• 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.

  • HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE – THIRD PRIZE

    HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

    DIRECTOR: Tom Abood
    PRODUCER: Tom Abood
    STATE: NSW

    Join the conversation #HoniSoit

    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.

  • OFF THE METER

    OFF THE METER

    DIRECTOR: Carl J. Sorheim
    PRODUCER: Julian V. Costanzo
    STATE: VIC

    Join the conversation #OffTheMeter

    SYNOPSIS: Cab driver Daniel Folkmover has a heart of gold, dad jokes aplenty and a slightly shady operation on the side…

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Director, writer and actor, Carl J. Sorheim has had a keen interest in film, performance and writing as far back as he can recall. Moving from Norway to Australia to study theatre in 2003, he quickly fell in love with the beauty and diversity of Australia. With a soft spot for underdog stories, Sorheim worked tirelessly to find an outlet for his somewhat dark and sometimes comical view of the world. In 2010, Carl, with a bunch of great actors and storytellers, formed the production company Cameralla, to tell funny, strange and – hopefully – slightly different stories.

  • DARKNESS COMES

    DARKNESS COMES

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

    Join the conversation #DarknessComes

    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MAKEOVER – SECOND PRIZE

    MAKEOVER

    DIRECTOR: Don Percy
    PRODUCER: Don Percy
    STATE: VIC

    Join the conversation #Makeover

    SYNOPSIS: Spring is in the air… and it’s time for a change!

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Don Percy
 began
 shooting
 films
 at
 age
 10.
Soon after graduating from the Swinburne Film and Television School, came his award-winning short The Skateboard Saga. 
In
 1999
 Don
 directed
 the
 documentary
 Funny
 by
 George:
 The
 George
 Wallace
 Story
 for
 ABC TV.
 Shortly
 after,
 Don
 formed
 Adonis Films, and
 continues
 to
 direct
 TVCs,
 corporates,
 music
 videos
 and
 shorts as well as completing
 the
 short
 feature
 Inanimate Objects. With
 a
 desire
 to
 move
 into
 a
 more
 dramatic
 realm,
 Don
 currently
 has
 several
 film
 and
 television
 projects
 in
 development.

  • 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.

  • SINE

    SINE

    DIRECTOR: Adrian Cabrié
    PRODUCER: Alex Meerbach
    STATE: VIC

    Join the conversation #Sine

    SYNOPSIS: Out of jail, with nothing to lose, Adam’s robbery attempt takes a turn for the worse when he bumps in to an ex-girlfriend.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Adrian has written, directed & edited over 30 short films, with his works shown at a number of festivals over the years. After forming Truncated Pictures in 2004 with his brother Michel, they began work on a full-length feature film, ‘Verite’ (‘In Moments of Darkness’). Adrian’s second feature film is currently in pre-production, where he will oversee various elements of the filmmaking process.

  • ARIEL – DSLR CATEGORY WINNER

    ARIEL

    DIRECTOR: Claude Gonzalez
    PRODUCER: Claude Gonzalez
    STATE: NSW

    Join the conversation #Ariel

    SYNOPSIS: A man can make a small change in an unfair world

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Claude Gonzalez is director and producer who has worked in film and TV for a number of years.  He has made commercials, trailers, documentaries and television programs for SBS and the ABC.

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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