St Kilda Film Festival Program Overview

Program Overview

Thursday 19 - Saturday 28 May 2016

Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, the St Kilda Film Festival is one of Australia’s largest and oldest short film festivals. The Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on a wide range of exceptional films by both emerging talent and accomplished industry professionals, competing for over $50,000 worth of prizes. This ten day event features a huge range of short films tailored to suit any film taste, plus a range of special screenings and events. Check out the calendar to plan your week of short films.

What’s On Throughout The Festival

Australia’s Top 100 Short Films

Friday 20 – Saturday 28 May
Australia’s 2016 Top 100 Short Films will be showcased over a number of screenings throughout the Festival week.  


Thursday 26 May
Australia’s only dedicated music video competition, SoundKILDA, celebrates and screens music videos the way they should be – loud and large on the big screen followed by an after party. This year’s program sees the Festival partner with the Australian Music Industry Network (AMIN) and the Live Music Office to present the I LOVE LIVE MUSIC 60 second short film competition. 

Youth Programs (Free Events)

Under The Radar Wednesday 25 May
Armed & Dangerous Wednesday 25 May
Students and budding young filmmakers can also experience the Festival through the Under the Rader Short Film Competition and the Armed & Dangerous short film series. 

Palm Springs International ShortFest

Saturday 28 May
St Kilda Film Festival is proud to host a specially curated program of films from the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, featuring incredible examples of fiction, animation, documentary and LGBT shorts from around the world. 

Fandor - Award Winning Films From Around The World 

Sunday 22 May
St Kilda Film Festival and Fandor are pleased to bring you a hand-picked program of award winning films from around the world. 

Special Events

In addition to the Festival’s traditional program, there are a number of special screenings throughout the event including:

Short Black - An Indigenous Short Film Retrospective
Lost Laughs From The Past - Indie 70s Cinema
Wild at Heart
Olympus Filmmaker Challenge

Filmmaker Development (Free Events)

The Festival brings filmmakers together to explore and discuss their craft, forge new relationships and discover new resources. The Forum Series and the many networking events occur over the week allowing filmmakers to take the next step in their filmmaking career. 

Victorian Tour

Can’t get to St Kilda? Highlights from the 2016 Festival will tour throughout Victoria in June and July. Full tour program released in May 2016.