Australia’s longest-standing and publicly owned short film festival, the St Kilda Film Festival, has announced this year’s award nominees who are in the running for more than $50,000 worth of cash and prizes across 18 categories.
As an Academy Awards qualifying event, the winners of this year’s Best Short Film and Best Documentary are eligible for consideration in the Oscars Short Film and Oscars Documentary Shorts Award categories.
The 2016 St Kilda Film Festival’s most prestigious title of Best Short Film will see one of four nominees take home a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the City of Port Phillip. This year’s nominees for Best Short Film are Red Rover, Death in Bloom, Slingshot and The Orchestra.
Nominees for Best Documentary are: You Better Take Cover; Worry Me In The Daytime; Strudel Sisters; and Éva. Competition will also be fierce in the Best Director category, with some of Australia’s most promising directors listed as nominees including: Brooke Goldfinch – Red Rover; Nathan Keene – Little Boy Blue; Dael Oates – Death in Bloom; and Jacobie Gray – The Aquarium.
City of Port Phillip Mayor, Cr Bernadene Voss says the Council is excited by the diversity of the films, genres and submission locations of the 2016 program. “We had a great selection of films from across the country in this year’s Festival program,” said Cr Voss.
“The City of Port Phillip is proud to showcase the innovative and exciting work of Australia’s best filmmakers across different disciplines and looks forward to unveiling the 2016 St Kilda Film Festival winners at the Closing Night Awards later in the week.”
The St Kilda Film Festival’s Top 100 films are judged by a panel of industry professionals, with the 2016 judging panel made up of Paul Goldman, Annie Maver and Victoria Thaine. To see the list of Nominees, click here.
The 2016 winners will be announced at the St Kilda Film Festival’s Closing Night Awards on Saturday 28 May at the St Kilda Town Hall. For more information, visit: www.stkildafilmfestival.com.au for details.
Image: St Kilda Town Hall at night – courtesy of St Kilda Film Festival