Setting Sun Film Festival

Setting Sun Film Festival

Setting Sun Film Festival


Setting Sun Film Festival 2020

The Seventh Annual Setting Sun Film Festival

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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