The eighth annual Setting Sun Film Festival

The eighth annual Setting Sun Film Festival


Setting Sun Film Festival 2020 – 2021

The Eighth Annual Setting Sun Film Festival is now accepting entries for 2021. Details here.


We are working torwards presenting all of our physcial sessions at The Sun Theatre after Covid-19 restrictions ease in Melbourne on November 23rd. We are hoping to program our sessions for January 2021. We will keep you updated. Our 2021 festival is scheduled to go ahead in May 2021. Entries for 2021 will open soon.

Around 5000 people tuned into the small, online version of our festival. Thank you everyone and thank you filmmakers. 

Congratulations to Valentina Bertuzzi, director of Delitto Naturale, People’s Choice Winner in the Online Festival, who received  1,316 out of the 3101 people who voted. There were so many great little films. 

We look forward to presenting the full event later this year. 


Hi everyone,

welcome to the Seventh Annual Setting Sun Film Festival online edition. This year, like many other festivals and events around the world affected by Covid-19, we’ve had to postpone our event for when it is safe.

Just like you, I’ve been quarantined at home for many weeks. This is a challenging time for everyone around the world. At the same time, with all of us at home, working, home schooling, chatting on social media, Face-timing with family and friends, tuning into online concerts and events, the world has never seemed smaller or more connected.

At difficult times like these, we turn to each other for solace. We also turn to art, whether it is a movie, reading a book or listening to music. We hope you find our online festival entertaining. I’ve selected a great range of award-winning films from our full 2020 program, in a variety of genres, that I feel best represent the festival and its ideals – compelling stories, onscreen cultural diversity, and support for youth and female filmmakers. We will be screening films from around the world and from some of the best filmmakers from Melbourne’s strong, inner west filmmaking community.

Film festivals not only contribute to the wellbeing of a community, they are also a valuable stepping- stone in the career development of filmmakers. They learn their craft with short films, whose natural audience is the film festival circuit. While we all watch content on our devices, nothing beats seeing a film on the big screen, with some popcorn. We look forward to presenting our full program of films on the big screen later in the year.

For now, we will be presenting one program every evening. At the conclusion of the festival, we will be running a poll where you can vote for the Best Film from the Online Festival.

I’d like to thank festival partner Victoria University, and major sponsors the City of Maribyrnong, Kindred Studios, the Sun Theatre, Film Art Media and the contributing filmmakers for their support of our online festival.

Anna Bourozikas Founder and Festival Director


The Setting Sun Film Festival is the largest and premier film festival in Melbourne’s West, attracting talented, quality filmmakers from Australia and beyond. We’re proud of our record of showing  award winning filmmakers in sold out sessions. We’re looking for shorts up to 20 minutes long and features at least 60 minutes long.  Films need to have been made between 1st December 2017 – 31st January 2020.

In 2019, we screened 104 films, in ten programs over five days. We showcased a great range of films in a wide range of genres that included special screenings including the premiere of a Victorian made feature film, a female filmmakers’ program and a secondary school student program. Our awards and programs ensure our culturally diverse festival accurately reflects the reality of Australia’s multicultural society with just under 50 per cent of all 2019 films highlighting or exploring culturally diverse themes, languages, people and issues.

Our 2020 festival promises to be even bigger. We’re looking for great films to showcase over seven days. Filmmakers have the chance to win some great prizes including $1000 for Best Film and the chance to see their film screen in the glorious art deco Sun Theatre Yarraville or Kindred Studios.

Enter your Australian made independent feature film, for the chance to see it premiered at the Sun Theatre, followed by a filmmaker Q and A. We’ll host the night. 

We’re thrilled to be offering the super popular Film Art Media Award For Best Film By A Female Director, sponsored by prestigious film producer, Sue Maslin, for the fifth year. She donates $1000 to the winner she selects. Entry into the female filmmakers’ Rouge program, from where the winner is selected, is competitive.  This important program  and award has seen female filmmaker participation rates in the festival grow from nine per cent to 35 per cent. Entries come from around the world. We received 53 films by female filmmakers in 2019 and in 2018 female filmmakers won nine films out of the 13 Open Categories.

Our free youth program, The Rising Sun is open to secondary schools and students. 

 All Award categories here.  



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