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Q & A WITH JOHN POLSON ABOUT TROPFEST 2019

 

The world’s largest short film festival, TROPFEST AUSTRALIA  has been open for submissions from amateurs and pros alike from October this year.  The event of the Summer, the festival of short film returns on Saturday 9 February 2019 and we shot some questions through to Tropfest Founder and Director John Polson.

SAG:      The beginnings of Tropfest are now legendary.  Did you have a long term goal that night in 1993 at the Tropicana Café?

JOHN:   Honestly, no! I was a young actor / filmmaker who had made a film for a couple of hundred dollars and needed somewhere to show it — thus began the very first Tropfest (originally called the Tropicana Short Film Festival) back in 1993. 200 people squeezed into the Tropicana Cafe and watched my 10 minute film. The film was average, but the night was extraordinary! Continue reading Q & A WITH JOHN POLSON ABOUT TROPFEST 2019

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! TROPFEST OPENS 2019 SUBMISSIONS SOON

The world’s largest short film festival, Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance is encouraging submissions from amateurs and pros alike. Filmmakers with a burning passion for storytelling are invited to enter their films, with submissions opening 17 October 2018.

The Tropfest ‘main event’ returns on Saturday 9 February 2019 to Parramatta Park.

Every year, Tropfest lights the way to stardom for filmmakers from all backgrounds, screening stories live to crowds of thousands, with game-changing prizes up for grabs. The 2019 winner will join the ranks of successful Tropfest alumni making waves globally. Continue reading LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! TROPFEST OPENS 2019 SUBMISSIONS SOON

TECHNICAL SKILL THE MAIN INGREDIENT FOR TROPJR FINALISTS

Image above from TropJr winning film: Outcasts Anonymous
Banner Image: Best Actor winner: Dad from Rainbow Chasers

It’s the urban noise we all recognise , a large group of teenagers excited about something.  Travelling up the escalator to the cinema for the TropJr judging, the noise is inescapable.  And it’s not just the competitors in the prestigious event who have a buzz about them.  Siblings and carers all gather to watch as we media take photos, chat with the young people and do on camera interviews. Continue reading TECHNICAL SKILL THE MAIN INGREDIENT FOR TROPJR FINALISTS

TROPTALKS ARE HERE: BETTER BUY QUICK

Saroo Brierley 

TROPTALKS are here and with the extraordinary array of guest speakers, tickets will be snapped up quickly.

Presented by Western Sydney University  TROPTALKS are part of a week-long extravaganza of events, including the Craft Awards, Launch Party, and Trop Jr; with the week coming to a spectacular finale with the Tropfest main event on Saturday 17 February at Parramatta Park. Continue reading TROPTALKS ARE HERE: BETTER BUY QUICK

TROP JNR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

This image: Still from LOVE , ELLA. Katerina (Kat) Alexander
Banner image: Shooting RUN (Matthew Simmons)

In contrast to last year when it was so hot that the Trop Jnr films were transferred indoors, the announcements of the finalists for Trop Jnr this year was full of shivers.  At Old Government House Rotunda, Parramatta Park there was no shortage of lip gloss, leather jackets protecting young men and women from the wind and of course, caps on backwards. Nervous chatter from the young people and proud mums and dads comparing notes about other events and the legalities of copyright filled the space before a laughter filled group photo of the many creatives in front of the Tropfest Wall.  Continue reading TROP JNR FINALISTS ANNOUNCED

TROPFEST 2016

POSTCARDS TO ULAY; Runner up for 2016

There was a lot of love in the field for CGU Insurance at last night’s TROPFEST 2016. Originally a group of friends and family brought together by founder, John Polson at the Tropicana restaurant in Darlinghurst, TROPFEST has grown to be an icon of Australian culture and a major catch-up with friends and family each February.

Polsen acknowledged the ongoing funding issue and Ben Bessel Commercial Insurance Chief Executive for IAG, which owns the CGU business, explained about the many small businesses that have grown with and rely on TROPFEST which would have suffered also if the event did not go ahead.

And go ahead it did. Continue reading TROPFEST 2016