Tropfest today announced that the craft awards will return to the festival in 2015.

Last held in 2011, these awards recognize excellence in cinematography, editing, scoring, screenwriting, VFX and sound design.

A ‘fruit trophy’ handmade by Dinosaur Designs plus a store credit from Nikon will be awarded to the best in each category from the 16 finalist films, which will be screened at live sites around Australia and on SBS2 on Sunday December 6.

Tropfest MD Michael Laverty said, “Over the past 23 years, Tropfest has had one singular goal in mind: to give filmmakers the platform to have their stories seen and heard. We do this every year because we hope that the enormous exposure a Tropfest screening offers, will directly and indirectly impact the careers of those who participate in the making of Tropfest short films.

“From filmmakers to cast, crew and creatives, whatever their discipline, Tropfest can be a game-changing moment.

“Now with the return of the craft awards, we’re able to share the limelight with the specialists who contribute in a huge way to make that incredible moment possible for the 16 selected filmmakers whose films are screened.”

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