This Sunday, May 21, the Setting Sun Film Festival (SSFF) will offer sessions at the Sun Theatre (Yarraville), Kindred Studios, and the Greek Centre. The festival will also run online until May 26.

To celebrate its tenth year, SSFF will launch at the Sun Theatre Yarraville, where it all began. Audiences will have the chance to see some the best short films from the 2023 program.

The event will be hosted by the award-winning spoken word poet, musician, and cabaret star Amy Bodossian.

“Council has been proudly supporting the Setting Sun Film Festival since its humble beginnings at The Sun Theatre in 2013. That’s ten wonderful years of cinema magic, right here in Melbourne’s west. I encourage you to celebrate the Festival’s milestone with us by immersing yourself in one (or many) of the films in this year’s awe-inspiring 14-day program,” says Mayor of Maribyrnong, Councillor Sarah Carter.

The SSFF is the premier festival of the western suburbs and an international festival that attracts entries from around the world. It is part of the City of Maribyrnong’s Festival City calendar.

“The Setting Sun Film Festival is a beloved festival, and we look forward to seeing lots of people at our sessions. There’s something for everyone,” says Festival Director Anna Bourozikas.

Program (Psarokokalo)

Films by Greek and Cypriot filmmakers from the Athens Short Film Festival

The Boar – 20′ Drama/Greece

Dir. Konstantinos Tsiodoulos

Plot: Fotis returns to a deserted village in the Northern Greece mountains for his deceased father’s will announcement.

ΑΓΚΑΘΙ (THORN) – 8’50” Drama/Greece

Dir. Alexander Stamatiadis

Plot: In a remote gas station in the heart of winter, a place where time stands still, three strangers cross paths and reshape time in their own way. An audiovisual journey that explores masculine hypersensitivity in a conservative and religious rural Greece.

A Summer Place – 20′ Drama/Cyprus

Dir. Alexandra Matheou

Plot: Summer is a permanent state of mind in Limassol, a once small seaside town in Cyprus that has transformed into the oligarch paradise of the Mediterranean. Being both a player and a victim of this city transformation as a food stylist, Tina is depressed. On the day of her birthday, she is ready to give up on everything, until an extraordinary encounter changes her life.

11:20am – 13’50” Drama/Greece

Dir. Dimitris Nakos

Plot: Olga, a domestic worker originally from Albania, will be in a house she works in downtown Athens, at the right time. Or at the wrong one?

Emulsion Experimental – 7’40” Greece

Dir. Vasilis Kalemos

Plot: The narrator wonders, looking back, trying to think of the moment he would like if not to relive, to take with him forever.

The Wanting Drama – 17’59” United Kingdom

Dir. Alexandros Mattei

Plot: Adam goes to his estranged father’s wake, avoiding his own estranged daughter’s birthday.

Summer Breeze – 15’16” Romance/Greece

Dir. Alexandros Rellos

Plot: A recently divorced middle-aged man receives a smartphone from his daughter and reconnects with the first love of his life who asks him to meet.

When: Sunday, 21 May 5pm – 7.30pm AEST

Where: Greek Centre

Tickets can be purchased here and include a glass of champagne, a 90-minute program, and a finalist award ceremony.