Have you been hiding away your film making skills, waiting for the chance to show them to the world? Now could be your chance.
Returning for its second year, the St Kilda Film Festival is running a digital film competition aimed at encouraging filmmakers in regional and rural Victoria to create short films about their experiences.
The key takeaways
- St Kilda Film Festival is running a filmmaker competition for regional Victorians
- Regional filmmakers of all ages are encouraged to create, share and tell their own stories
- The competition is free with entries due 1 May 2021
The short film competition, titled Your Place, was introduced as part of the 37th St Kilda Film Festival last year, which took place online for the first time ever. While the online program meant film buffs Australia-wide could view the program, it also meant that the festival’s plans to take some of the award-winning short films to over 20 regional locations in Victoria also had to be cancelled, with Your Place being created to fill the void in passionate, regional filmmakers hearts.
Calling for regional Victorians (of any age) to get creative, the competition is once again looking for inspiring and creative submissions documenting the entrant’s own unique experience of ‘Your Place’ in the form of documentaries, fiction, animation, music videos, or even experimental films, with the aim to capture and share diverse Victorian perspectives.
Whether you’re a film guru with access to high-quality camera equipment, or you’re just a passionate filmmaker with a TikTok account, this is an opportunity to showcase your talent on the big screen, alongside the chance to share in a prize pool worth over $2,500.
Best of all, entry is completely free. You just need to ensure work is produced uniquely for the Your Place Competition, is under three minutes long, and abides by the competition Terms & Conditions. Entries are due 1 May 2021 with shortlisted films announced on 14 May.
Your Place makes up just one aspect of the esteemed St Kilda Film Festival, which is happening from May 20-29. Having successfully navigated last year’s restrictions to bring an exciting online event that was awarded an award for Digital Resiliency, this year’s St Kilda Film Festival will comprise both physical and virtual events.
This year’s event will feature Australia’s Top Short Film Competition, showcasing 100 of the best new Australian short films screening in cinema and online; the annual Under the Radar short film competition and VCE student film showcase; a program of new animated shorts from across the world with International Family Animation Explosion; and A Tribute to Bob Maza retrospective featuring a special “in conversation” with Rachael and Lisa Maza charting the life and work of this extraordinary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander performer and activist.
Expanding beyond the screen, SKFF 2021 will come to life across the St Kilda precinct with a number of moving image installations, including a special commission created by Melbourne artists.
For more information or to enter the Your Place competition, visit the St Kilda Film Festival website.