PARBIN-ATA CAROLYN BRIGGS AM | FOUNDER & CHAIR, BOON WURRUNG FOUNDATION
Womin Djeka Mar-ran biik biik. Boonwurrung Nairm derp bordrupen uther weelam.
Welcome to my country, the land of the great bay of the Boon Wurrung people, our beautiful home.
On behalf of the Boon Wurrung, a clan of the greater Kulin nations, I welcome you to our land. Euro Yuroke – more commonly known as St Kilda – and its surrounds are special places, which continue to carry forward the spirit of our tradition. This land will always be protected by the creator, Bundjil, who travels as an eagle, and by Waang, who protects the waterways and travels as a crow.
As the spirit of my ancestors lives, let the wisdom and the spirit of generosity which Bundjil taught us influence the opportunities that may arise at this meeting.
Womin Djeka Mar-ran biik biik. Boonwurrung Nairm derp bordrupen uther weelam. Welcome!
MESSAGE FROM THE MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES
For 37 years St Kilda Film Festival has brought us together to experience the best Australian short films in the heart of one of Melbourne’s most vibrant suburbs.
While this year has brought unprecedented challenges, the festival team has triumphed with a virtual program celebrating Australia’s best short filmmakers. For the first time, this will give people across the country the chance to tune in to the festival action.
The festival program brings us 100 new stories and new perspectives to ignite our imaginations, introduce us to enthralling characters and take us to far-away places – all without leaving home.
There has never been a more important time to support local creativity and storytelling, and the Victorian Government is as proud as ever to support this festival and our local screen talent.
I look forward to joining you online at what is sure to be a St Kilda Film Festival we’ll all remember.
Minister for Creative Industries
THE CITY OF PORT PHILLIP WELCOMES YOU TO THE 37TH ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL
We are proud to again present Australia’s largest - and oldest - short film festival.
Renowned as a showcase for Australia’s most exciting emerging cinema, our Festival also supports film-makers through awards and recognition, special screenings and a development program.
As social distancing restrictions mean we can’t bring everyone together this year, we’ll be celebrating on many screens during our “virtual” festival. The show will go on as it’s a priority for us to continue to support all creative industries, including film.
We can’t wait to see what new ideas and opportunities come from this year’s online format.
We’re also excited to welcome Richard Sowada as Festival Director, following Paul Harris’ departure last year after a wonderful 21 years at the helm.
Richard has brought some exciting new ideas and programs with him and we are looking forward to you enjoying them.
WELCOME FROM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, RICHARD SOWADA
It’s my first year as Festival Director and gee, I’m chuffed!
It’s a great honour to be part of the life of the festival, the team, the City of Port Phillip and the cultural and creative life of the entire community. Above all though, it’s both humbling and an honour to be part of the life of these films – selected or otherwise – which in many instances may represent life-changing moments for their creators, participants or both.
These are authentic moments. It’s this authenticity that our selection panels, jury and myself have looked for and which we hope shine through in this rich program of stellar new Australian short films. In parallel, we’ve also bound these contemporary works to authentic voices in the continuum of Australian cinema through our special programs and retrospectives that embrace youth and counter culture, politics and social justice, solidarity and community.
These themes are embraced throughout the festival in the experience we’re delivering to audiences around the county thanks to our new online presence – which we’re all very excited about.
From all of us involved in bringing this unique experience to nationwide audiences, we hope you enjoy our work and that of all the passionate and creative people who are giving you a little piece of themselves.