THE ST Kilda Film Festival brought some of the best short films of 2018 to Cohuna last Friday night in a cabaret-style evening of cinema.
Approximately 100 film enthusiasts from across the region settled in to enjoy 13 short films at Cohuna Memorial Hall, including a film produced by some upcoming local talent — students at St Mary's Primary School.
The students spent seven weeks filming their first movie and it was aired at the end of the night.
The Ice-Cream Movie follows the predicaments of a young boy who only wants an ice cream, and was produced by 14 year six students.
Tour coordinator Dave Farmer said the addition of the film is a part of what makes the Film Festival's stop in Cohuna "unique".
"Cohuna is fairly unique...it's always had some sort of local talent, whether it's a musician or the films," he said.
Showcasing local talent at the event has become the norm on the tour's Cohuna stop, Mr Farmer said.
"The fact that they can use the tour and the resources behind the tour to utilise that [for local talent] - it's great for the community and the filmmakers and everyone wins," he said.
"We love coming to Cohuna. The way they put it on, we really appreciate the effort they put in. We hope to keep coming," he said.
Cohuna Progress Association's Mandy Hutchinson said that the event gave the region several other opportunities too.
"We try to encourage our young people to be interested in the arts and film, and to have the chance to see something they normally wouldn't," she said.
"It's great to be able to share the films [from the festival] here," she said.
The festival stop was organised by a joint partnership between the Cohuna Progress Association, Operation Next Gen, and City of Port Phillip Council.
Funds raised from the event will contribute to the Rotary Cambodia Alternative Schoolies trip, which offers students the opportunity to volunteer in Cambodia for 'Schoolies Week' instead of going to Queensland.
Students who will participate in the trip as well as students from the Future Leaders program helped to set up and pack up on the night.