Tropfest Australia, widely recognised as the world’s largest short film festival, is officially calling for submissions.
As is the tradition with Tropfest entries, all shorts must contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI). This year’s TSI: “Rose”. Filmmakers are being encouraged to include the item in any way they see fit, as literal as they desire or in more subtle fashion.
Filmmakers will be competing to be one of 16 finalists whose short films premiere to tens of thousands of people and are broadcast to an even bigger home audience. Apart from the wide recognition that can come with such an event, there are a host of prizes up for grabs (yet to be announced).
Australia’s diversity and multicultural society is a major focus of Tropfest 2018.
“In 2017 Tropfest achieved gender equality for the first time ever, with 50% of the Festival finalists made by female filmmakers. This year, Tropfest will strive to further increase inclusivity, welcoming support from the NSW Government through Multicultural NSW to encourage culturally diverse filmmakers to submit their stories,” John Polson, Tropfest Founder and Director, said in a statement.
“Australia is one of the most multicultural countries on Earth, which makes for some unique perspectives. We are calling for diverse stories from filmmakers of all backgrounds to showcase in the heart of Parramatta, Western Sydney – one of Australia’s most ethnically vibrant communities.”
Added Ray Williams, Minister for Multiculturalism: “Nearly half of Australians were either born overseas or have at least one parent born overseas, so it’s only natural Tropfest tells the stories of our diverse society. The NSW Government encourages greater cultural diversity on our screens to reflect Australia’s rich multicultural identity.”
Parramatta Park will once again host the Tropfest ‘main event’ on Saturday, 17 February 2018. The event comes to life thanks to multiple-year partnerships with CGU Insurance, Parramatta Park Trust, City of Parramatta and Western Sydney University.
Amateur and pro filmmakers will be able to submit entries through the Tropfest website from October 15 2017 until 11 January 2018.