Sponsorship and Advertising

The Setting Sun Film Festival celebrates the best filmmakers from around Victoria and indeed the world. In four short years, we’ve grown from being a community festival to becoming the largest premier film festival in the west.  Our sessions sellout. 

We’re growing every year. In 2018 we will screen our first feature film and go from a four day festival to a five day festival.We deliver a broad range of programs that cater to a wide section of people. We attract the best filmmakers from around Victoria, and internationally. We’ve done this  by working hard and delivering clever marketing. We want to give your brand the deluxe treatment through our special and diverse package of benefits that includes a trailer, a billboard and more. Let us help you get closer to the west’s urban, sophisticated community. We screen at the number one cinema in the west, the Sun Theatre Yarraville.

The SSFF website and festival was launched in October 2013. Since then it has nearly 300, 000 views. If you’d like to become a Setting Sun Short Film Festival sponsor, please fill out this  form  and we will contact you. This festival has been assisted by Maribyrnong City Council.

Our partners and sponsors have helped us build this great festival, which would not be possible without them.      


This festival is proudly produced and created by Poppy Kat Media.

poppy-kat-media logoThe producer and creator of this festival. PKM produces the  events, website content, posters, coordinates the judging, programming, administration, marketing, publicity. It produces and directs the trailers and art directs the posters and all graphics with Creative Partner Amalthea Motions. 


Principal Partner



We’re excited to welcome Victoria University as our Principle Partner. They’ve supported us from the beginning. Their students have made our trophies and crewed our events. They are one of Australia’s few dual-sector universities with more than 46,000 enrolled students across all their campuses. VU is ranked in the world’s top 2% and firmly positioned in the QS World University Rankings 2016/2017.  As one of 39 public universities in Australia, graduates can be assured their qualification from VU is being awarded from a university operating in a world-class education system.  This year, VU will judge the Secondary school section and give the top ten kid filmmakers a specialist filmic masterclasses with special guest lecturers.

Major Sponsor

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We are proud to be part of the City of Maribyrnong’s festival calendar. They have been with us since the beginning. Maribyrnong boasts one of the most ethnically diverse areas in Melbourne. It has a vibrant, artistic and cultural community. There’s always something going on. They are committed supporters to the arts. The support from their Festival City department has always been fantastic.

Creative Partner

amalthea-motions-logoThe SSSFF is one of the best looking festivals in the west. We’re proud of our posters, trailers  and graphics. We get lots of great feedback, We work closely with Amalthea Motions to get the great results that we do. 

Venue Partners

sun-theatre-logoThe Sun Theatre, a beloved and beautiful Art Deco theatre is the most prestigious in the west. A wonderful community contributor, we’re proud to have them as our leading venue partner. They have been supportive and committed sponsors from the beginning. The Sun originally opened in 1938 and was a single screen 1050 seat cinema – the most luxurious in the area. Today it has 8 boutique cinemas, ranging in size from 200 seats down to 23 couches and variations in between! The cinemas have club style seats where you can sit comfortably and enjoy a glass of wine, popcorn or other treat. The Sun will again contribute some great prizes including tickets and free theatre hire.


Kindred Studios logoKindred Studios are providing the festival with an office again for the 2017 festival. Established in 2005, Kindred Studios is a purpose built space for creative professionals & projects. From rehearsal studios to coworking offices, our studios in Yarraville provide you with the perfect space to rehearse, perform and work while realising your next project.


Media Partners


We love catching up with all the news from the west by reading The Westsider. It is a  community newspaper for the western suburbs of Melbourne. It is powered by citizen journalists and publishes articles written by people who live and work in Altona, Footscray, Yarraville, Seddon,Kingsville,  Sunshine, Williamstown, Newport, Spotswood, Point Cook, Melton, Werribee and nearby suburbs.      

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Welcome back 3CR. Their broadcasters present over 120 radio programs every week and listeners can tune in on 855AM,  stream live through the web  or download podcasts  of their shows. This year, they will once again provide  interviews for winners. The radio station was established in 1976 to provide a voice for those denied access to the mass media, particularly the working  class, women, Indigenous people and the many community groups and community issues discriminated against in and by the mass media.    



