• 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.

  • THE SQUIRREL KING

    THE SQUIRREL KING

    DIRECTOR: Dimitri Ellerington
    PRODUCER: Dimitri Ellerington
    STATE: NSW

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    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.

  • 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.

  • COPING

    COPING

    DIRECTOR: Kaiya Jones
    PRODUCER: Julian Costanzo
    STATE: VIC

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    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.

  • SINE

    SINE

    DIRECTOR: Adrian Cabrié
    PRODUCER: Alex Meerbach
    STATE: VIC

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    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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • MAKEOVER – SECOND PRIZE

    MAKEOVER

    DIRECTOR: Don Percy
    PRODUCER: Don Percy
    STATE: VIC

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    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.

  • OFF THE METER

    OFF THE METER

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

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    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.

Latest News

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

Introducing #TROPVINE

Posted in Blog on Sunday 27.07.14

We’re excited to launch the inaugural #TROPVINE Competition – the ultimate challenge for short filmmakers! Anyone, from anywhere, is invited to create a six-second Vine film for the comp with the winner scoring a massive prize – a VIP experience at Tropfest Australia this December. Qantas will fly the winner and and a friend to... Read more

Alex Proyas Joins Tropfest Roughcut Line Up

Posted in Blog on Wednesday 09.07.14

We’re excited to announce that prolific director, Alex Proyas, best known for films such as I, Robot (2004), The Crow (1994) and Dark City (1998), will be joining us as the Keynote speaker at Roughcut on July 26, chatting to MC Marc Fennell about his incredible career to date. Proyas is currently working on the... Read more

Roughcut is back!

Posted in Blog on Wednesday 25.06.14

Troppers, get out your calendars and mark these details down: Tropfest Roughcut Saturday, July 26 Lend Lease Theatre, Darling Quarter, Sydney That’s right, we’re bringing our popular industry event, Tropfest Roughcut, back to Sydney in a few weeks! The full day event will feature conversations with industry heavyweights from Wolf Creek star John Jarratt to comedy great Dan Ilic. Including a mix... Read more

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