The Setting Sun International Film Festival (SSIFF) is back with its 11th edition, promising even more cultural diversity from 9 to 20 May.

Film aficionados will be offered an array of short films and features to be showcased across multiple venues, including the iconic Sun Theatre (Yarraville), Kindred Studios, and the Greek Centre.

The film festival embedded in the western suburbs, has gained an international reputation in recent years with entries attracted from across the globe.

As part of the festival city calendar curated by the City of Maribyrnong, the 14-day event stands as one of Melbourne’s largest short film festivals.

Kicking off at the Sun Theatre Yarraville, the festival’s opening night will present a curated selection of the best short films from the 2024 program.

“With its diverse lineup of films, engaging programs, and commitment to inclusivity, this year’s Setting Sun International Film Festival promises to be an unforgettable experience for film enthusiasts and industry professionals alike,” said Maribyrnong’s mayor, Cuc Lam.

Anna Bourozikas. Photo: Supplied

The evening will culminate in an awards ceremony, with attendees having the opportunity to cast their votes for the coveted People’s Choice Award.

Festival Director Anna Bourozikas, recipient of Maribyrnong’s Civic Arts Award for 2024, invited everyone to join in the festivities.

“There’s something for everyone,” Bourozikas said.

Building on the success of previous years, Filmonik Kabaret will collaborate with the festival to host a 72-hour film production event from 17 to 20 May bringing together filmmakers, actors, musicians, and writers to craft compelling short films, which will premiere on the festival’s closing day.

Highlights of the festival’s program include a dedicated segment for female filmmakers, showcasing Australia’s oldest collection of films, feature-length documentaries, presentations from the Athens Short Film Festival, and a diverse selection of Australian and international films.