2019 Submissions

Submissions into the 2019 Festival will open November 2018.


The Festival has screened films that went on to be Oscar winners and nominees, and Palme D’or winners at Cannes. A short roll call of filmmakers whose earliest works found a home at St Kilda includes Adam Elliot (Harvey Crumpet), Matt Saville (Noise), Kriv Stenders (Red Dog), Cate Shortland (Somersault), Jane Campion (The Piano, Bright Star) and Richard Lowenstein (Dogs In Space).

Australia’s Top 100 prize pool totals over $50,000 in cash and in-kind prizes, including a $10,000 prize for Best Short Film. Other awards include Best Director, Best Achievement in Screenplay, Best Documentary, Best Animation, Best Achievement in Cinematography, Best Achievement in Indigenous Film Making, Best Comedy and Best Achievement in Sound Post.


Australia’s largest dedicated music video competition, SoundKILDA, celebrates and screens music videos the way they should be – loud and large on the big screen.

SoundKILDA was one of Australia’s first dedicated music video competitions and has grown into something of a cult event. Showcasing the creativity and skill behind the music video format, the event gives the audience a chance to explore the genre of the music video as a form of creativity as opposed to a marketing tool, and for the filmmakers to have their work recognised as such.

This program of the St Kilda Film Festival is growing fast and an increased number of entries have meant high-calibre clips, bigger audiences and increased competition. The bar has been raised with all the major labels now submitting works from Australia’s premier recording artists, but we’ve seen more than one indie talent take out the top SoundKILDA prize.

SoundKILDA Music Video Competition prizes are awarded in various categories including Best Music Video, Best Cinematography, Best Editing and Craft Awards. There is also a special audience award voted for and presented on the night of the screening.


Under the Radar is a competition dedicated to young filmmakers, showcasing their work in an internationally recognised film festival. The program encourages young filmmakers to pursue their craft and supports the future stars of cinema – both in front of and behind the camera. Although the St Kilda Film Festival is an open entry competition, it is often difficult for young people to compete against more experienced filmmakers of an older age. This category is solely dedicated to the outstanding work that is being produced by young filmmakers under 21 in Australia.

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