2013 on tonight: Sydney, Australia - 17th Feb 2013
many festivals can claim the title of being Australias
most prestigious short film festival and largest short
film festival in the world at the same time. Such
is the stage of Tropfest one of Australias
most iconic cultural events.
its humble beginnings in 1993 as a screening for 200
people in a Sydney cafe, Tropfest has grown its audience
reach to approximately 150,000 people and expanded
to global cities including Abu Dhabi, London, Toronto,
Berlin, Bangkok and New York.
to anyone who wishes to enter, the annual short film
competition provides unique platforms for emerging
filmmakers through its events and initiatives. Past
judges include high profile film personalities such
as Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Russell
Crowe and Keanu Reeves, just to name a few. All films
are made especially for Tropfest and include the Tropfest
Signature Item (TSI), which changes each year. The
2013 TSI is Balloon.
to attend, Tropfest is 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 award ceremony.
tuned right here at Music News Australia and Media
Man for a full report including winners, and be sure
to check out some amazing photos of the event at the
Eva Rinaldi Photography website.
is the largest short film festival in the world and
the first truly international film festival. It is
also the worlds most exciting platform for up
and coming film makers to gain international exposure.
of films made for and screened at Tropfest have gone
on to gain commercial distribution. And literally
dozens of Tropfest filmmakers have had local and international
careers launched as a result of their work being seen
in front of thousands of people including many
of the most respected professionals in the film world.
The festival is judged by a panel of distinguished
industry professionals. Previous judges have included
George Miller, Naomi Watts, Elijah Wood, Toni Collette,
Salma Hayek, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Baz Luhrmann,
Ewan McGregor, Darren Aronofsky, Will Smith, Bryan
Singer and many others!
was established to encourage production, not just
exhibition. Consequently, an annual, randomly-chosen
item (known as the Tropfest Signature Item or 'TSI')
must be included in each film to show it was made
specifically for the festival. We believe that practice
makes perfect; only by honing his or her craft will
a filmmaker continue to refine their story-telling
mission is to continue to develop the most exciting
forum in the world for audiences to come together
and celebrate premium short films; and to continue
to offer filmmakers a bigger and better platform from
which to launch their professional careers.
continues to expand internationally. The inaugural
Tropfest Arabia was held in Abu Dhabi in November
2011; Tropfest New York and Tropfest Vegas will both
be held in June 2012; and Tropfest New Zealand will
be held in January 2013. Discussions are underway
to bring Tropfest to more destinations around the
world including Beijing, Paris, London and Singapore.