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Catch Sydney's 'Tropfest' Short Film Festival Above Down Under

Where: Australia
February 19, 2013 at 12:12 PM | by | Comment (1)

Heard of Tropfest before? If not, mark it down to satisfy your film buff side, as it is Australia's most prestigious short film festival. During Tropfest, thousands of stars and star-gazers converge on Sydney to celebrate the art of filmmaking. 2013's Sydney Tropfest ended this last weekend, but luckily it's now a global event.

When it began 20 years ago the festival was named Tropicana Film Festival, since shortened to Tropfest. The first screening had about 200 spectators and, in contrast, this year's had about 150,000 heading to the city's park area named The Domain. Mother nature held off her fury long enough for people to relax on the grass and catch the 16 finalist films. And, for the first time, the festival was telecast on Australian network TV.

Whether funny or dramatic, each film must time out under 10 minutes. And even though it sounds like a cliche, just being a finalist is an honor at Tropfest. Still, the top award is usually seen as a golden ticket for skyrocketing a director's career. 2013's celeb-studded judges panel saw Avatar hottie Sam Worthington and Happy Feet voice Magda Szubanski sharing their opinions on the films.

If you can't enough of short films but also can't make it down under, don't worry; there are plenty of sister festivals around the globe. Tropfests now happen in Paris, India, Israel, New Zealand, China, Southeast Asia, Arabia and right here in New York, so you can celebrate unique filmmaking all over the world. To check out the winning film (and the other submissions), head on over to the Sydney Morning Herald and save some popcorn for us.

[Photo: Tropfest]

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Better then you think

It's funny, I expect short films to be a bit blah really, but the quality of these were really great. Such great and clever movies.

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