24 February 2018 - 24 February 2018
Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. At home, Tropfest is recognised for its enormous contribution to the development of the Australian film industry by providing unique platforms for talented filmmakers through its events and initiatives, and new and expanded audiences for their work.
John Polson started the ‘Tropicana Short Film Festival’ (as it was originally known) as 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 decided that a full-fledged short film festival was the next step.
Twenty-one years on, Tropfest Australia attracts a live national audience of around 150,000 people on a single night. The event is hosted at Sydney’s Centennial Park, with live screenings in outdoor locations in major cities including Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Hobart and Surfers Paradise. The event is also broadcast on national television via broadcast partner SBS 2.
Tropfest have announced their celebrity judging panel will include star of The Mentalist Simon Baker (who is also making his directorial debut with an adaptation of Tim Winton’s Breath), actress Rebecca Gibney currently on screens in Wanted, director Jocelyn Moorhouse who recently had a huge hit with The Dressmaker and her celebrated cinematographer Don McAlpine.
This is the biggest, most controversial and provocative short film festival in the world. It is an international brand but it remains a delightful Sydney summer tradition to be enjoyed outdoors.
- Session TimesBook now
24 February 2018
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