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2016 Sunshine Short Film Festival News

2016 festival winner in the news

The winning film of the 2016 year's open category "Small Beginnings" in the news.

Listen to this ABC Local interview with the film's producer Matthew Keating:


An article about Small Beginnings (including video) also featured in The Courier:
Kryal Castle film takes out prize


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2016 SSFF Winning Films

SSFF Trophies

What an exciting evening we had! A sold out crowd at the 5th Annual Sunshine Short Film Festival in Sunshine on Friday 28th October 2016. And TAA DAA, the winners are:


  1. St Albans Primary School with Harmony our children at St Albans Primary
  2. Cabramatta Public School Class 4L with The Genie
  3. Maya Scott with U Knight


  1. Oliver Crawford Smith & Oliver Bailey with No Excuse
  2. Alexandra Di Stefano with Goodnight Sunshine
  3. Maisy Sutcliffe with Dad’s Anonymous


  1. Dean Musumeci with Small Beginnings
  2. Angus Turner-Summerton with The Treasure Chest
  3. Lusa Washburn with More Than A Bed

Judge's Award

The Judge’s award for best film went to Thomas Gruevski with his film ‘Knights of Sunshine’.

For your viewing pleasure this year's films will be available on our youtube channel soon. As a sneak preview watch "U Knight" by Maya Scott who was our 3rd prize winner in this year's Primary School category.

Winner 3rd prize Primary School category - Sunshine Short Film Festival 2016

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Films that screened at the 2016 SSFF

brave sir knight Congratulations to all winners who shared in our festival's prestigious $10,000 prize pool! Congratulations also to all film makers whose films were screened and all other film makers who participated. Details of prize winners will be posted here shortly.

Primary School Category - Screened at 6.00pm Village Cinemas Sunshine 28th Oct 2016

Knights in Sunshine

St Albans Meadows Primary School

Pokemon Run

St Albans Meadows  Primary School

The Soccer Disaster

St Albans Meadows Primary School

The Genie

Cabramatta Public School

Happy Face by Class 5H

Cabramatta Public School

Knight Club

Cabramatta Public School

U Knight

Maya Scott

There was a Man named Night

Truganina South Primary School

Sunshine Castle

Liz Dalgleish


St Albans Primary

The 6 Year Old That Came to Tea

Jessica Greger

Secondary School Category - Screened at 7.30pm Village Cinemas Sunshine 28th Oct 2016

Knight In Shining Armour

Caitlin Devos

Journey of Music and Art

Timothy Han and Arif Jacupi


Isaac Anderson, Nathan Martin, Joel Chamoun, Daniel Larosa


Banjo Swan

An everyday's knight

Poppe-Simone Sakr

No Excuse

Oliver Crawford Smith and Oliver Bailey

Goodnight Sunshine

Alexandra Di Stefano

The Knights of Sunshine

Sunny Letran and Jacky Ly

The Chopping Block

Dermot O'Brien

The Knight of Sunshine

James Young

Dad's Anonymous

Maisy Sutcliffe

Open Category (Screened at Village Cinemas Sunshine 28th Oct 2016)

More Than a Bed

Lusa Washburn

The Treasure Chest

Angus Turner-Summerton

Lost and Found

Bradley Justin

Small Beginnings

Dean Musumeci


Jason Cheetham

The Round Table

Justin Macawili

2 Nights in Sunshine

Saidin Salkic

Knights in Sunshine

Sheena Dang

Dinner with Donna

Andrew William Robb

2 in the Woods

Robert Zakanj

Knights of Sunshine

Thomas Gruevsk


Ken Grebenare


2016 Sunshine Short Film Festival Australia

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Millennium Man featured on 9 News

The inspiration for the Sunshine Short Film Festival trophy has been featured on Channel Nine News as part of the campaign to restore him.

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Sunshine's Film Festival Enters Fifth Year

The SSFF has become a prestigious event celebrating the people, their enterprises, and industry in Sunshine.

Why was Sunshine Short Film Festival started?

  • To celebrate the people, the history and the future of Sunshine. We all have interesting stories to share. This is a great way to share them. 
  • To help get local, regional and national recognition for Sunshine as a culturally dynamic and economically vibrant town. We know it. It’s time to let others in on the secret.
  • To help develop your skills and talents. It’s a short leap from here to the Cannes Film Festival. Let us help you get there.

