Opening its doors for the first time since ongoing refurbishment, the iconic Palais Theatre last night played host to the 35th annual St Kilda Film Festival. With thousands in attendance, the evening was a celebration of Australia’s longest running film festival and the incredible short films on show.

With Sigrid Thornton hosting, the event kicked off with a special tribute to Australian television great, Graham Kennedy. Guests were offered a glimpse into Graham Kennedy: The King Of TV, which will be playing on Sunday 21st May.

Those in attendance were treated to eight carefully curated short films including Banana Boy, an emotional film about a young refugee boy headed for the Big Banana; Sociopaths, a Japanese film touching on the idea of everyday interactions and The Eleven O’Clock, starring Josh Lawson and Damon Herriman.

Closing night of the festival will be held on Saturday 27th May, where the Top 100 Competition will contend for prizes valued at over $50,000. The film lucky enough to be crowned Best Short Film this year will be awarded a $10,000 cash prize.

For those looking to check out the St Kilda Film Festival this year, head over to for ticket and program information.


Images via Jim Lee for St Kilda Film Festival

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