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Setting Sun film Festival 2018

Five days, seven programs, 80 films

A world premiere of a black and white feature film shot in Melbourne, a film about a woman who creates the perfect soulmate robot, a documentary about a UFO sighting in Westall and an Iranian film about the Israeli army practise of roof knocking, these are some of the films that will screen in the fifth annual Setting Sun Film Festival 26-30 April at the Sun Theatre Yarraville, and produced and presented by Poppy Kat Media.

With seven programs, five days and 80 films, there is something for everyone including the popular female filmmakers program, The Rouge, a free program of films made by secondary school students and a diverse program of films that include animations, drama, comedy, horror, documentaries and experimental.

The festival will feature several films from America, UK, and the Middle East and will proudly premiere its first feature length film, Trench, made by Melbourne filmmakers Paul Anthony Nelson and Perri Cummings.

The festival will kick off with an Opening Night program hosted by Cinema Fiasco's Janet McLeod and will feature films by finalists and conclude with an Award presentation. The winners in the short film competition will be revealed prior to the opening Night. The finalists comprise a record number of female filmmakers.

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Setting Sun film Festival 2018

THURSDAY, 26th April

Hosted by Janet McLeod, from Cinema Fiasco. Launched by the Maribyrnong Mayor Cr. Cuc Lam. Screening of films by some of our winners and finalists. Program includes docos, dramas, comedies and animation. Concludes with the presentation of trophies to the winners of our competition. Price includes a free glass of sparkling wine and popcorn.


World Premiere. Independent made in Australia feature film program
Trench, a film directed by Paul Anthony Nelson. Followed by Q and A with filmmakers. Hosted by Stig Wemyss. Free drink on arrival.


The Maribrynong
Free program but you must still book your seats. A screening of films made by high school student aspiring filmmakers from Footscray City College, Scotch College, University High, and Susanne Cory Highschool.
The Rouge MA15+ (sponsored by Film Art Media)
Female Filmmaker program. Best Film By a Female Filmmaker Award and $1000 presented by Sue Maslin. Filmmakers include recipients of Screen Australian Gender Matters Initiative. Films include docos, drama, comedies, and animation. Program also includes films by festival finalists Emma Buglisi, Sarah-Jayne Woulahan, and Claudia Holmes.
The Palm
General short film session of shorts, comedies, animation and drama. Highlights include films by former finalists Andrew Rob and Westside Shorts organiser Tom Vogel; local creatives Trade Creative, and Footscray Community Arts Centre; and the 2017 Cairo Best Short Film Winner. Look out for Rachel Griffiths.


The Rising Sun Program (sponsored by Victoria University)
A screening of films by the Top Ten Victoria University Secondary School Masterclass winners and presentation to winner of Best Film Secondary Student. Host Stig Wemyss. Schools include Scotch College, Williamstown High, Footscray City College, Kardinia International College, Susanne Cory High School, Wesley College, and Perth Modern School.
The Western Sun
Short film session of comedies, animation, and drama by award winning filmmakers Nelson Dean, James Vinson and Patrick O'Mahoney.
The Bridge
Short film session of comedies, animation, and drama featuring films by award winning filmmakers Jary Nemo, Robert P. Fantozzi and Conor A. Woods; and finalist Alex Cook and Adrian Lambert.


7pm MA15+
The Gatsby
Short film session of comedies, animation, and drama featuring films by some talented tertiary students and finalists. Festival conclusion.

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