Tropfest Australia is calling for submissions from amateurs and pros with a passion for storytelling, with entries opening on October 17.
The Tropfest main event returns on Saturday February 9 to Parramatta Park. The 2019 winner will join the ranks of successful Tropfest alumni making waves globally, including Alethea Jones, whose debut feature Fun Mom Dinner starred Toni Colette and Adam Levine. Her upcoming web series Queen America will star Catherine Zeta-Jones.
“Entering Tropfest was the best thing I could have done and it is without doubt the reason I am now a working director in America,” said Jones. “Toni Collette was a member of the Tropfest jury that awarded our short Lemonade Stand first place in 2012. She went on to star in my first feature film and has been amazingly supportive of me.”
In Tropfest tradition films must be no longer than seven minutes and must contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) – “Candle.” It is entirely up to entrants as to how they include the TSI in their films, with filmmakers encouraged to be as literal or as subtle as they like.
“Tropfest paved the way to success for some of the hottest film talent in the world, from critically-acclaimed directors to screen legends including Sam Worthington and Rebel Wilson. It’s a spectacular platform that spotlights budding talent and skyrockets them into global superstars,” said Tropfest founder and director John Polson.
Screen Australia CEO Graeme Mason added: “Tropfest is an important internationally renowned short film festival with an impressive legacy of uncovering emerging Australian talent. It’s an incredible career escalator and presents a unique opportunity for filmmakers to form connections in the industry and further develop their projects.”
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