Growing from humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst, where twenty-three years ago, an eager crowd of 200 showed up to watch a short film screening organised by Tropfest founder, John Polson, Tropfest is now the world’s largest short film festival. Attracting a live audience of around 150,000 in Australia, the Festival has grown internationally, hosting standalone competitions in New Zealand, South East Asia, New York and the Middle East in recent years.

This year’s Festival is expected to be Tropfest’s biggest yet and filmmakers from across the globe are being encouraged to enter. Scores of filmmakers compete annually for the chance to be one of the 16 finalists whose short films will premiere live to a national audience, as well as broadcast on SBS 2 to an even bigger home audience.

Tropfest Australia is now calling for entries for the 2015 competition. Film buffs will have an opportunity to unlock the door to stardom by having their stories screened to a massive live audience across Australia on Sunday, 6 December 2015.

Along with enormous attention from the local and international film community, the winner of Tropfest will also receive a $10,000 cash prize, plus trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film industry executives, as well as a Nikon D810 and $2,000 worth of lenses and accessories.

Filmmakers are encouraged to submit films shot on their DSLR for their chance to take home the Nikon DSLR Film Category prize. Finalists who make an entry on DSLR are automatically entered into both the DSRL category and main competition, giving them the chance to take home two prizes.

All you have to do is grab a camera and start shooting. Tropfest is open to anyone eager to tell their story through film, whether you’re a beginner or a professional.

Films must be no longer than seven minutes and in Tropfest tradition, must contain the Tropfest Signature Item – “CARD”.

John Polson, Tropfest Founder and Director said Tropfest is a phenomenal launching pad for filmmakers. “It’s been twenty-three years since Tropfest began. Today the event is a ground-breaking opportunity for filmmakers to showcase their skills in front of the largest live audience a short film, or any film for that matter, can get.”

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Major Events, Stuart Ayres, said the NSW Government is proud to be supporting Tropfest Australia 2015 through its tourism and major events agency Destination NSW. “Tropfest represents an important event for the Australian film industry and we are thrilled this exciting festival will be returning to Sydney’s beautiful Centennial Park to host one of Australia’s most iconic cultural events. With 2015 entries now open, I encourage filmmakers across the nation to enter for the opportunity to have their film showcased at the world’s largest short film festival,” he said.

Entries close on Thursday, 8 October 2015.

Sandra Tiltman



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