• 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.

  • SORRY BABY

    SORRY BABY

    DIRECTOR: Spencer Harvey & Lloyd Harvey
    PRODUCER: Spencer Harvey & Lloyd Harvey
    STATE: NSW

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    SYNOPSIS: Sometimes, sorry doesn’t cut it.

    DIRECTOR’S BIO: Spencer and Lloyd Harvey are a sister/brother writer and director duo born in Sydney. The pair have taken from pen to screen a myriad of short films that have achieved multiple awards and international and national festival screenings. They have been offered official selections from the likes of coveted Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals: Palm Springs International ShortsFest, Austin Film Festival, FLICKERS Rhode Island Film Festival and L.A. Shorts Fest. They are currently writing their feature debut.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • REVIVE – People’s Choice Award

    REVIVE

    DIRECTOR: Ruben Pracas
    PRODUCER: Chae Ryan
    STATE: WA

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    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

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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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Tropfest travels to Africa!

Posted in Blog on Wednesday 05.03.14

That’s right! We’re taking Tropfest on a tour of South Africa, Kenya and Zimbabwe in March! As a guest of the Australian High Commission in Pretoria, Tropfest Managing Director Michael Laverty, will visit Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Pretoria to present a series of short film screenings to South African audiences. The film program will comprise highlights... Read more

‘Revive’ wins People’s Choice Award!

Posted in Blog on Monday 16.12.13

Your reviews are in… The winner of the Tropfest People’s Choice Award is ‘Revive’ by Ruben Pracas! Congratulations to Ruben, Chae and to the entire ‘Revive’ team! ‘Revive’ was closely followed by Don Percy’s ‘Makeover’ and Tom Abood’s ‘Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense’. Congrats to all! The Tropfest People’s Choice Award was determined by... Read more

BAMBOOZLED takes out First Prize at Tropfest Australia 22!

Posted in Blog on Monday 09.12.13

Huge congratulations to Matt Hardie for taking out First Prize at Tropfest Australia 22 last night! His film BAMBOOZLED was selected by a panel of heavy hitting industry judges including Hollywood producer Bruna Papandrea, award-winning writer/director Kriv Stenders, internationally-acclaimed director Robert Luketic, Academy Award-winning filmmaker Adam Elliot, Australian actor/director Nash Edgerton and award-winning Actor Susie... Read more

It’s Tropfest Day!

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized on Saturday 07.12.13

It’s Tropfest day! We’re set and ready to roll, live from Centennial Park! If you need any info on how to get to the event, head here. You can also download our event map here. We strongly encourage the use of public transport and have organised additional bus and train services all day to meet... Read more

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