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Tropfest is the world's largest short film festival. Hatched and developed in a cafe by founder John Polson, the festival has become a global phenomena. It has taken micro movies of seven minutes or less to a macro audience worldwide. A podium for both filmmakers and audience, it marries creative talent with global acclaim. To its pride pouch belong some of hollywood's hotshots like Sam Worthington, Joel Edgerton and Toni Colette.

Tropfest 2017
Tropfest 2017

2017 ushered in the 25th birthday of Tropfest. And on 11th February the green vibrance of Parramatta Park will play cradle to the silver jubilee celebrations of this year's Tropfest.

Tropfest 2017
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This not-for-profit organisation gravitates over 70,000 Troppers, a name that defines Tropfest fans, to its annual short film competition. The world premiere of the finalists is a free event and is a big crowd puller each year. In addition to the premiering 16 finalists, this 25th Anniversary will also bring to the audiences a screening of all 24 previous winners. The topic of inspiration, more commonly known as Tropfest Signature Item(TSI), for Tropfest 2017 is Pineapple.

Going by one of their blogs, the themes and ideas behind some of the finalists are very fascinating: "Amongst the finalists this year are films about the lengths one working mother will go to get a moment of peace from her hectic life (Can't I Sh#t in Peace?); a vegan couple facing the apocalypse without food (Meat and Potatoes); the rise and tragic fall of a popular YouTuber explored through the concept of online bullying (Diary of a Youtuber); and a little dog who decides to take action on his owner's troubling nocturnal activities (Accomplice)."

There is also a line-up of programs before the grand premiere on Saturday - Opening Night on 8th February, Crafts Award (recognition for distinction in every aspect of filmmaking) on 9th and Trop Jr at 12pm on Saturday, the 11th. As the name suggests, Trop Jr categorises films made by young filmmakers aged 15 or below. The TSI for this category is Masks.

Trop Jr kicks off at 12pm on Saturday followed by the screening of the past 24 winners at 2pm which prelude the Black Carpet arrivals at 6pm and the premier at 8pm. Though all the Saturday events are free, you can "pick your patch" by pre-booking a privileged spot for yourself. Priced at $49, it includes:
A comfy chair
Bird's eye view of the screen
Exclusive bar access
Pre-order from a choice of delicious hampers
25th Birthday, limited edition T-shirt for purchase

Otherwise, you can always arrive early and grab a good spot for yourself. For ease of access, the special Pineapple Express will run from Platform 5 of Central to Parramatta. It will leave at 12.05pm, 1.05pm and 2.10pm.

Lastly, if you are pondering whether to carry food or find something on the way, fret not. For where there is fun, there is often a feast. Food trucks will be parked at the show offering a variety of favourites to choose from. From BBQ Chicken, oysters, fish and chips to pizza and gozleme plus desserts and wine, you will find everything to top the festive mood.

The little films are ready to allure you; are you ready to give them a big round of applause!
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Why? Largest Short Film Festival
When: 11th February, 12pm onwards
Where: Paramatta Park, Parramatta
Cost: Free
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