At Creativa we are passionate about filming, writing, animation and video production.  We love our clients and their projects. We have a fresh and unique approach with a clear ‘business creativa_logoobjective’ focus for all our video creation, production and strategy. With access to our own in-house resources, crew, studio and equipment, as well as our high standard of expertise and years of experience in video production, marketing, and business, we produce extraordinary creative results quickly and cost effectively. We are specialised in Video Production, 3D and 2D animation, Script writing, Story boarding, Animated Video Production, Online Video Marketing, Corporate and branding Video Production, Promotional Videos, training and induction videos


Open Channel connects emerging and early career filmmakers to professional practice through events, professional development, and networking.    openchannel-logo
They are a not-for-profit, membership based organisation located at Docklands Studios Melbourne.  Open Channel have been with us since the beginning and will continue to support our filmmakers with a series of prizes. 


The BacklotThe Backlot Studios is Australia’s first private cinema & events facility. Armed with a stunning 8 metre silver screen, 7.1 surround sound, presentation lectern, microphones, spotlights, private bar and 78 luxury seats – everyone at ‘The Backlot’ is a VIP! We’ve been lucky to have them since the beginning. This year they are once again contributing a great prize of free venue hire including staff and films.


Jas StephensJas Stephens is the number one, multi-award winning real estate agency in Melbourne’s Inner West. Their story has been built over 90 years and four generations. It’s this mix of maturity and experience, together with a contemporary outlook, that is reflected in their success to date and will continue to shape our future. JAS Stephens provide us with billboards.


mm-20-years-rgbMadman is a leading independent film and television distribution and rights management company, with offices in Australia and New Zealand. Madman is renowned for its commitment to quality Australian and foreign film, factual content, as well as highly collectable categories such as Japanese anime, genre film, animation and cult television. Madman’s capabilities encompass end to end acquisition, marketing, creative, sales and distribution in all mediums and formats, from the silver screen to the digital realm.  Madman is also a proud producer of Australian film and television content. Put simply, Madman is mad for entertainment. Once again, they are donating DVDs as a prize as they have every year they’ve been with us.


Baby Guerrillababy guerrilla the west’s leading street artist, the mysterious Baby Guerrilla will continue her long relationship with us and again award a winner some prizes. We love her work. Her paste ups can be seen everywhere including the on the buildings of Victoria University.



hopscotch filmseOne films will continue their role as a sponsor. Firmly established as one of Australia and New Zealand’s most prolific distributors, Entertainment One Films is committed to delivering content that challenges, entertains and inspires. Driven by an independent spirit, eOne brings an expertise in theatrical film and home entertainment releases.


Film InkFilmInk is Australia’s leading and most trusted source when it comes to all things movies and the screen industry, with a foundation and special focus on the Australian film industry. If it’s in production, we know about it. If they’re starring in it, we’re talking to them. If they’re filming it, we have the lowdown on what went down on set. If it’s coming to a screen near you, we’ve seen it.

www.FacesByRaphael.com is a Melbourne – based portrait and glamour photographer specialising in Actor’s Headshots. Headshot photoshoots are done at a location of your choice, whether indoors or outdoors. Faces By Raphael retouches headshots professionally not just to make you look good, but still truthfully represent you and make it easy for any casting director to visualise you in the role they are casting for. Raphael will coach you to help you get that killer headshot to nail your next audition!


LeadwestLeadWest is the regional organisation for Melbourne’s west. They are focused on advocacy for the region. They are a nonpartisan and not-for-profit, membership-based organisation. Their objective is to foster and undertake actions that will support sustainable growth and development of the region. To this end, LeadWest aims to build on the existing social, economic and environmental capacity of the region and to plan and create a sustainable future for the well being of the communities of the region.


hellenicrepubliclogoThe Hellenic Republic  chain of  Greek restaurants are beloved by Melbournians. Renowned chefs George Calombaris and Travis McAuley opened the doors in 2008 to their first Hellenic Republic in Brunswick, and they  have been serving traditional Greek food in a taverna setting ever since.  As well as Brunswick, the Hellenic Republic has restaurants in Kew and Williamstown. They keep the food simple with fresh, flavoursome ingredients. Calombaris’ many restaurants ( The Press Club, Mastic, Gazi and Jimmy Grants), are well known and well regarded by customers and food critics. 


The Plough Hotel plough hotelin Footscray was established in 1868 and focuses on pub favourites, share plates and pizzas. A large emphasis has also been placed on designing the drinks menu to showcase Victoria’s regional wine and craft beer markets. The hotel’s philosophy is to support smaller producers who have embraced a passion for the particular product that they make and those that feel similarly excited about what our vast state has to offer.The Plough Hotel continues to offer boutique accommodation upstairs, with 11 rooms available seven days a week, 365 days a year. We welcome them back for a second year.