Senator the Hon Mitch Fifield, Minister for the Arts

The St Kilda Film Festival has been a mainstay on the cultural calendar for as long as I can remember, something I take great pride in as the Minister for the Arts, and as a Victorian.

In 2015 we celebrated our biggest year ever in Australian film. This success doesn’t happen overnight – it is thanks to the passion of audiences, the vibrancy of the industry and through events like the St Kilda Film Festival which ignites people’s love for film. This valuable support means that we can continue to create unique and powerful stories which connect with local audiences. 

Each year the SKFF delivers a program packed with films, screenings, workshops and events, giving industry and audiences the opportunity to engage with their favourite filmmakers, try something new, or discover new talent.

Congratulations to all those involved – from the actors in the spotlight, to the filmmakers and those behind the scenes, as well as the many people who work tirelessly to create such a vibrant festival year after year.


Martin Foley MP, Minister for the Creative Industries

Welcome to the 2016 St Kilda Film Festival where the films are short but the impact goes a long way.

Bringing together Australia’s top 100 short films, skills development events, special screenings and Australia’s only dedicated music video competition, the festival gives us a comprehensive look at the national short film sector, a breeding ground for new talent and new ideas.

Past festivals have featured the early works of acclaimed filmmakers including Adam Elliot, Emma Freeman and David Michod and I look forward to seeing this year’s crop of talent lighting up the screen.

Once the festival wraps up it’ll hit the road, giving cinefiles across Victoria a chance to get their short film fix. 

The Andrews Government, through Film Victoria, is proud to support the St Kilda Film Festival. Congratulations to Festival Director Paul Harris and the team for flying the flag for short film and contributing to St Kilda’s creative offering.  



Cr Bernadene Voss, Mayor, City of Port Phillip

The City of Port Phillip is proud to welcome you to the 33rd St Kilda Film Festival, again being staged at the historic Palais Theatre and St Kilda Town Hall.

Our short film festival has a long history of success, and somehow manages to become even more special each year. These success stories include shorts going on to win Academy Awards and major prizes at international festivals, being developed into feature films and leading to enduring collaborations.

As our City has a strong association with the creative arts, fostering and celebrating Australian filmmakers and the industry remains a big priority. As well as featuring Australia’s Top 100 short films, there are special events and free filmmaker development.

The City of Port Phillip greatly appreciates the ongoing support of Festival funding partners Screen Australia and Film Victoria.  And thanks must also go to our many sponsors, including major sponsor Olympus, for helping us to bring movie magic to St Kilda again.

Our Festival draws thousands of visitors and we encourage everyone to stay on and enjoy Port Phillip’s fantastic dining and entertainment attractions.

So let’s sit back, enjoy the show and celebrate the fantastic talent showcased over ten days at one of Australia’s largest and oldest short film festivals.

Happy viewing.



Paul Harris, Festival Director

If making films reflects the art of narrative storytelling, then the short film medium is the toughest nut to crack! With its emphasis on economy of scale and a limited time span to create, each year 100 films rise to the occasion and form Australia’s Top 100 Short Films.

After the success of an immersive state-of-the-art cinema and pop-up venue in 2015, I am thrilled to see the St Kilda Town Hall again become a short term home for industry and guests over the ten day period. 

We continue our proud association with Palm Springs International ShortFest and through this partnership, participating filmmakers will also have the chance to be featured in a reciprocal program at Palm Springs this year. In keeping with international film, we welcome a specially curated program from Fandor and co-founder Jonathan Marlow as this year’s international guest.

Be sure to check out the wealth of other programs on offer including SoundKILDA, free youth programs, an Indigenous short film retrospective, a special National Film and Sound Archive presentation and an exclusive web series program that explores this exciting new frontier.

Whether you’re a filmmaker, film lover or just a fan of great storytelling, I encourage you to delve into the 2016 program and follow our regular social media updates.