The largest short-film festival in the west is edging closer, with submissions for the four-day festival having now closed.

    The four-day Setting Sun Short Film Festival will run April 27-30 at Yarraville’s iconic Sun Theatre, showcasing films under 12 minutes in length made by filmmakers from the west and beyond. Anyone can submit films of any genre, with over $5,000 in prizes available for the selected shorts.

    Films will fall into the following categories:

    Western Suburbs: Filmmakers who live in the west or don’t live in the west but have shot their film there.

    Metropolitan: Films not shot in the west or by westie filmmakers.

    Open: Animation, Best Acting Performance overall, People’s Choice.

    Now in its fourth year, this year promises to be the festival’s biggest so far. “This year’s festival has more to offer the filmmakers and the general community. We’re proud to be the only festival in the west, showcasing the talents of our filmmaking community, young and old as well as the best from around Australia,” says Festival Director, Anna Bourozikas.

    Actor Shane Jacobson, who grew up in Avondale Heights, features in the 2017 SSSFF trailer and discusses the role short films and the Sun Theatre played in his career and the success of his breakout film Kenny, which he wrote and starred in with his brother Clayton, who directed the film.

    A long time festival supporter, Victoria University has come on board as Principle Partner this year. Sponsoring “The Rising Sun” secondary school filmmaker program, they are offering the Top Ten Victorian filmmakers a master class with industry professionals. Having showcased high standard films in the past, this program is open to all secondary school children around Australia.

    For more information on film submissions or the festival itself, visit the festival website at or contact Festival Director Anna Bourozikas at

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