Monster Fest


21 November 2018

MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING features our most amazing Shorts Programs ever this year – which means to judge them we’ve had to assemble an equally amazing group of judges! We found the perfect solution by reaching out to the renowned film commentators and radio personalities behind popular film criticism program/podcast Plato’s Cave on Triple R, Melbourne’s leading community radio station.

Plato’s Cave is a weekly program/podcast that offers informed, accessible and fun film criticism for all serious – and not-so-serious – cinephiles. Drawing on the diverse hosts’ years of moviegoing and film industry experience, Plato’s Cave has provided insightful commentary on nearly every aspect (and genre) of cinema since it began in May 2017, quickly establishing itself as a must-listen for all Australian film fans.

Co-host of Plato’s Cave, and the first of our valued Shorts Judges, Emma Westwood, is a film writer/editor who has written for an impressive number of publications, including The Age, Metro, Screen Education, Empire, Diabolique and Senses of Cinema. As if that isn’t extensive enough, she has also published two fascinating books on genre cinema: MONSTER MOVIES and THE FLY. When not busy analysing film via radio she is busy writing a third book, BRIDE OF FRANKENSTEIN, on James Whale’s beloved 1935 classic.
Faith Everard is a writer and film critic who currently acts as a producer on Plato’s Cave. An arts student at Melbourne University, Faith has been a fan of horror films since age four when she was accidentally exposed to WATERSHIP DOWN. She has since accrued plenty of experience with film festivals, being a judge at the Czech and Slovak Film Festival of Australia in 2017, and the Critics Campus Intern at Melbourne International Film Festival 2018. Her written work is also featured in publications ranging from Senses of Cinema, The Big Issue and 4:3.

Stuart Richards holds a PhD in Screen and Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne and balances his hosting duties on Plato’s Cave with being a research fellow at the Australian Film Institute Research Collection and a member of the board at Senses of Cinema. Stuart is also a practicing film critic with a special interest in queer cinema in our national film and television output. He also has worked with both the Melbourne Queer Film Festival and The San Francisco Frameline International LGBTQ Film Festival – experience he has translated into his fascinating book THE QUEER FILM FESTIVAL: POPCORN AND POLITICS.
Last but not at all least is Lisa Kovacevic, a multi-talented film/television writer, producer and art director who has been working in film and television production for over fifteen years. Recently she was the writer/producer of TALES FROM TINDER and ABC’s NO STRINGS ATTACHED. Lisa also currently produces and anchors Plato’s Cave.

As our collective judges for this year’s fest, Plato’s Cave will be deciding which MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING Short Films will be awarded with Best Short, Best International Short & Best Victorian Short from the FINAL GIRLS and DEAD THINGS Shorts Programs along with all Short Films that play prior to features.

New episodes of Plato’s Cave play every Monday 7pm – 8pm on Triple R radio and you can catch up on previous episodes here.

MONSTER FEST VII: THE HOMECOMING runs from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday November 25th at Cinema Nova!


Opening Night Film Ticket (includes complimentary drink on arrival)
Adult $29.50
Concession $25

Single Session Tickets
Adult – $20.50
Student/Concession/ Health Care Card – $16.00
Senior – $15.50
Pension – $13.00
Under 15 – $13.00
Privilege Club Member – $17.00
Privilege Club Concession – $14.00

Get the most out of the Monster Fest experience and save with these festival passes:

VIP Passes (12 films) $150

The VIP Pass gets you all-access to all Monster Fest screenings from Thursday November 22nd to Sunday the 25th.

Mini-Pass (5 Film Passes) $70

The 5 Film Multi-Pass may be used for any Monster Fest film sessions from Friday November 23rd to Sunday the 25th EXCLUDING Opening Night and the All-Night Marathon.

How To Use Your Pass:
When you purchase a pass you will receive a barcode number which shows up on your booking receipt. This number can be used online or in person to book sessions in advance or during the festival. If for any reason you do not receive a number/barcode, please contact (03) 9347 5331.

Online Redemption
To use this code online, select the sessions you wish to attend as though buying tickets, and it will give you the option of entering the redemption code.

Box Office Redemption
Present barcode at the box office and let staff know which sessions you want to attend.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS: Passes do not allow you to book multiple tickets for a single session or for sessions that run concurrently as they are issued for use by single customers only. Valid at Cinema Nova only. Only valid for Monster Fest sessions. This voucher must be taken as offered and is not exchangeable, for sale, transferable or redeemable for cash.