2017 Setting Sun Short Film Festival is big on talent

April 11, 2017

From novice filmmakers to established award winners, students to stars, teenage animators to documentary makers and even entries from South America and London, this year’s Setting Sun Short Film Festival has something for everyone who loves short-form cinema.
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2017 Setting Sun Short Film Festival is big on talent

From novice filmmakers to established award winners, students to stars, teenage animators to documentary makers and even entries from South America and London, this year’s Setting Sun Short Film Festival has something for everyone who loves short-form cinema.

Finalists have been selected from a record 84 entries ready for the fourth annual festival, to be held at the Sun Theatre in Yarraville, April 27 – 30. Entries include quirky comedy, film noir-style fantasy, claymation, and documentaries. This year’s festival will open with the doco Olympic Nick, starring Footscray’s iconic doughnut maker Nick Tsiligiris who resigned earlier this year.

This year’s winners from the general competition element of the festival will receive their trophy on Opening Night. Winners of the women’s only Rouge program and the high school kids’ program, The Rising Sun, will receive their trophy during their programs.

“Our City is home to an increasingly large and dynamic creative community, and is developing an enviable reputation as a centre for arts and culture. It is fantastic that we have events such as the Setting Sun Short Film Festival that not only support emerging talent, but also provide a platform for showcasing it to the wider community,” says City of Maribyrnong Mayor Cr Catherine Cumming.

And while not every filmmaker is a finalist, many entrants are still included in the festival and will get to see their creations on the big screen. Finalists for this year’s festival include well-known artists and award-winning films from the western suburbs and beyond. Festivalgoers will see films with plenty of familiar faces, including comedians Greg Fleet and Dave O’Neil and well-known actors Jack Charles and Damian Walshe-Howling.

“The judges have called it the strongest year ever. Entries have been of an amazing standard,” said Festival Founder and Director Anna Bourozikas.

Highlights of this year’s festival include:

• The Rouge Program, showcasing the work of some of the best female filmmakers in Australia … and even one from Buenos Aires!

• The Rising Sun. The secondary school program, presented by Victoria University, will be a 90 minute, free screening at the Sun Theatre. Film makers in this category can win a filmmaking master class.

• The People’s Choice award. An annual favourite, voted by festivalgoers and open to all films screened on Opening Night.

Feature West
Sponsored by Victoria University

One Second
Dir. Tom Vogel

Spill
Dir. Aaron L. Ellis

Uber X-Citing Day
Dir. Michael Jones, Jackson Tozer

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco
Dir. Marina Bonofiglio

Best Documentary West
Sponsored by Kindred West

Olympic Nick
Dir. Ian Tran, Rachael Morssink

Citizen Reporter
Dir. Lindsay Cox

Best Director
Tom Vogel, One Second
Aaron L. Ellis, Spill
Michael Jones, Jackson Tozer Uber X-Citing Day
Marina Bonofiglio, The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

Best Screenwriter
Aaron L. Ellis, Spill
David Nguyen, Sleep To Dream
Tom Vogel, One Second
Marina Bonofiglio, The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco

METRO
Best Short Feature Metro

Goodnight Sweetheart
Dir. Bec Peniston-Bird

No Smoking
Dir. Nerango Nero

Falling
Dir. Jemma Van Loenen

Autocarrot
Dir. Robert P.Fantozzi, Conor A.Woods

Best Documentary Metro

The Jolly Swagman
Dir. Charby Ibrahim

No Measure for Health
Dir. Jessica Hutchison

Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe
Dir. Jary Nemo

OPEN
Rouge Program
Sponsored by Sue Maslin and Rosalie Ham

The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco
Dir. Marina Bonofiglio

Falling Dir. Jemma Van Loenen

Maybe Next Time Dir. Delfina Jaureguialzo

Luxville, Dir. Erin McCuskey

Best Comedy
Autocarrot Dir. Robert P.Fantozzi, Conor A.Woods
Uber X-Citing Day Dir. Michael Jones, Jackson Tozer
The Uncomfortably Sexy Rules of Truco Dir. Marina Bonofiglio
Tallboy Dir. Serah Nathan

Best Acting Performance
Gillian Jones, Goodnight Sweetheart
Ellmir Asipi, Spill
Greg Fleet, Noel
Sepideh Fallah, Falling

Best Animation
Sponsored by Creativa Videos
Midnight Ice Cream Run Dir. Johnny MacPherson
Vespula Dir. Nelson Dean
More Stuff Dir. Simone Giampaolo, Joe Kinch
The Goldfish Theory Dir. Alexander Fasso

Best Cultural Diversity
Sponsored by City of Maribyrnong
The Jolly Swagman, Charby Abrahim
Olympic Nick, Ian Tran, Rachael Morssink
Goodnight Sweetheart, Bec Peniston Bird
Seeing The Land From An Aboriginal Canoe, Jary Nemo

Best Tertiary
To Be A Star Dir. Matt Bird
No Measure of Health Dir. Jessica Hutchison
The Other Man Dir. Sher-Li Tan

Best Secondary
Sponsored by Victoria University
The Beast Within Dir. Cian Bennett
Rose Dir. Tyler Bain

The Goldfish Theory Dir. Alexander Fasso
Portrait of a Babysitter Dir. Sierra McLachlan
Scorpius Dir. Sam Zagame

Best Film
Sponsored by the Sun Theatre

Winner announced on the night and will be one of the finalists, excluding the Secondary School Section.

People’s Choice

Audience members vote for one film screened on Opening Night. The winner will be announced on the website.