Tropfest – the biggest short film festival in the world

A couple of weeks ago, I went to  Tropfest, the biggest short film festival in the world.

Starting 19 years ago in a Surry Hills bar, the free festival now attracts a shit load of people (around 80,000 I’m told) who gather on picnic blankets in Sydney’s Botanical Gardens to watch 17 short films in the open air.  It’s a big deal. It’s broadcast throughout Australia and has a panel of high profile judges, including this year, Olivia Newton-John.  And here’s the clever bit; each film has to premier on the night, it must be less than seven minutes long, and it must feature a ‘signature’ object, this year being a ‘key’.

I won’t talk about the controversy surrounding the winner (Badger Badger Badger anyone?), but instead wanted to share a few of my favorites from the fest.

SILENCER. Directed by Doug Bayne & David Collins


BIRD THERAPY Directed by Damien Freeleagus


MONKEYS Directed by Joel Edgerton


And here’s the winner, ANIMAL BEATBOX. Directed by Damon Gameau.


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