Simon Baker.

Simon Baker and Rebecca Gibney have signed on to judge this year's Tropfest.

Cinematographer Don McAlpine (Moulin Rouge, The Dressmaker) and Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker), will also join the judging panel. 

These judges, with more to be announced in the coming days, will decide who of the 16 Tropfest finalist filmmakers will take home the coveted fruity trophy, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with industry execs, a Hyundai Tuscon for a year, and a Nikon D800 plus $2,000 of lenses and accessories.

Thanks to CGU Insurance stepping at the eleventh hour as major sponsors, Tropfest is again staging a free celebration of short film at Centennial Parklands, culminating in the world premiere of 16 spectacular short films incorporating this year’s Tropfest Signature Item.

The festival fun starts from 11am when gates open for Trop Jr, the world’s largest short film festival – for kids – presented by the Australian Children’s Television Foundation.  

Fifteen films from filmmakers aged 15 years and younger will make their premiere at Trop Jr, with winners announced around 2.30pm.

From 3pm Tropfest gets into gear with live music and good vibes including sets from rock duo Winterbourne, pop beats wonder woman KLP, and The Preatures’ singer Gideon Bensen.  Be one of the first to hear Bensen’s newly release single All New Low.