• STILL LIFE

    STILL LIFE

    DIRECTOR: Martin Sharpe
    PRODUCER: Martin Sharpe
    STATE: VIC

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    SYNOPSIS: Life’s never still for long

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Passionate about films since being awestruck by Jurassic Park at 11, Martin began to write and direct. His first short film The Crimson Room starring Ashleigh Zukerman went on to screen at over 30 international festivals and win the Golden Palm award at the Mexico International Film Festival. Martin is currently studying Visual Effects & 3D animation at AIE, where he met the Still Life team, and is in the process of preparing his next short film.

  • HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE – THIRD PRIZE

    HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

    DIRECTOR: Tom Abood
    PRODUCER: Tom Abood
    STATE: NSW

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    SYNOPSIS: War is always told differently from a soldier’s perspective.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Tom Abood first started making films at thirteen and knew from that age that this is what he wanted to do. At 18, Tom joined the Australian Army as part of the gap year program and was inspired by the stories he heard from veteran diggers. In 2012, Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media from Macquarie University. He now currently works in postproduction at WTFN Entertainment.

  • L.O.V.E. INSURANCE FOR THE HEART

    L.O.V.E. INSURANCE FOR THE HEART

    DIRECTOR: Rachel Lane
    PRODUCER: Rachel Lane
    STATE: NSW

    Join the conversation #LoveInsurance

    SYNOPSIS: Before you commit to that next relationship make sure you get an L.O.V.E Inspection first.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Growing up in Forbes NSW didn’t exactly provide a thriving metropolis of budding filmmakers for Rachel. After completing her BA in Film Production, she found the less glamourous role of unit assistant, but quickly realised she needed to produce her own films projects. She has been doing so ever since, as well as working on various TV shows, and shooting commercial photography projects.

  • TRUTH IS…

    TRUTH IS…

    DIRECTOR: Ben Davies
    PRODUCER: Conor Reid
    STATE: NSW

    Join the conversation #TruthIs

    SYNOPSIS: The true story behind Australia’s brutal bikie war.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Ben Davies is a TV producer who makes factual TV programs and documentaries. He is both the creator and series producer of the international hit TV series Bondi Rescue. He has won 6 Logies and had an AFI nomination.

  • THE SQUIRREL KING

    THE SQUIRREL KING

    DIRECTOR: Dimitri Ellerington
    PRODUCER: Dimitri Ellerington
    STATE: NSW

    Join the conversation #TheSquirrelKing

    SYNOPSIS: Meet Ricky Powell; The Lazy Hustler, The Bummy Sophisticate…The Squirrel King

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: After slumming his way through art college, Dimitri was lucky enough to find himself as the production runner on the first “Babe” feature. For him, it was a profound experience and inspired him to pursue a career in film and television. After graduating from the VCA Film School, he’s been working as an Assistant Director, while developing short, doco & feature projects. In 2005, Big Men; Bigger Dreams, his first documentary, was nominated for both an AFI and Dendy Award, and his short film Dream What You Want was a finalist in Tropfest Australia 2009.

  • REVIVE – People’s Choice Award

    REVIVE

    DIRECTOR: Ruben Pracas
    PRODUCER: Chae Ryan
    STATE: WA

    Join the conversation #Revive

    SYNOPSIS: A young businessman decides to take it upon himself to be the change he wishes to see in the world – one crazy costume at a time.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Inspired by the success of his short film The Offertory and his work as producer on the ATOM award winning BLINDSPoT, Ruben began applying for small funding initiatives for films and television. With two of his projects receiving funding, he quickly wanted to gain more on-set experience. After volunteering on ‘bigger shoots’, including a few TVCs and feature films, he acquired the knowledge, skills and confidence to make Revive happen.

  • STEW

    STEW

    DIRECTOR: Steven Woodburn
    PRODUCER: Sam Smith
    STATE: NSW

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    SYNOPSIS: Just two cappuccino’s, and … STEW

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Steven grew up in the Central West of NSW, but on finishing High School quickly packed his bags and headed for the bright lights of Sydney. After studying drama Steven eventually moved into directing and started up Day One Films. He has since written and directed four short films, which have been shown at festivals throughout Australia. STEW is Steven’s second attempt at Tropfest with his first ‘Spider’ earning him a ‘Bright Spark Award’ at Tropfest 2008.

