Closing Night Awards

Saturday 28 May


Closing Night is an invitation-only event.
The 33rd St Kilda Film Festival draws to a close with the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Filmmakers in the Top 100 Competition will contend for a prize pool valued at over $50,000 in cash and in-kind services. Judged by industry professionals, the awards cover a wide range of filmmaking crafts, with the Best Short Film taking home a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the City of Port Phillip.


Vote for your favourite film at the Festival for their chance to win the Audience Choice Award!


Best Short Film

$10,000 cash prize



Craft Award

$2,000 cash prize



Best Director 

$2,000 cash prize from

AFTRS plus an Australian
Directors Guild member pack




Best Achievement in Cinematography

Blackmagic URSA Mini 4K
EF Camera plus aURSA Viewfinder
and Shoulder Mount Kit) Model
valued at $7,603,

plus an ACS member pack



Best Achievement in Screenplay

$500 cash prize and a Nova
Gold Pass (valued at $2,050)
One year Associate  Membership
to the Australian Writers Guild





Best Achievement in
Sound Post Production

$2,500 in-kind services
from Music & Effects,
plus a one year Australian
Screen Sound Guild Associate





Best Original Score

$2,000 cash prize






Audience Choice Award

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Pro Kit valued at $2,099






Best Achievement in
Indigenous Filmmaking

$1,600 training voucher, one
year associate membership,
plus a 2016 Conference Pass

Best Documentary

ACMI screening plus an
(total value of $3,900)


Best Animation

$6,000 in-kind services



Best Achievement
in Editing

$1,500 in-kind services from Roar,
plus an Australian Screen
Editors Guild Membership



Best Achievement 
in Visual Effects

$1,500 in-kind services


Best Comedy

$2,000 rental equipment hire



Best Actor

$1,000 cash prize 



Best Young Actor

$500 cash prize with ongoing
agency representation



Under The Radar
Best Youth Film

$1,000 cash prize




Staff Choice Award

$500 cash prize,plus a
film buff’s feast pass
for the 2017 Festival





A special thank you to ScreenHub
for supplying 12 month
memberships to all our winners