The next Tropfest short film festival will, for the first time in the festival’s history, take place at Parramatta.
The world-renowned inaugural festival will find its new home at Parramatta Park on Saturday, February 11, 2017, the result of a collaboration between Tropfest and the City of Parramatta Council.
The announcement was made at a media call attended by filmmaker and Tropfest Board member George Miller AO (Mad Max,), actor and previous Tropfest Judge Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Tropfest supporter Producer Marian Macgowan (Two Hands) and actors Brenton Thwaites (Gods of Egypt, Maleficent) and Tess Haubrich (Wolverine, Alien: Covenant).
“This opportunity to bring the dynamic world of filmmaking to a wider audience is extremely positive. Tropfest offers anyone aspiring to make movies the chance to show their work to 100,000 plus people, to go on to international film festivals and open doors to a career, here and around the globe,” Miller said.
“This festival is now in its 25th year. The first of its kind in the world, it remains a well-spring of talent and, thanks to the inspirational John Polson, has never lost its unique, grassroots, ‘give it a go’ attitude. A big shout out to Parramatta for recognising this and providing Tropfest a warm new home.”
Tropfest’s move to Parramatta is being pushed as a move to incorporate more people from all over the greater Sydney region.
“Western Sydney has produced some of the leading lights in the Australian film industry and Parramatta has a very strong arts community. City of Parramatta is immensely proud to support this wonderful event and I’m sure it will find a happy home here in Parramatta,” Council Administrator Amanda Chadwick added.
“Bringing Tropfest to Parramatta Park will give the event room to grow and prosper and will enable a whole new audience to discover the future stars of Australian film. We look forward to welcoming filmmakers and film fans from across Sydney and beyond to our city next February.”
Entries for the festival will open in September, with filmmakers aiming to earn acclaim for entries set to include this year’s Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): ‘Pineapple.’