The St Kilda Film Festival is running a competition for regional Victorians

The St Kilda Film Festival is running a competition for regional Victorians

Have you been hiding away your film making skills, waiting for the chance to show them to the world?

Now could be your chance, as St Kilda Film Festival are running a digital film competition aimed at encouraging filmmakers in regional Victoria to create short films about their experiences.

The short film competition, titled Your Place, will form part of the 37th St Kilda Film Festival, which was announced last week would take place online this year. For the first time, audiences throughout Australia will be able to enjoy the festival’s packed program, including Australia’s Top 100 Short Films, for free when it screens online from Friday 12 June to Saturday 20 June.

This, unfortunately, 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 while they’re staying safe at home, the competition is looking for inspiring and creative submissions documenting entrant’s own unique experience of ‘Your Place’ in the form of documentaries, fiction, animation, music videos, or even experimental films.

“The St Kilda Film Festival won’t be able to visit regional locations in person this year – but we still wanted to maintain that connection,” says City of Port Phillip Mayor, Bernadene Voss. “Through Your Place, we hope rural filmmakers will share their unique stories and creative insight into life outside the city.”

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 $5,000, with first place taking home $3,500 cash and a DaVinci Resolve Studio from Blackmagic Design valued at $595.

Entries are due before 29 May and competition entry is free. Shortlisted films will be announced on Friday 5 June and will also be seen by nationwide audiences as part of the St Kilda Film Festival program. Winners will be announced on Festival closing night.

If you’re not sure where to start, the St Kilda Film Festival will also run free filmmaking webinars in the lead up to the festival specifically created for regional audiences. Festival alumni and experienced filmmakers, including Grant Scicluna and Kelly Lefever, will provide support, direction and guidance regarding ways to tell your story.

You can submit your entry here.

For more details and full terms and conditions, here to the festival website.