Posted in Local Events @ Oct 24th 2013 1:41am - By Administrator

Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. Tropfest has given filmmakers a platform to showcase their unique works. Tropfest has expanded internationally to now include new competitions and festivals in New Zealand and North America.

Tropfest began as ‘Tropicana Short Film Festival’, an informal short film screening for cast, crew and friends at the Tropicana Cafe in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. More than 200 people showed up for that first screening. Inspired by the turn out, John Polson decided to turn the event into a full-fledge short film festival.

Twenty years later, Tropfest Australia continues to grow. Tropfest attracts around 150,000 people on a single night.

Catch Tropfest at Sydney’s Centennial Park on December 8, 2013. There will be live satellite links to outdoor locations in major cities including Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Surfers Paradise.

16 Finalists are selected to compete for more than $100,000 in prizes. Tropfest films are unique in that they have all been made specifically for Tropfest, will premiere at Tropfest and include the Tropfest Signature Item (or TSI), which changes each year.

Tropfest is free to attend. Participants can enjoy an outdoor celebration complete with live music and entertainment, public catering and bars, red carpet arrivals and the highly anticipated film screenings followed by an awards ceremony.

Tropfest has had an enormous contribution to the Australian film industry. Notable alumni include filmmakers such as Alister Grierson, Rowan Woods, Clayton Jacobson, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Peter Carstairs, Rob Carlton, Sam Worthington, Robert Connolly, Leon Ford, Justin Drape, Tim Bullock and Elissa Down.

This year’s finalists showcase such diversity and talent. The festival continues to encourage filmmakers to pursue their dreams. This year’s crop of films include Taser directed by Matt Bird, Better than Sinatra directed by Jefferson Grainger, Remote by Michael Noonan, We’ve All Been There by Nicholas Clifford, The Pledge for Mister Bunny by Kevin Lim, Punctured by Nick Baker & Tristan Klein, Time by Liam Connor, Monobrow by Director Tim Blackburn & Lyndal Moody, Let It Rain by Matt Hardie and The Hustle by Topher Field.

Enjoy Tropfest this December 8, 2013 at Sydney’s Centennial Park which is just a few minutes away from our Hotel Near Sydney Central Station.

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