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Best Australian Film Festival
In 2011, I sat on picnic chairs with friends in front of the overflow screen in Canberra's live echo of Sydney's Tropfest, eating chilli and sour cream Doritos and drinking fruit juice. The air was full of the smells of KFC chicken and chips, and popcorn from the nearby food tents.
During the pre-show entertainment there were several games of (thrown) pass the parcel, and other random giveaway gimmicks.
While messing around waiting to see the sixteen finalists, the Canberra presenters showed us a local film entry starring Rhys Muldoon. It was called "Tin Man" about an alcoholic father who loses his son – twice. It was, unfortunately, exactly what I expected from the festival – 7 minutes of shouting, crying, and tragedy acted and filmed very well, with an ending that was designed to make viewers feel simultaneously miserable and artsy. Which is not to say it wasn't good, but ... well.
Fortunately the festival wasn't all artsy tears after all. There was plenty of laughter and silliness, and the ultimate winner was frankly immature.
Also, as the light faded hundreds of bats flew overhead, which just added to the general festive feeling.