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 Film Festival 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).

Celebrating Australian short film, the annual Festival culminates in an Awards Ceremony rewarding outstanding achievements by Short Filmmakers. Winners of the Best Short Film and Best Documentary prizes are eligible to be nominated for the Academy Awards.


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.