Youth Programs

The St Kilda Film Festival is proud to present a huge day of programs for youth.

The St Kilda Film Festival is proud to present a huge day of programs for youth. Wednesday 25 May will host two dedicated programs, Armed & Dangerous and youth film competition, Under the Radar.

Armed & Dangerous
Armed & Dangerous is an inclusive, non-competitive showcase of student work from a diverse range of education providers featuring work from young people undertaking VCAL (Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning) and VET (Vocational Education and Training) courses as well as mainstream schools from years 7 – 10.

In its 12 year history, Armed & Dangerous has screened over 100 short films of different types and genres, taking on topics from serious to fun. This year we are delighted to be able to continue to challenge young people to have their say, hone their skills and to see their work presented in public on the big screen.

Many young filmmakers have gained their first experiences of media production through this unique event which continues to encourage and support young people to have a go.

This free screening is back by popular demand and schools interested in attending must register by emailing Amber Harris at


Under The Radar

Under the Radar is a competition dedicated to young filmmakers, showcasing their work in an internationally recognised film festival. The program encourages young filmmakers to pursue their craft and supports the future stars of cinema - both in front of and behind the camera. Although the St Kilda Film Festival is an open entry competition, it is often difficult for young people to compete against more experienced filmmakers of an older age. This category is solely dedicated to the outstanding work that is being produced by young filmmakers in Australia.

The one hour curated screening of shorts (fiction, animation, music clip and documentary) has been tailored specifically for a VCE audience. Following the screening, attendees are treated to an expert panel on filmmaking and the opportunity to network with the key Film education bodies in Melbourne.