Tropfest has announced the 16 talented filmmakers whose films will screen across the nation when the world’s largest short film festival kicks off on Sunday 8th December 2013. From comedies, thrillers and dramas to documentaries, mockumentaries and everything in between, Tropfest will offer audiences a diverse selection of shorts – all inspired by the Festival’s signature Item (TSI) of ‘Change’.
As in previous years, the TSI was creatively embraced, with several filmmakers exploring everyday themes of love, sexuality, loss and relationships.
Many finalists also championed the everyman, showing how even the most everyday characters – including taxi drivers, cleaners and businessmen – can make hugely significant changes to the world. Other finalists told stories of war, death, immigration, addiction, and ageing – often in poignant and unexpected ways, and sometimes with the help of familiar faces.
Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, says he was pleasantly surprised by the number and quality of submissions that the Festival received for its year-end edition.
“We are thrilled by the strength, creativity and originality of the films submitted. The ideas, influences and filmmaking approaches are never the same – and that’s been no different this time around,” he says.
“Considering that the Festival was last held in February this year, it has been great to see that many filmmakers still have the same passion, hunger and interest in showcasing their work through our platform. It’s so fantastic to see that short film is alive and kicking in Australia and around the world.”
Tropfest also notes that almost half of all entries received for December 2013 were made entirely on DSLR cameras. This is reflective of an increasing trend within the industry, says Tropfest Film and Entries Manager, Henry Kalaf.
“We’re seeing more and more filmmakers turn to DSLR technology for use in their storytelling practice” he says. “The quality of files output from these cameras is outstanding and their portability and affordability often allows filmmakers to be more creative and flexible in their approach. The Nikon DSLR Film Category was created to support this trend as this technology continues to evolve.”
NSW Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Arts, George Souris, says the NSW Government, through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to support Tropfest in NSW, the home of Australia’s burgeoning screen industry.
“Tropfest begins a world-class calendar of summer events across NSW which showcase the best of our State’s beaches, parks, Sydney’s magnificent harbour and our cosmopolitan city streets,” he says. “It is wonderful to see this successful event, which has kick-started the screen careers of many filmmakers from across Australia of all ages and experience, go from strength to strength. I’d like to wish the finalists the best of luck with their films and I am looking forward to viewing them when Tropfest takes place at Sydney’s Centennial Park next month.”
In addition to receiving international and industry exposure, the lucky Tropfest winner will take home a new Toyota Corolla Levin ZR; a Nikon D800 DSLR and $2,000 RRP worth of Nikon lenses; $10,000 courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell; and a trip to Los Angeles to meet some top industry executives, thanks to Motion Picture Association and Australian Screen Association.
These aren’t the only prizes up for grabs – the winner of the Nikon DSLR Film Category will receive a Nikon D610 as well as $3,000 RRP worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories.
Prior to the big awards announcements on December 8, finalists will walk the red carpet and have their films judged by a panel of celebrities and industry heavyweights. with past judges including Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Cate Blanchett, Will Smith, Salma Hayek and Sam Worthington, among others.
For more info about past winners, themes or Tropfest’s global events, head to: www.tropfest.com/au