Trop Jr deadline fast approaching

16 December, 2010 by IF

Press release from Tropfest

Trop Jr – the world’s largest short film festival for kids, by kids – announces junior movie makers have under four weeks to get their films in by Thursday 6 January 2011.


Incredible prizes are up for grabs as well as the opportunity for finalists to have their short films screened at the Domain in Sydney ahead of the iconic Movie Extra Tropfest event on Sunday 20 February 2011.

Trop Jr and Tropfest have become major drawcards for film lovers across the nation, attracting hundreds of thousands of fans every year.

To enter Trop Jr, young people, 15 years of age or under, must create a film that is no longer than seven minutes, and include the Trop Jr Signature Item for 2011 – FAN.

To get your lights, camera, and action going for the 2011 festival check out for tips, hints and insider winning info.

Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson says it’s definitely not too late to get a winning entry together. “It’s not about fancy equipment, it’s about having a great idea and giving it your best shot. Trop Jr is about giving young filmmakers a voice, so get out there and tell your story and share your great idea,” he says.

Some of the great prizes on offer include a digital video camera and a special educational filmmaking experience at the ABC3 film and television production studios, thanks to Major Media Partner ABC3; $1,000 worth of short courses through AFTRS (The Australian Film, Television and Radio School) Open Program; and some great merchandise from new Major Partner, footwear and apparel brand, Onitsuka Tiger.

From school groups, to individual school holiday projects, Trop Jr is about encouraging kids to explore their creative talents, get experience in filmmaking, and to shine amongst their peers.

Trop Jr attracted around 80 entries in its first year, now three years on the festival now attracts around 180 entries and is firmly established as one of Australia’s most popular filmmaking initiatives for kids.

Last year Peter Richardson & Josh Raish’s short ‘Every Coin Has Two Sides’ beat 13 other finalists wowing audiences across Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Surfers Paradise and Brisbane.

Richardson says, “Trop Jr was an awesome experience for us. We had so much fun with cinematography, film is such a great way to express yourself, and we learned so much.”

Visit for entry and information and subscribe to Trop Jr News for regular updates. If you’re too old for Trop Jr, visit Movie Extra Tropfest 2011 at for festival details.