More than 2,700 guests attended the soon-to-be-fully refurbished Palais Theatre in an exclusive sneak peek of the major renovation for the iconic St Kilda venue.
Guests previewed some of the best picks from the 2017 Festival at the launch event.
Titles included Pillars, a drama directed by local Melbournian Ryan A. Murphy, starring Nicholas Denton and Arielle Thomas; The Eleven O’Clock produced, written and starring Josh Lawson; and a special snippet of the Graham Kennedy: The King of TV compilation, a partnership between the St Kilda Film Festival and the National Film and Sound Archive, celebrating the 40-year career of Kennedy.
Other films being shown on Opening Night:
Banana Boy (drama) – directed by Steven Woodburn
Fish with Legs (comedy/animation) – directed by Dave Carter
Lime Green As (animation/documentary) – directed by Helen Chun
Sociopaths (mystery) – directed by A.T.
The Khalik Family Kite (documentary) – directed by Peter Drew