  • DARKNESS COMES

    DARKNESS COMES

    DIRECTOR: John Marsh
    PRODUCER: John Marsh & Dane Hallett
    STATE: NSW

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    SYNOPSIS: A desperate man, a derelict farmhouse, an ever-present menace: What happens when darkness comes?

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Having grown up in a fantasy world fuelled by the great outdoors, comic books, cartoons and film, it was clear very early on that John Marsh was destined to be a ‘creative’. John’s directorial debut Happenstance was an award-winning finalist at Tropfest in 2010, which has since travelled the word and played at many prestigious film festivals. John recently co-founded the production company Idea Garage with long-time collaborator and friend Dane Hallett and Darkness Comes is the first collaboration from their stables.

  • CHARADES

    CHARADES

    DIRECTOR: Julian Lucas
    PRODUCER: Jack White
    STATE: VIC

    Join the conversation #Charades

    SYNOPSIS: Practice doesn’t always make perfect

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Julian is a freelance filmmaker from Melbourne. Although he has written and directed a few short films in the past, his passion lies with music videos and comedies. The filmmaking lifestyle suits him perfectly. People have told him that working from home is something that 60 year olds do, but he’s pretty content paving his own way in life.

  • BAMBOOZLED – WINNER DEC 2013

    BAMBOOZLED

    DIRECTOR: Matt Hardie
    PRODUCER: Matt Hardie
    STATE: NSW

    Join the conversation #Bamboozled

    SYNOPSIS: No matter what changes, love is forever.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Originally from WA, Matt moved to Sydney in 2006 to attend the acting course at NIDA. Since graduating, Matt has appeared as an actor in a number of roles in theatre, film and television. Last year Matt wrote and directed Let it Rain, which won the Nikon DSLR category at Tropfest February 2013. The success of the film has inspired Matt to pursue his writing and directing as well as his acting.

  • COPING

    COPING

    DIRECTOR: Kaiya Jones
    PRODUCER: Julian Costanzo
    STATE: VIC

    Join the conversation #Coping

    SYNOPSIS: Sometimes it takes a tragedy to change a person.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Born in Scotland, Kaiya moved to Australia at the age of 8 and at the age of 10, decided herself that she wanted to become and actor. Having worked on TV series The Saddle Club and Neighbours, she was constantly surrounded by enthusiastic filmmakers. She made multiple short films for fun but with help from Julian Costanzo and other incredibly talented individuals, completed what is now a Tropfest Australia finalist film.

Latest News

Entries are now closed!

Posted in Blog on Friday 10.10.14

Congratulations to everyone who worked on an entry for Tropfest Australia 2014! Since entries closed yesterday afternoon, we’ve been flat out processing just over 600 entries submitted to this year’s competition. Here at Tropfest we feel very privileged to see the work of such diverse and talented filmmakers – now more than ever it’s clear that... Read more

Need production music or stock footage?

Posted in Blog on Friday 29.08.14

As you may have heard, the team at Getty Images are offering Tropfest filmmakers FREE access to their library of content. Over 50 of you have registered already, and we’re looking forward to seeing how you use their library of over 1,800,000 downloadable clips in your own storytelling practice. Need inspiration? Check out this underwater... Read more

11 Simple Vine Tips

Posted in Blog on Thursday 28.08.14

Thinking about making a six second Vine film for our #tropvine comp? With prizes like these, we don’t blame you! To help with your entries, we’ve compiled some best practice Vine tips for you. Vine expert, Ian Padgham (@origiful) shared these six tips on the Twitter Media Blog, republished here with permission. Tip 1: Get a... Read more

ENTRIES ARE OPEN!

Posted in Blog on Tuesday 12.08.14

After months of seeing behind-the-scenes pics of your Tropfest entries, we’re excited to announce that Entries Open day has arrived!. That’s right, you can now enter your film into Tropfest Australia 2014 We can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on, and how you’ve interpreted the TSI, “MIRROR”. This year’s Festival is expected to... Read more

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