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.