Stellar Short Film Festival: A night of stars, films, and magic under the Australian sky

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Stellar Short Film Festival: A night of stars, films, and magic under the Australian sky

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Whether you’re a lover of all things art and film, or you simply want a unique night out with friends, the Stellar Short Film Festival needs to be on your radar this year. 

Now in its fifth anniversary, the Stellar Short Film Festival is set to illuminate the night sky once again at the breathtaking McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery in Langwarrin on Saturday, March 2nd, 2024. 

This annual celebration of the best in Australian short films, promises an enchanting evening filled with cinematic wonders, artistic marvels, and unforgettable stories that will leave attendees spellbound.

Stellar Short Film Festival

  • Saturday, March 2nd, 2024
  • Gates open at 5:00 PM
  • McClelland Sculpture Park and Gallery – 390 McClelland Drive, Langwarrin. 

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For lovers of film, art, and storytelling, the Stellar Short Film Festival is the ultimate event. Against the backdrop of sculptures of national and international significance, nestled among native bushland, guests are treated to a unique blend of entertainment, culture, and gastronomy. It’s an evening where creativity knows no bounds and where the magic of cinema comes alive under the stars.

The festival boasts a carefully curated selection of twelve Australian short films, each a masterpiece in its own right. From heartwarming dramas to side-splitting comedies, these films promise to take audiences on an emotional rollercoaster, leaving them pondering, laughing, and discussing long after the credits roll. 

Judged live by esteemed industry experts alongside longtime supporters and ambassadors, including the likes of John Sheedy, Lucy Gaffy, Stef Smith, Jackson Tozer, and Asher Yasbincek, the lineup guarantees a showcase of the finest cinematic talent Australia has to offer.

Standout selections like “HAFEKASI” by Annelise Hickey, “EDEN ALONE SURPASSES THEE” by Tom Chapman, and “COLD WATER” by Jay & Shaun Perry promise to captivate audiences with their compelling narratives and stunning cinematography. These curated gems offer glimpses into the complexities of identity, resilience in the face of adversity, and the joys of embracing change. 

Guests have the option to experience the festival as general admission attendees or indulge in the full VIP treatment. General admission tickets offer the chance to wander through the sculpture park, indulge in delectable offerings from food trucks and beverage stalls, and groove to the beats of DJ Blind Benny before the film program commences. With giveaways and surprises in store, it’s a night of laid-back luxury and cultural immersion.

For those seeking an elevated experience, VIP tickets grant access to the exclusive red carpet affair held in the McClelland Pavilion. Rub shoulders with Australia’s most talented filmmakers and actors while enjoying an all-inclusive experience that epitomizes glamour and sophistication.

Beyond the films themselves, the Stellar Short Film Festival is an integral part of Frankston’s burgeoning arts and culture scene, contributing to the city’s vibrant tapestry of events. As the festival unfolds, attendees can look forward to upcoming cultural highlights, including the Big Picture Fest, Kubik, and the South Side Festival, further enriching the cultural landscape of the region.

As for the host venue for the Stellar Short Film Festival, the McClelland Sculpture Park + Gallery – a true gem of Australian art and culture – adds an extra layer of enchantment to an already magical evening. Home to an impressive collection of over 100 outdoor sculptures and 2,700 artworks across a 16-hectare setting, McClelland stands as Australia’s first family-founded, public gallery dedicated to art and sculpture. Among its celebrated pieces are crowd favourites like Frankie the Giant Gnome and the mesmerising Tree of Life, each contributing to the park’s unique ambiance of creativity and wonder.

As you attend the Stellar Short Film Festival at McClelland, take a moment to bask in the beauty of this extraordinary venue—a place where art, nature, and imagination converge to create an experience like no other.

So mark your calendars and prepare for a night of cinematic splendor at the Stellar Short Film Festival. With its enchanting blend of film, art, and entertainment, this boutique event promises an experience like no other. 

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This article was made in partnership with Frankston City Council.