In a quick pivot due to COVID-19, the 2020 St Kilda Film Festival headed online taking Australia's Top 100 Short Films and much more to audiences around Australia.
More than 47,000 viewed the nine-day festival, more than tripling the audience of the popular 2019 festival.
This year’s winners were announced on the final day of the festival, and include:
The Egg, written, directed and produced by Jane Cho, awarded the 2020 Best Short Film. Jane receives a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the City of Port Phillip. Jane was also named Best Director, Piers Burbrook de Vere received the nod for Best Original Score and Kim Thien Doan picked up the Best Young Actor award for the film as well.
The prize for Best Documentary was awarded to I want to make a film about women, written, directed and produced by Karen Pearlman with producer Richard James Allen.
The award for Best Achievement in Indigenous Filmmaking went to John Harvey and Lydia Fairhall for the film, Out of Range staring Aaron Pedersen.
And Rebooted, a comedy stop motion about an animated skeleton directed by Michael Shanks and produced by Nicholas Colla and Chris Hocking, took out the Best Animation, Best Achievement in Editing and the Film Victoria Craft award.
The Audience Choice Award, announced on Monday 22 June, went to Audio Guide.
You can see the full list of 2020 nominees and award-winners here.
Award winners of this year’s St Kilda Film Festival shared over $50,000 in cash and in-kind.
Celebrating 37th St Kilda Film Festival, Richard Sowada, Festival Director said the passion for short films has been supported by the incredible online viewing numbers this year:
“The response from audiences all around the country has been nothing short of inspiring for us all. The obvious interest in Australian cinema from short-form up is a potent sign of how close people hold Aussie films to their heart.”
The 9-day program featured Australia’s Top Short Film Competition, 22 specially curated programs of Australian short films, the Under the Radar Youth Short Film Competition, the Your Place regional short film competition and 19 filmmaker and industry development online talks.
City of Port Phillip Mayor Bernadene Voss said the 2020 St Kilda Film Festival was a huge success:
“This year’s selection is of an outstanding standard. With so many great shorts about different human experiences, we’ve been gifted with valuable insight into a diverse, future-ready generation of filmmakers.” Cr Voss said.
The St Kilda Film Festival is proudly produced and presented by the City of Port Phillip and supported by Government Partners Screen Australia and Film Victoria.
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