Closing Night

Closing Night Awards

Saturday 27 May

Closing Night is an invitation-only event.
The 34th St Kilda Film Festival draws to a close with the Closing Night Awards Ceremony. Filmmakers in the Top 100 Competition will contend for a prize pool valued at over $50,000 in cash and in-kind services. Judged by industry professionals, the awards cover a wide range of filmmaking crafts, with the Best Short Film taking home a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the City of Port Phillip.


Vote for your favourite film at the Festival for their chance to win the Audience Choice Award!



Best Short Film

$10,000 cash prize




Craft Award

$2,000 cash prize





Best Director 

$2,000 cash prize from AFTRS plus an Australian Directors Guild member pack


Best Achievement in Cinematography

Blackmagic URSA EF model
Valued at $7,752 plus an ACS member pack


Best Achievement in Screenplay

$1,000 cash prize courtesy of Cinema
Nova and a one year Associate Membership to the Australian Writers Guild




Best Achievement in Sound Post Production

$2,500 in-kind services from Music & Effects, plus a one year Australian Screen Sound Guild Associate Membership




Best Original Score

$2,000 cash prize


Audience Choice Award

Two day studio hire including
use of newly built cyclorama






Best Achievement in
Indigenous Filmmaking

$1,000 cash prize







Best Documentary

AIDC session pass plus one
Creative Cloud 12 month



Best Achievement in Editing

$2,500 in-kind services from Roar, plus an Australian Screen Editors Guild Membership





Best Achievement in Visual Effects

$1,800 in-kind services







Under The Radar Best Youth Film

$1,000 cash prize and a Short Course, Media and Communications Voucher



Best Comedy

$2,000 rental equipment hire





Best Actor

$1,000 cash prize 




Best Young Actor

$500 cash prize with ongoing 
agency representation




Staff Choice Award

$500 cash prize, plus a
film buff’s feast pass
for the 2018 Festival