View last year's SSFF films

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SSFF Facebook Page Under New Management

Find us on facebookThe Sunshine Short Film Festival is under new management and is a great way to keep in touch with all of the information about the festival. Deadlines, events, film making tips, news and more.

Participate with others who are actively involved in the Sunshine Short Film Festival by visiting or liking our Facebook page at:


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Make a donation to help us restore Millennium Man

Make a donation now to help the Sunshine Business Association restore Millennium Man

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The Millennium Man Trophy

Millenium ManFor the first time ever we will unveil and present the Millennium Man Trophy to all 1st prize winners of this year's Sunshine Short Film Festival. The Millennium Man Trophy will be similar to the Academy Award's Oscar but relative to Sunshine cinema history. The Millennium Man Trophy will become a unique collectors item!

Millennium Man also known as ‘Future Man’— is a silver figure of a strongman holding a globe circled with a film strip. Millennium Man was first installed at Village Cinemas Sunshine at the Marketplace Shopping Centre in the late 1990s, and would light up at night. While New York has the Statue of Liberty and Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Sunshine can boast the Millennium Man, but he needs help…. The Sunshine Business Association is planning to restore Millennium Man back to his former shining glory by seeking community and business support in raising the needed funds.

Andrew Robb's documentary about the Millennium Man, made for the 2015 SSFF, is helping us gain attention to Millennium Man’s needed repairs. Watch the documentary on our YouTube channel.

A replica of Millennium Man is being sculptured by internationally recognised sculptor Anton Hasell (creator of the Federation Bells in Birrarung Marr Melbourne) and small souvenir replicas will be made and sold to the public to raise funds. Details of these will be online in July.  If you want to financially assist in the restoration of the Sunshine Millennium Man please email us on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 0455 0455 45 for further details.

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Millennium Man - Brimbank Leader

Andrew Robb and Millenium ManThis year’s festival includes the presentation of the first ever Millennium Trophy which will be awarded to an entrant who displays achievement within the movie industry.

Bruce White of the Sunshine Business Association has announced that the trophy will be a copy of the Millennium Man similar to an Academy Award trophy.

Plans are also underway to restore the Millennium Man statue with Andrew Robb's documentary about the Millennium Man being used to help promote the fundraising efforts.

Read more about Millenium Man restoration project in the Brimbank Leader

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"Get on that Silver Screen" - Star Weekly

998529starStory by Alexandra Laskie in the Star Weekly June 13, 2016

Banjo Swan was tight-lipped when asked about the film he’s working on for this year’s Sunshine Short Film Festival.

The 12-year-old won the primary school category at last year’s festival with his clip Solve Man.

The 3.45-minute film was overlaid with a song the Buckley Park College student wrote and sung himself, and featured a cast of about 15 friends from Aberfeldie Primary School.

“I know what I’m going to do,” he said, but was reticent to delve into the details prematurely, given festival organisers have only just started accepting registrations and submissions.

Festival co-ordinator Steve Pereira said this year’s theme, Knights in Sunshine, had been chosen in response to audience feedback.

“We pooled the audience and asked them what the theme should be,” he said. “And the majority wanted a medieval theme."

Read more on the Star Weekly website

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"Knights in the Spotlight" - Brimbank Leader

KNIGHTS of the silver screen are being invited to submit their movies to this year’s Sunshine Short Film Festival.

The annual event, an initiative of the Sunshine Business Association, has opened for entries.

The chairman of the association and festival director Bruce White said the theme of this year’s competition would be “Knights in Sunshine”.

Mr White encouraged both new and accomplished filmmakers to enter an original film of five minutes or less into the contest.

The films must feature their interpretation of “Knights in Sunshine” with creativity encouraged.

Entrants all get a chance to share in the $10,000 total prize pool.

The categories this year will be for primary school children, secondary students and adults.

This year the festival is introducing the “Millennium Trophy”, symbolising achievement in the industry. It’s named after the Millennium Man statue near Village Cinemas in Sunshine.

All finalists’ films will be screened at Village Cinemas Sunshine on October 28 at a red carpet gala event. Mr White said last year more than 60 entries were submitted to the festival, including from France and Germany.

“We are putting Sunshine and our local artists on the international map,” he said.

“That is what the festival is all about.”

Brimbank Leader - 14 Jun 2016



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