Greek Australian at Melbourne’s Setting Sun Film Festival

Greek Australian Anna Bourozikas is directing Melbourne’s 5th Setting Sun Short Film Festival, which is considered one of the largest premier short film festivals in Australia.

The festival will be held in April 2018 at the art deco Sun Theatre in Yarraville and it will last for five days, during which visitors will have the opportunity to attend various programs.

There will be awards for many different categories of short films including doco, comedy, animation and short feature produced by not only up-and-coming but also established Australian filmmakers.

Short film entries for 2018 are now open for all competition categories. The requirements are that the short film is 15 minutes long and created between 1 December 2015 and 31 January 2018. Film artists can take part with a short film of any genre featuring an interesting story that has an element of entertainment, information or surprise.

Participating filmmakers will have the chance to win prizes. For instance, award-winning producer Sue Maslin is the sponsor of the women’s only Rouge Program for the third year. The female director with the best film will get a prize of $1,000.

To mark the fifth year of the organization, judges will select one feature-length film which will be showcased at the festival, with an audience Q & A with the director.

As Anna Bourozikas told Neos Kosmos, the festival enjoys a lot of support and she is excited to see it growing and thriving every year.

Anna Bourozikas has every right to be proud of the event she founded in 2013. She came up with the idea for the Setting Sun Short Festival when she was still a screen-writing student and an avid fan of film festivals.

As she said in an interview with The Westsider, she noticed that although there were a lot of filmmakers in the West as well as a film school, the area lacked a comparable film-makers’ festival. Her experience as a judge in the ATOM awards and her involvement in film production made her more aware of the need for such an event in the region.