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Tropfest is Australia's most admired and prestigious short film festival. It is greatly distinguished for its vast majority of contributors and offers filmmakers unique platforms to exhibit their work to the wider public.
It was originally called the 'Tropicana Short Film Festival' by John Polson, who had started it as being an informal and casual short film screening at the Tropicana Café in Sydney's Darlinghurst for cast and crew members, as well as their friends and family. Inspired by the hundreds of people who attended, Polson decided that a full-fledged short film festival was necessary.
After twenty years, over one hundred and fifty thousand people are tuning into a live national feed, which is broadcasted live via satellite to a number of outdoor locations, including Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne and Surfers Paradise.
Tropfest is held at Sydney's Domain in the Royal Botanic Gardens. By 2009, the event had been successfully screened at various unofficial sites including clubs, pubs and community centres around Australia, attracting more than one million subscribers.
The competition is open to any filmmaker, regardless of experience or talent. Sixteen finalists are nominated from an entry pool of around seven hundred annual entries. All compete for marvellous prizes worth more than $100,000.
Each year, the event has a TSI (Tropfest Signature Item) which changes each year. This year, the TSI is 'light bulb'. To attend the event, you don't have to spend a penny, as the Tropest festival is free. Tropfest is held indoors with entertainment and live music. There is also public catering and bars close to the location.
The winner of Tropfest is announced live on the night by a panel of celebrity and high profiled judges. In the past some of them have included Toni Collette, Russell Crowe, Ewan McGregor, Nicole Kidman, Sam Neil, John Woo, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts, Gabriel Byrne, Samuel L Jackson, Rose Byrne, George Miller, Salma Hayek, Jane Campion and Keanu Reeves.
Trofest has also expanded to involve competitions in Las Vegas and New York. Just last year, Tropfest Arabia was held Abu Dhabi and was open for any creative filmmaker across North Africa and the Middle East. There has also been major interest for London, China, Paris and Singapore to host their very own Tropfest short film competition.
Please note: Tropfest receives a M15 classification from the Office of Film and Literature Classification. Some of the films may contain course language, violence or sexual references. It is recommended for mature audiences of 15 years and over.