By Simon de Bruyn
Tropfest founder John Polson has announced the final 16 short films that will compete in the 2009 Movie Extra Tropfest to be held in the Domain in Sydney on February 22.
During an informal media call in the Domain yesterday, Polson mingled with the 16 nominees including director Dimitri Ellerington and producer Vashti Rosenburg, whose film Dream what You Want, has made the final cut.
“It’s great our film gets the chance to screen in front of an amazing number of people at Tropfest. It’s possibly the biggest exposure to an audience any filmmaker can have,” Ellerington told INSIDEFILM.
“I think Tropfest is changing too, in terms of the sorts of films it is selecting. Over the last few years it has changed its focus away from what I would call ‘punchline short films’, and ours is a good example, as a generally understated silent film.”
Another finalist, Shannon Wilson, who produced Duane Fogwell’s short NYE, agreed.
“I think Tropfest is trying to change its focus a bit. Our film isn’t a comedy, I would describe it as more of an arthouse thriller, which is a bit mysterious and viewers can take their own meaning from it,” she said.
Wilson, who has produced a number of music videos and TVCs with Fogwell, said the shoot was ambitious, as they decided to film the whole short on New Year’s Eve, using a small Sony XD camera amid all the crowds staking out spots to watch the fireworks.
“We shot it in Kirribilli in the craziest conditions, with a five year old actor, in the heat, with the crowds and drunken backpackers. We directed, produced, and edited the film in 10 days, on a budget of $20," she said.
The full list of 16 finalists is:
Director: Rachel Givney
Be My Brother
Director: Genevieve Clay
Being Carl Williams
Director: Abe Forsythe
Director: Armand de Saint-Salvy
Director: Nathan Stone
Dream What You Want
Director: Dimitri Ellerington
Director: Tim Dean
Jackie’s Spring Palace
Director: Matthew Phipps
Director: Avi Lewin
Notes From A Scaresmith
Director: Scot Edwards
Director: Duane Fogwell
One in a Million
Director: Tom Vogel
Song for a Comb
Director: Sal Cooper
Director: Gerlee Scanlan & Rohan Jones
The Furry Cheque Book
Director: Bassett Dickson & Oliver Purser
Director: Luke Shanahan