About Setting Sun Short Film Festival

The Setting Sun Short Film Festival is the largest and premier short film festival in  the west. It is a filmmakers’ film festival and competition that provides Maribyrnong and the western suburbs with its own prestigious short film festival. In 2018, we are introducing a feature length film section. The festival screens over five days at the prestigious Sun Theatre in Yarraville and includes a diverse range of programs and awards. It started off four years ago as a community festival, ‘the only film festival in the west about the west’ as we used to say in the beginning, promoting the large film making community living in Melbourne’s western suburbs, but it has grown significantly to become one of Melbourne’s biggest short film festivals attracting not only Melbourne’s top short film filmmakers but filmmakers from Australia and around the world, some of whom have flown in to pick up their awards. The festival is generously supported by a wide range of organisations and prominent members of the film community including the Maribyrnong City Council, Victoria University, Kindred Studios, Sun Theatre film producer Sue Maslin, actor Shane Jacobson and more.

 Apart from the female only and secondary school kids’ program, our categories are open to everyone. The Setting Sun Award categories are:

  • 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 Director
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Acting Performance Overall
  • Best Short Film Secondary  
  • Best Short Film by a Tertiary Student

The best films submitted will form the basis of the festival. They will screen at The Sun Theatre over a period of five days, 26-30 April 2018.  The festival has been created by Anna Bourozikas from Poppy Kat Media. 


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