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Tropfest 2013 @ The Domain

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by Geraldine Massey (subscribe)
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Good things, even cinema, come in small packages
The films may be short but Tropfest is one of the biggest film festivals in the world, and the organisers know how to throw a really big party. It's one that simultaneously celebrates short, sharp cinema in cities all around the country, but it's Sydney where Tropfest was born so the biggest event of all, complete with live entertainment and celebrity guests on the red carpet, occurs at Sydney's Domain, this year on Sunday 17 February. And it's all free.

Image from Tropfest Facebook page

[ADVERT]The Festival
As a fledgling film festival in 1993 the "Tropicana Short Film Festival", as it was then known, played to about 200 enthusiastic film buffs in a small Darlinghurst cafe. Fast forward 21 years and Tropfest is now an important international film festival and the Australian event boasts a national viewing audience in excess of 150,000 people. From little things big things certainly do grow.

The Competition
Entries were invited from professional and amateur filmmakers around the world and judges have selected sixteen finalists in the main Tropfest competition and sixteen Trop Jr finalists in the competition for entrants aged under 15. Films must clock in at under seven minutes and contain the competition's Signature Item - 'balloon' for Tropfest, and 'jump' For Tropfest Jr.

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Tropfest Jr finalists 2013. Image from Tropfest Jr website

The Finalists
Finalists, announced on 3 February, include "Better Than Sinatra" directed by Jefferson Grainger, "The Pledge for Mister Bunny" by Kevin Lim, Katie Wall's "Scene 16", and "We've All Been There", a film by Nicholas Clifford. You can view information about the 2013 finalists and their films here.

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A still from Scene 16 by Katie Wall. Image from Tropfest website

The Event
Gates open for Tropfest at the Domain at 11am with Tropfest beginning at 12 noon and Trop Jr from 3pm. The live entertainment program runs from 3.30 pm and includes performances by Round the Corner, MEG Mac and Clubfeet. The winner of Tropscore (original scores written for the 2013 Tropscore Film) will be announded at 5.50pm. The paparazzi will be in a frenzy with the red carpet arrivals from 6pm followed by Kate Miller-Heidke at 7.15pm and finalists' films screening from 8pm on the big screen. Everyone will be holding their breath at 10.15 pm for the announcement of the winner and awards presentation ceremony.

Tropfest After Party
If all that cinematic and celebrity splendour hasn't satisfied your cravings then you'd better get along to the official after party at the Cake Wines Tropfest Pop Up Bar at 77 George St, The Rocks.

Check out the creepy 2013 Tropscore film "The Exchange" by Matt Bird below.

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Why? Short cinema at its sharpest and best
When: Sunday 17 February from 12 noon.
Where: The Domain
Cost: Free
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