Film festival on the road again

June 21, 2017

Feature films: Josh Lawson stars in the short film The Eleven O'Clock, which will screen in Yarroweyah next month as part of the St Kilda Film Festival.

Australia’s oldest publicly-owned film festival, St Kilda Film Festival, will return to Yarroweyah next month.

A selection of the best films screened at the 2017 event, which concluded in May, will be showcased during an eight-week tour of Victoria.

The tour includes an extra eight locations this year and will run from Friday, June 30 to Friday, August 25.

The film festival will return to the Yarroweyah Memorial Hall on Saturday, July 29.

It will also screen at the Numurkah Town Hall on Friday, July 28.

Two programs will screen at each destination — the Award Winners program, showcasing films voted the best in their category at St Kilda Film Festival’s closing night ceremony, and the Director’s Choice program, films handpicked by festival director Paul Harris.

St Kilda Film Festival is an Academy Awards qualifying event, with the winners of this year’s Best Short Film and Best Documentary now eligible for consideration in the Oscars Short Film and Oscars Documentary Shorts Award categories.

Produced and presented by Port Phillip Council, Mayor Bernadene Voss was excited about the films reaching an even larger audience through the expansion of the tour to include more metropolitan and regional destinations.

‘‘We’re incredibly pleased to be able to take some of this year’s best short films on the road for the wider Victorian community to see,’’ Cr Voss said.

‘‘The films in this year’s festival represent the best of the Australian film industry and we’re proud to be able to screen them across the state.’’

Following the success of this year’s festival, and the calibre of submissions, Mr Harris said he was looking forward to short films made by some of Australia’s most talented and versatile filmmakers being made available to the wider public.

‘‘The attendance at this year’s St Kilda Film Festival shows that the diversity of both the programs and the films within them was a hit with the public,’’ he said.

‘‘The calibre of films showcased continues to grow each year and we hope that the Victorian community will come along and enjoy the experience.’’

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