for Opening Night on Thursday 6 June.

Opening Night will be at The Astor Theatre, kicking off 10 days of a superb selection of Australian short films that will amaze, amuse, and astound.

As the highly anticipated gala event approaches, two free guest passes are up for grabs for Divercity subscribers to walk the red carpet, enjoy a spectacular celebration of Australian short films and rub shoulders with the filmmakers at the after party.

Drawn from a call for entries from hundreds of new, short films from around the country, this year’s Opening Night event features a sensational program of comedies, powerful drama, animation, horror and fantasy, emceed by Brian Nankervis.

The 2024 SKFF program will take audiences on an incredible journey through some of Port Phillip’s iconic theatres including The Alex Theatre and The Astor Theatre, in addition to some unexpected venues such as South Melbourne Market and The Espy.

Program highlights

A Robot’s Dream

Director Morteza Halimi

In this animation, two robots, equipped with Artificial Intelligence, roam the post-apocalyptic world looking for humans to give them their purposes.

Blame The Rabbit

Director Elena Carapetis

After surviving a horrific assault by her husband, Helen uses the time of his incarceration to painstakingly rebuild herself into the entity that will have the most power over him: a beautiful woman. A modern take on the Gorgon myth about what happens when you disrespect the Divine Feminine.

Distant Space

Director Rohan Jones (Australian premiere)

In this sci-fi thriller, Robbie Scott is working for a commercial mining company on Mars. The vicissitudes of the alien Martian world and the commercial space base have dissolved his sense of humanity. He is morally and physically lost. Through an apparition of his daughter, his sense of humanity is restored, and he can be hopeful of rescue and redemption.

Edie and Audrey

Director Alexandra Millen (Australian premiere).

An older sister takes her younger sister out of the house for a day of movies, arcade games and bowling as a distraction to a more ominous situation unravelling at home.

The popular Pride Without Prejudice: LGBTQIA+ Showcase returns highlighting the sparkling diversity of the Australian LGBTQIA+ creative community at the Victorian Pride Centre on Sunday 16 June.

A highlight event as part of the First Nations program will be held at The Espy on Saturday 15 June: Through the Lens of Protest and Resistance. In this special session – MC’d by Tasha James, Manager of Indigenous Collection and Archives for ABC – SKFF presents a snapshot of First Peoples’ fight for justice and equality through the moving image.

About the Film Festival

Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, SKFF supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on exceptional films by both emerging talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals.

SKFF is Australia’s longest-running short film festival, recognising the genre of short film, including music videos, gaming and immersive forms, celebrating some of Australia’s best local short filmmakers and screen artists.

SKFF is supported by major government partners Screen Australia and VicScreen.

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