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Josh Leake Wins the MPA Top Prize for “Emptys” At TROPFEST Short Film Festival

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After nearly eight hours of programming and in front of a capacity crowd of more than 10,000 people, Tropfest – the world’s largest short film festival - concluded in New York with Josh Leake of Portland, Oregon claiming the top prize for a film called “Emptys,” made for merely $1,300 dollars. The aspiring filmmaker beat out seven other hopefuls in the first ever U.S. Tropfest competition, and earned $20,000 from the Motion Picture Association (MPA).  Alexander Poe came in second and Ma...

Hugh Jackman will host the main event at Tropfest NY

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Tropfest began twenty years ago when Director John Polson (Hide & Seek, Tenderness) showed a six-minute film he made for under $100 at his local café in Sydney, Australia, for 200 guests. Today the annual free festival in Sydney receives thousands of submissions, is attended by more than 150,000 people and watched live via satellite by hundreds of thousands more. This summer Tropfest arrives in the U.S. beginning with a weekend of activities at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, June 1-3, cel...

Stars Outshine Lightening for Tropfest’s 20th Birthday

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Alethea Jones, from Melbourne won Tropfest’s 20th Birthday competition.  Jones’s film “Lemonade Stand” was awarded first prize by a stellar judging panel of Oscar Winners - Geoffrey Rush, Nicole Kidman, Cate Blanchett and acclaimed actresses Toni Collette and Asher Keddie.   Australian directors Alex Proyas and Kieran Darcy-Smith, visiting New Yorker - screenwriter Charles Randolph, Tropfest Arabia Winner Jassem Al Jabbouri and 2011 Movie Extra Tropfest winner ...

Tropfest has staged the first ever Tropfest ‘Roughcuts’, with film industry heavyweights such as Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush

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  A DAY OF FILM INSIGHT FOR ROUGH BUFFS                                                                                                                                                 Tropfest in collaboration with Screen NSW has staged the first ever Tropfest ‘Roughcuts’, with film industry heavyweights such as Oscar winner Geoffrey Rush, and seas...

Past winners at Fantasporto 1981 / 2011

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WINNERS FANTASPORTO     1981 (Non-Competitive Festival)   1982 Grand Prix Fantasporto 82:  The Redemeer - Krsto Papic (Jugoslavia)   1983 Grand Prix Fantasporto 83: Scanners - David Cronenberg (Canada)   1984 Grand Prix Fantasporto 84: Le Dernier Combat - Luc Besson (France)   1985 Grand Prix Fantasporto 95: The Company of the Wolves - Neil Jordan (UK)   1986 Grand Prix Fantasporto 86: ...

Filmmakers Fire Up For Tropfest’s 20th Birthday!

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Movie Extra Tropfest Australia today announces the 15 lucky filmmakers who will light up screens across the nation for Tropfest’s 20th competition. Finalists include second generation filmmaker Matilda Brown, Damian McLindon, director of the self-help documentary The Secret, and Tropfest’s youngest ever finalist, 16 year old star of the Foxtel hit series ‘Tangled’, Eva Lazzaro. For the second year, Tropfest fans have the opportunity to choose the 16th Finalist that will premiere at the ...

Tropfest Announces Roughcut 2012

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Tropfest announced today Charles Randolph, celebrated international screenwriter and producer of the 2011 box office hit Love and Other Drugs, will present the keynote address at filmmaker symposium, Tropfest Roughcut, on Saturday 18 February, 2012. Randolph will travel from New York to Sydney for the event.   Also confirmed to speak is high-profile Australian film editor Jason Ballantine and Kieran Darcy-Smith, whose new feature, Wish You Were Here, has been selected to open the ...

Tropfest thrilled with submissions levels

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The self procalaimed world’s largest short film festival MOVIE EXTRA TROPFEST announces that entries are now closed. Finalist announcement revealed on February 3rd, 2012. Sixteen lucky finalists will have their work screened to a massive live audience at events across Australia on Sunday 19 February 2012, with both international and interstate finalists flown from their home city to Sydney to join in the celebrations. The event will also be televised live to hundreds of thousands of viewers ...

Tropfest’s Take on the New York Minute

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The New York minute is being multiplied by seven as Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival lands on US shores with Tropfest New York. The stateside launch has secured support from film industry heavyweight “Ambassadors” Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Liev Schreiber, Anthony LaPaglia and Charles Randolph. Tropfest New York City festivities are scheduled for June 2012. American filmmakers and audiences will take part in this global phenomenon and watch ...

Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival

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Establishing itself as a New York film tradition on par with its Down Under namesake, Tropfest NY, the world’s largest short film festival, today announced it will return to downtown Manhattan for its third year on Friday, September 26, 2008. Previously presented at Trofest@Tribeca in association with the Tribeca Film Festival, Tropfest NY 2008 marks the first time the free public outdoor festival will be presented independently by Tropfest and its founder John Polson. Tropfest NY will bring a...

Tropfest At Tribeca

 Wedneday, September 20---------- A little bit of Australia is making its way to downtown Manhattan this Sunday, when Tropfest@Tribeca 2007, the latest venture by the Tribeca Film Festival, gets into gear to offer New York film buffs a chance to sample some of the world's most provocative short films. Tropfest began in Australia in 1993 and has become the world's largest short film festival. Now, a New York version will unspool as a FREE EVENT (nice)  at the World Financial Center Plaza near G...

Stars & Streakers Steal the Stage at Sydney’s Tropfest

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As festival judge Geoffrey Rush announced the winners in front of a 130,000 strong national audience, bursting at the seams to fit into Sydney’s Domain for Sydney’s Tropfest, he proudly declared; “When I look out here at the enormous crowd, and at all the talent up on stage, I see the Australian film industry is not in the doldrums!” It was a night full of surprises; Firstly, because it didn’t rain. (Gloomy weather had threatened to rain on Sydney’s red carpet parade, but just as ...

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