St Kilda Film Festival goes national, booted into future by virus

Going online, the St Kilda shorts platform enables the festival movement to experiment with robust digital services which could change it forever.

‘Two years ago, the Cannes Film Festival was banning women with open toed shoes on the red carpet and now they are on YouTube. How quickly things change.’

Richard Sowada is one of the thinkers in the Australian film festival world who stitches his income together from a variety of independent projects. He took over the St Kilda Film Festival last November with a remit to think laterally about its role as it transitioned from the previous leadership of the legendary Paul Harris.

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David Tiley was the Editor of Screenhub from 2005 until he became Content Lead for Film in 2021 with a special interest in policy. He is a writer in screen media with a long career in educational programs, documentary, and government funding, with a side order in script editing. He values curiosity, humour and objectivity in support of Australian visions and the art of storytelling.