Tropfest Australia 2015 entries closed on October 8, 2015.

Tropfest is about great stories, told well.

Films can be about anything but need to include the annual Tropfest Signature Item (TSI), which for 2015 is “CARD”.

Tropfest was established to encourage production, not just exhibition. Our event is not just about showing films – it’s about making them. We aim to provide you with the opportunity to showcase your work to as wide an audience as possible, not only with the fantastic premiere your film will receive if selected for Tropfest Australia 2015, but also by utilising a variety of distribution outlets following the festival.

We expect that over 100,000 people will come together in venues around the country on Sunday December 6 2015, with hundreds of thousands more watching at home via SBS 2, to view the Official Finalist Films.


Not sure what the TSI is? Here's what you need to know.



Tropfest is about encouraging production of film, not just exhibition, so it's a requirement of entry that your film is made specifically for the Festival. 

The TSI (or Tropfest Signature Item) is a way for us to know that your film has been made for the Festival.

The TSI for Tropfest Australia 2015 is "CARD". You can include the TSI in your film in any way you like and any interpretation of “CARD” is accepted – business card, greeting card, sim card, memory card, credit card, cardboard etc. You can create a whole story idea around the TSI, or you can choose to have in the script or even in the background of a shot somewhere. Be creative!


The winning filmmaker is set to receive enormous attention from the local and international film community PLUS:

  • $10,000 cash prize thanks to Kennedy Miller Mitchell 
  • A trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film industry executives, thanks to the Motion Picture Association and the Australian Screen Association. 
  • A Nikon D800 + $2,000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories 
  • Plus more to be announced


  • 2nd Place
  • 3rd Place
  • DSLR Film Award
  • Best Female and Male Actor (donated by Nicole Kidman)


  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Editing
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best VFX
  • Best Sound Design
  • Best Original Score

 The Tropfest Craft Awards were last held in 2011, and return in 2015 thanks to the support of Nikon.  

A coveted ‘fruit trophy’ hand made by Dinosaur Designs plus a generous store credit from Nikon will be awarded to the best in each category from the 16 finalist films.



Thanks to Nikon, world leader in camera and lens technology, the DSLR film category will return this year!

Filmmakers are invited to enter the category by making their Tropfest entries on DSLR camera. Entries will be eligible for the main film festival competition along with all other films but will also be eligible, under the DSLR Film Category, to win prizes presented by Nikon!

The same rules of entry apply to all films entered into Tropfest Australia 2015. Films must include the TSI ‘CARD’, can be no longer than seven minutes, must have never been seen by a public audience and must be specifically made for Tropfest.


We are excited to partner with Getty Images, the world’s leading provider of digital content, again in 2015.



As a special deal for Tropfest filmmakers, Getty Images are giving you FREE access to their selected content collections (over 300,000 clips and 30,000 music tracks).

Or, if you prefer, you can access the full collection of Getty Images video (over 2.1 million clips) at a special rate.

Find that perfect clip you can't get around to shooting yourself - for establishing shots, transitions or green screen backgrounds. Complement it with production music - from sound-effects to laugh tracks to grand anthems.

Get started here.



All filmmakers must adhere to the following guidelines:

- Your film must be made specifically for Tropfest Australia 2015

- Your film’s first public screening must be Tropfest Australia 2015

- Your film must be no longer than 7 minutes (including titles and credits)

- Your film must contain the Tropfest Australia 2015 Signature Item (TSI) "CARD" in some way

- Your film must be in 16:9 ratio and PAL (25fps) format

- You must pay the entry fee of $45AUD (inc GST) and submit and upload via our online entry system in the correct format and received NO LATER than 6pm AEST (Australian Eastern Daylight Time) on October 8, 2015.


Please read the full Official Terms & Conditions and Entry Guidelines or download from 'Additional Resources' below.

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We believe that everyone has a story to tell ... and that those stories deserve an audience.

John Polson, Founder of Tropfest