Tomorrow (Sunday, December 8) will see the latest instalment of Australia’s largest short film festival when Sydney’s Centennial Park hosts Tropfest 2013. From humble beginnings as the Tropicana Short Film Festival 21 years ago, Tropfest is now Australia’s most prestigious short film competition and a truly iconic cultural event. In fact, Tropfest has now become a global phenomenon with competitions and festivals in New Zealand, North America, Asia and the Middle East.
Tropfest has made a significant contribution to the development of the Australian film industry, providing unique platforms for talented filmmakers to showcase their skills. In fact, many of Australia’s best actors and directors have used the festival to kick start their careers. Notable festival alumni include the likes of Alister Grierson, Rowan Woods, Clayton Jacobson, Joel Edgerton, Nash Edgerton, Sam Worthington and Robert Connolly.
Tropfest is a free outdoor celebration, but for those unable to attend the Sydney event, the festival will be broadcast nationally on SBS 2 from 8:30pm on Sunday night. In fact, SBS will cover the event exclusively for the next five years. The celebrations will also be live streamed from 8:30pm.
The coverage will include the black carpet arrivals, interviews with the celebrity judges and filmmakers and the screening of the 16 finalist films, culminating in the announcement of the winner of Tropfest 22. Past judges have included Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett, Naomi Watts, Toni Collette, Rose Byrne, Geoffrey Rush, Russell Crowe, Samuel L Jackson, Keanu Reeves and Ewan McGregor.
In addition to the film screenings, the Centennial Park celebrations will also feature musical performances from Illy, Ngaire, Lenka, Tina Arena, Busby Marou and Jinja Safari. The day gets underway at 12:00pm with the Trop Jnr competition, showcasing Australia’s best filmmakers under 15 years of age.