St Kilda Film Festival (SKFF) in 2023 will be the biggest ever festival in 39 years.
The programme will feature more than 100 films to be shown over 18 screening sessions at venues across St Kilda, and for the first time, it'll also burst out of St Kilda and into South Melbourne. The famous opening night event will also return to the Palais.
This year's red carpet opening night gala event will feature a sensational programme of comedies, powerful dramas, animation, horror, and fantasy – all emceed by Claire Hooper. The screening will be followed by an after party expanding into Encore at St Kilda Sea Baths.
The 2023 SKFF will take audiences on a journey, through some of Port Phillip's iconic theatres, and many other creative and welcoming spaces throughout St Kilda and South Melbourne.
The Australian premiere of 'Melbourne On Dylan' delves into Bob Dylan's connection with Melbourne, exploring the deep love of music we all have and the life-changing moments that start us on the long journey of exploration and appreciation.
'MumLife' follows Sarah, first-time mother from Sydney who is struggling to connect with her newborn baby. An Australian soldier is held captive in 'Run South', during the Vietnam War. A young marine enters his world, presenting him with a harrowing choice.
When non-binary Gem attends their mate's hen's night, the girls turn from bubbly bridesmaids to raunchy demons in Alice Tovey's 'Hen'.
Documentary 'Gravel Road' follows an eventful tour through the West Australian outback, by the world's most remote rock band, Desert Stars. It's an engaging chronicle of an Indigenous rock band fusing Traditional Aboriginal Culture with Western Rock 'n' Roll. It's part of the First Nations programme.
All the familiar showcases and programmes are back in 2023 – the Australian Comedy Showcase, a fun glimpse of weird, Aussie humour; Pride Without Prejudice hosted by Victorian Pride Centre; Australian Documentary Showcase highlighting short documentaries and weird, wonderful journeys; Brave New Worlds featuring striking imagery and bold brush strokes; Shifting The Gaze, a collaboration with Women In Film & TV; Under The Radar, a competition showcasing the ten best short films from young filmmakers across Australia; Made In Victoria packed with animations, twisted comedy, visualisation, drama, and more.
“We can’t wait to welcome back full capacity audiences for our biggest ever year,” SKFF Director Richard Sowada says. “Audiences can look forward to an expanded programme across St Kilda and beyond bringing short films to where people live.”
St Kilda Film Festival is on from 1-12 June.