Welcome

N'ARWEET DR 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!

RICHARD SOWADA | ST KILDA FILM FESTIVAL DIRECTOR

It’s fair to say that in just a little over a year, the entire media and arts landscape in all its forms has been utterly changed.

For the screen and arts sector, the opportunity to explore and re-frame relationships with audiences has opened the door for a whole new approach for artists. It’s in this fresh and invigorating landscape that the 2021 St Kilda Film Festival is running free and naked - and coming to you in both physical and virtual contexts. 

What’s really exciting for us – aside from seeing audiences face-to-face – is the ability to celebrate this environment through our packed program of screenings, workshops, panels, experiences and networking events online, in cinemas and in our Big Picture professional development day. We’re also over the moon to be able to present the entire online Top 100 film program with Closed Caption capability for hearing impaired audiences nationally, allowing films and filmmakers to reach an even greater audience with accessibility options on a scale not previously provided by any festival in the country.

Finally, it’s a great honour to have all participating filmmakers trust us with their works, most of which represent major milestones in the creative life and career of these screen artists. We love them all and so the connection is very personal for us, and we hope it is for you.

We can’t wait to see you at the cinema!

DANNY PEARSON MP | MINISTER FOR CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

While its focus is short films, St Kilda Film Festival has a long and storied history.

Since 1983 this festival has been celebrating Australia’s best short films, discovering countless Australian screen talents and supporting filmmakers to take their first steps, hone their craft and make connections.

This year the festival is more accessible than ever. Taking lessons from last year’s online outing, the 2021 program of screenings, workshops, talks and masterclasses will take place both in person and online, opening the St Kilda experience up to cinephiles and filmmakers from across the nation. I am particularly pleased that the free online screenings offer closed captioning and commend the festival team for their leadership in this space.

The Victorian Government is proud to support this stalwart of our screen events calendar as part of our investment in strengthening Victoria’s screen industry. We’re also proud that this year almost half of Australia’s top 100 short films hail from our creative state.

Whether you’re attending St Kilda Film Festival live or online, get ready for ten days of cinematic celebrations at Australia’s longest running short film event.

Enjoy!