Tropfest Australia 2015 entries will open in August and close on October 8.

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!

Submission Guidelines

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 the entry deadline time and date


Please read the full Terms and Conditions of Entry below.

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John Polson, Founder of Tropfest