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.