Warren Meyer went on a hike early one Sunday morning in 2008 around The Black Spur in Victoria. He never returned. It is Melbourne in 1965, and a Sicilian widow fights for her life when members of the local Calabrian mafia murder her husband to seize control of his produce business. A woman wakes up in a hotel room next to a man with no recollection of how she got there or who he is.

    These are some of the short films you can watch in this year’s Setting Sun Film Festival at the Sun Theatre Yarraville or online, 18 – 26 June.

    This year’s festival will be a hybrid event of theatre and online sessions. The festival’s signature Opening Night and female filmmakers’ program `The Rouge’, will still screen at the Sun Theatre with other sessions available online for free. In the case of a lockdown, all sessions will screen online.

    Despite Covid lockdowns, the festival still managed to attract a high level of entries from around the world. Film lovers will have the opportunity to watch over 80 films covering a wide range of genres and themes. Special events include an online program of films from the Psarokokalo International Short Film Festival in Athens.

    The Victorian University sponsored Youth Program, the Rising Sun, will screen online and feature many of the Victoria’s Top Screen finalists.

    The eight year old festival is known for producing a culturally diverse programme that reflects the reality of Melbourne’s Western suburbs and Australian society.

    It sells out every year and usually screens in early May however it was pushed back this year to accommodate the 2020 festival which was postponed because of Covid and screened early February this year.

    The Setting Sun Film Festival runs from 18 – 26 June 2021. Tickets are available to purchase from: or at Sun Theatre reception. For more information contact:

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