Tropfest 2014 Entries are Open

13 August, 2014 by IF

Tropfest 2014 Entries are Open

Organisers of Australia’s most prestigious short film festival, Tropfest, are calling filmmakers as entries officially open for the 2014 Festival. Heading to Sydney’s Centennial Park for the second time and with a sunny December date, Tropfest Australia 2014 is planned to be bigger than ever.


The Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) this year is ‘MIRROR’, and has already led to some interesting interpretations.

One entrant for this year, Director and Writer David Boulton has been working on a dark-comedy about the notorious Sydney drug scene. He plans to tell the story of what goes on behind closed doors and the personal encounters dealers face. The film stars Melbourne comedian Ronny Chieng, who has appeared at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and has worked alongside US comedian Dave Chappelle.

Boulton plans to make a unique and interesting interpretation of this year’s TSI, through one of many different angles that audiences are sure to see on December 7.

Another entrant, musical theatre teacher and filmmaker Dianna Nixon, plans to integrate the issue of homelessness and displacement through the collaboration of music and art in her entry. Set on a winter day in Canberra, the musical is expected to have a strong community involvement.

“We start filming with a ‘concert scene’ that will involve a 30 voice five–part choir, five musicians, up to 400 in the audience, plus film crew and support team – probably 500 people altogether,” Nixon says.

“This year’s TSI is an interesting one and it will be great to see how filmmakers incorporate it creatively,” says John Polson, Festival Founder and Director. “We’re expecting to see some incredible stories.”

Entries for this year’s Tropfest open on August 13 and will close on October 2, 2014. Films must be no longer than seven minutes and must include this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): “MIRROR”. It is completely up to entrants as to how they interpret and include the TSI in their film and filmmakers are encouraged to be as creative or as literal as they like.

This year’s Festival is expected to be Tropfest’s biggest yet with scores of filmmakers around the country competing for the chance to be one of the 16 finalists whose short films will premiere live to a national audience of around 150,000, as well as broadcast free-to-air on SBS 2 to an even bigger home audience.

A panel of industry and celebrity judges will select a winner live on the Festival Night, with the First Prize-winning filmmaker to take home an incredible prize pack including: a brand new Toyota, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives thanks to Motion Picture Association and the Australian Screen Association plus a Nikon D800 + $2,000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories.

Filmmaking is no longer only for those with a foot in the industry's door. DSLR cameras, which have long been a staple for photographers, are fast becoming the most popular way for emerging and established filmmakers to shoot films.

Designed to give filmmakers an accessible outlet to express their creativity, the Nikon DSLR Film Category will showcase the versatility and capabilities of video recording technology in DSLR cameras. Currently around 50% of Tropfest entries are shot on DSLR, with Tropfest anticipating this figure to continue increasing.

The winner of the Nikon DSLR Film Category will receive a brand new Nikon D610 and $3000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories. All films entered into this category are also eligible to be selected for the big prize as one of the Official Finalists in the main competition.

Tropfest Australia also recently launched its inaugural #TROPVINE Competition, which is open to entrants all over the globe and is the first official Vine competition in Australia. The competition has proved to be a great platform for people to brainstorm and have fun with the TSI.

The six second Vine film competition runs over eight weeks with entries open until midnight on September 21, 2014. The shortlist will be unveiled on September 22 and the winner will be announced on September 27 with some great prizes up for grabs. Visit for details.

Tropfest had humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst where an eager crowd of 200 showed up to watch a short film screening that Tropfest founder John Polson had organised. Twenty two years on, Tropfest attracts a live audience of around 150,000 in Australia and the Festival has grown internationally with standalone competitions in New Zealand, South East Asia, New York and the Middle East.

For festival details, screening venues and regular updates on all things Trop visit:


Entering Tropfest Australia 2014
The Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) is: “MIRROR”.
All filmmakers must adhere to the following guidelines:
• Your film must be made specifically for Tropfest Australia 2014
• Your film’s first public screening must be Tropfest Australia 2014
• Your film must be no longer than 7 minutes (including titles and credits)
• Your film must contain the 2014 Tropfest Australia Signature Item (TSI) ‘MIRROR’
• Your film must be in 16:9 ratio
• Your film must be submitted to Tropfest Australia via our online entry system.

The first official #tropvine competition will be open for entries from 7pm, July 27, 2014 – midnight, September 21, 2014.

Entrants need to create a six-second Vine video incorporating the Tropfest TSI – ‘MIRROR’ – and post it to Twitter using the competition hasthags #tropvine #mirror and @TROPFEST.

After the entry has been moderated, it will appear on the Tropfest website and then be open to a public vote.
Up to 20 of the most popular Vines will be judged by an internal Tropfest jury.

The winning Vine-maker will be the recipient of a VIP trip to Tropfest Australia 2014, including Qantas flights to Sydney*, luxury accommodation at QT Sydney, Nikon camera gear, exclusive VIP tickets to Tropfest Australia 2014 and lunch with the crew from Twitter Australia!
Anyone, from anywhere around the world, is invited to enter.