Filmmakers are being encouraged to enter a milestone year for the world’s largest short film festival – the 20th annual Movie Extra Tropfest Australia. Entrants have the opportunity to screen their short films in front of a massive live audience across Australia as well as hundreds of thousands of viewers live exclusively on MOVIE EXTRA on Sunday 19 February 2012.
Whether you’re a beginner or pro, Movie Extra Tropfest is open to anyone eager to tell their story through film. All you have to do is grab a camera and start shooting. Entries close Thursday 5 January 2012.
Films must be no longer than seven minutes and, in Tropfest tradition, must contain the Signature Item – LIGHT BULB. The 20th year TSI was chosen specifically because Tropfest is all about the importance of the central idea in film.
Tropfest’s 20th Birthday competition will be hotly contested, with organisers predicting the biggest year ever. More than 700 entries are expected from Australia and overseas. For the second year running, entries will be received online in partnership with YouTube and overseas finalists will be flown from their home city to attend the event in Sydney.
Filmmakers and fans alike will also be able to participate in a host of spin-off activities and events Tropfest is adding to celebrate 20 years of putting the spotlight on filmmaking talent. Organisers have three days of filmmaking celebrations planned, taking the Festival from the traditional one-day event to a full Tropfest weekend. There will be parties, screenings of Tropfest gems from the past, and special film industry events, with full details to be announced soon.
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