City of Port Phillip


What films are eligible for the St Kilda Film Festival competition?

Only Australian entries are eligible for the St Kilda Film Festival competition. International entries will not be accepted for competition. St Kilda Film Festival is open to all film genres. If you are unsure if your film is eligible, please call Festival staff on 03 9209 6490 or email

What length of film may be submitted?

As the St Kilda Film Festival is Academy accredited, all films submitted must be no longer than 40 minutes, inclusive of credits.

Can I submit a work in progress?

Works in progress may be entered. Please indicate work in progress status clearly on the preview file/DVD and advise of expected completion date on your entry form.

What material should I submit?

  1. Entry form completed, payment completed and form submitted
  2. If you do not upload a preview copy of your film, a DVD needs to be provided (please ensure DVD is not copy-protected, as multiple copies may need to be made for judging)
  3. If you do not upload your film still, please send on CD or USB (please note that these cannot be returned). Please ensure your film still resolution is at least 300 DPI and as large as possible. Do not email your still/s – the large files block up our inbox! Materials that are emailed will not be accepted.

Optional Material:

- CV of the writer/director/producer

- Publicity material (ie reviews, press kits etc)

Where do I send my entry?

Once the online entry form and payment have been completed, if you do not provide a secure link to your film online, a DVD needs to be sent to;

St Kilda Film Festival
Private Bag No 3
PO St Kilda
VIC 3182

Or delivered by hand to:

St Kilda Film Festival
Level 1
232 Carlisle Street

Entries MUST be postmarked or received by 5pm, 31 January 2018.

What is the entry fee?

For Individuals:
$39 including GST applies to each film submitted (Early bird price of $35 applies to all applications recieved before 21 December 2017)

Schools and Institutions:
$132 including GST for a compilation of up to 10 films.

Fees are non-refundable.

What formats can be screened at the Festival?

St Kilda Film Festival will only screen productions that are uploaded as PRO RES Quicktime or provided on Digibeta and HDCAM. The Festival is unable to screen SP Betacam or DVD. Please note that the preferred method is upload.

To ensure your film is screened correctly, you must include screening gauge and ratio details as requested on the entry form.

When will selection be confirmed?

If your film is selected for the competition, you will be sent a letter of confirmation via email by Friday 6 April 2018. Hard Drives or upload must be received by Wednesday 4 April 2018.

How will my screening copy be returned?

Hard Drives will be returned to the nominated address on the entry form. USB submissions will not be sent back. Please make sure you update your address with the Festival Office if it changes.

How do I contact the Festival Office?

By phone on 03 9209 6490 or email at