ENTER TROPFEST, THE WORLD'S LARGEST
SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
For the past twenty six years, Tropfest Australia has attracted the largest audience a short film can receive globally. Out of hundreds of entries made specifically for the festival, our pre-selectors choose the 16 'best' entries to be the official Tropfest Finalists. Those films are shown live to tens of thousands of people at Parramatta Park, and to many more via our broadcast and various other platforms. As an upcoming filmmaker, there’s simply no better way to have your work celebrated than in front of thousands of people who love independent film, as well as those who can make a real difference in your career.
TROPFEST FILMMAKER INFORMATION
Since it began 26 years ago, Tropfest has become the largest platform for short films in the world. Dozens of writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, editors, production designers and others have been launched from Tropfest to established, professional careers. Enter Tropfest for your chance to be one of our 16 finalists! You’ll need to create a film that includes this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): “ROSE”. Filmmakers are invited to incorporate the TSI in anyway that suits their film. Films must be no longer than 7 minutes including titles and credits, and Tropfest must be its world premiere. Download our Filmmaker Entry Kit for more information, including technical requirements.
The Best of 2017
Our Selection Process
Each year, Tropfest assembles a Jury of some of the world’s most established film practitioners and others to judge the Finalists live on the night. The Tropfest Jury is made up of well known actors, directors, writers, producers and others who watch the Finalists live on the Tropfest night (right alongside the crowd!) and score them. Those results are then tallied and the highest score wins the night and the year!
The judges are asked to use their own judgment but, in general, Tropfest instructs the Jury to evaluate the films based on execution, strength of idea, creativity, expression of the filmmaker’s talent, and most interesting use of the ‘TSI’. Budgets are not a factor at Tropfest, with many of the previous winners having cost as little as a few hundred dollars or even less.
The Jury will also choose winners in the Best Actor and Best Actress categories, and there may be other awards like the People’s Choice Award and an Audience Award.
NURTURING YOUNG FILMMAKERS
Trop Jr is a short film festival featuring films produced by individuals or teams aged 15 years and younger, and has been part of Tropfest since 2008. At it’s heart, Trop Jr is all about encouraging young filmmakers to explore their creativity through film. Since it began, Trop Jr has tapped into a huge community of young kids with an enormous passion for filmmaking. In the Festival’s short history, we’ve celebrated the work of some seriously talented young filmmakers. We have no doubt that many of those who enter Trop Jr will be part of the next generation of successful career filmmakers.
TROP JR FILMMAKER INFORMATION
Each year, just like Tropfest, Trop Jr includes a “signature item” which needs to be incorporated into the entries to ensure that they are unique and are made specifically for Trop Jr. This year’s signature item is: “RAINBOW”. Entries must be seven minutes or less, and Trop Jr must be their world premiere. Download our Filmmaker Entry Kit for more information, including technical requirements.