The Setting Sun Film Festival celebrates the best filmmakers from around Victoria and the world. It began as a community festival in 2013, (when it was founded), to provide the West with it’s own film festival – films about the West for the West. In seven years, it has grown from being a community festival to the largest and premier film festival in Melbourne’s West, to one of the biggest in Melbourne. Our 2019 festival screened over 100 films. We screened films from China, America, Canada, South Africa, New Zealand, UK, Cuba and South Korea.
In 2020 we will deliver a seven-day festival that will include an independently made Australian feature film, a female filmmakers’ program sponsored by esteemed producer Sue Maslin, a youth program sponsored by Victoria University, a broad range of short films in all genres, a forum and masterclasses.
We embrace cultural diversity, being one of the first festivals to introduce awards and programs reflecting the reality of our culturally diverse society. Over the years, filmmakers have entered films into these award categories exploring and highlighting themes of disability, gender identity, sexuality, religion, culture, indigenous and age, in narrative and documentary films. This section has grown considerably over the years. Of the 104 films we screened in 2019, 43 explored culturally diverse themes. This year’s 11 opening night films, included four subtitled films, six directed by women and six were by CALD people.
We screen at the prestigious art deco Sun Theatre Yarraville and Kindred Studios with loads of cash and prizes to give away.
Our categories are open to everyone.
- Best Short Film Overall
- Best Film Feature Length (narrative or documentary)
- Best Short Film West
- Best Short Film Cultural Diversity
- People’s Choice
- The Rouge Program (female only)
- Best Documentary
- Best Comedy
- Best Animation
- Best International
- Best Episode from a Web Series
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Acting Performance Overall
- Best Emerging Filmmaker (Under 25 or Tertiary student)
- Best Indigenous Achievement in Filmmaking
- Best Short Film Secondary
The festival was founded and created by Anna Bourozikas from Poppy Kat Media.