Proudly presented and produced by the City of Port Phillip, the Festival supports the Australian film industry by turning the spotlight on exceptional films by both emerging talent and short works by accomplished industry professionals. Due to government social distancing restrictions in place to limit the spread of COVID-19, the 2020 St Kilda Film Festival will be presented online from 12 to 20 June.  

Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the St Kilda Film Festival is an Academy Awards® qualifying event. Award-winning films from the Festival are eligible for consideration in the Short Film Awards and Documentary Short sections of the Oscars®. 

A short roll call of filmmakers whose earliest works found a home at St Kilda Film Festival include:

  • Adam Elliot (Harvey Crumpet)
  • Matt Saville (Noise)
  • Kriv Stenders (Red Dog)
  • Cate Shortland (Somersault)
  • Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star)
  • Richard Lowenstein (Dogs In Space)

St Kilda Film Festival provides the most comprehensive overview of the national short film industry, screening a diverse selection of short films from around the country alongside a rich program of international showcases, special screenings and events, plus Australia’s largest free Filmmaker Development Program.

The Festival also supports youth filmmakers and has incorporated the Under The Radar Short Film Competition into the Festival program.