Tropfest 2013 at the Domain, Sydney

Join us at the Domain, Sydney on Sunday February 17 for the main screening  of Tropfest 2013.

John Polson started the ‘Tropicana Short Film Festival’ (as it was originally known) as an informal short film screening for cast, crew and friends at the Tropicana Cafe in Sydney’s Darlinghurst. More than 200 people showed up for that first screening. Inspired by the turn out, John decided that a full-fledged short film festival was the next step.

Twenty one years on, Tropfest Australia attracts a live national audience of around 150,000 people on a single night. The main event is hosted at Sydney’s Domain in the Royal Botanic Gardens, with live satellite links to outdoor locations in major cities including Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Wollongong, Hobart and Surfers Paradise.

Tropfest is FREE to attend.

The festival itself is an outdoor celebration complete with live music and entertainment, public catering and bars, red carpet arrivals and the highly anticipated film screenings followed by an awards ceremony.


(Times are approximate)

11:00am – Gates Open
12:00pm – Trop Jr 2013 starts
3:00pm – Tropfest 2013 starts
3:20pm – Live performance – Round the Corner
4:15pm – Live performance – MEG MAC
5:15pm – Live performance – Clubfeet
5:50pm – APRA Tropscore
6:00pm – Red Carpet Arrivals
7:15pm – Live performance – Kate Miller-Heidke
7:30pm – Official Festival Program Commences
8:00pm – Finalist Films

1. Great Day
2. Let It Rain
3. Time
4. Scene 16
5. Monobrow
6. Inside
7. The Pledge for Mister Bunny
8. Ca$h Cow – a 63% true story
9. Cargo
10. Taser
11. Punctured
12. Better than Sinatra
13. Remote
14. The Hustle
15. A Man Walks Into A Bar…
16. We’ve All Been There

10:00pm – Judging Time Out
10:15pm – Award Ceremony and 2014 TSI Announcement
10:30pm – Live performance by RÜFÜS

After the festival come and celebrate at the official Tropfest After Party!
Cake Wines Tropfest Pop Up Bar
77 George St, The Rocks, NSW 2000

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Festival FAQ’s

When is it?

Tropfest 2013 takes place on Sunday, Feb 17.

What does it cost?

Tropfest is a FREE event.

What time do I need to get there?

Get down early to score the best spot!

Gates open at 11am.

Trop Jr, our competition for filmmakers aged 15 and under kicks off at noon.
The main festival program will start at 6pm with red carpet arrivals and the films will start at approximately 7:30pm.

How do I get there?

Tropfest is conveniently located at The Domain in the heart of Sydney’s CBD and is easy to get to by either train or bus. The Domain Park is only a short stroll from either St James or Martin Place train station.

Is there food and drink available?

You can purchase food and drinks from our public bars and food tents.

What do I need to bring?

Here is our fail-safe checklist:

• picnic rug (please avoid picnic rugs with plastic undersides,where possible)
• hat
• sunscreen
• sunglasses
• a plastic bag for your rubbish
• insect repellent
• a rug for once the sun goes down
• a raincoat if the weather looks like taking a turn for the worst
• a picnic if you’re planning on self-catering!

Can I bring alcohol?

Tropfest works with Cake Wines, Kopparberg and 4 Pines Brewing Co. to bring you alcoholic refreshments on the day.
But please feel free to bring your own bottle of wine or a few beers if you prefer – please use plastic cups and drink responsibly.

Can I bring my furry friends?

You can bring your dog – but remember, this is a film event! Noisy pups or dogs that don’t like crowds are not a good idea. Please keep your fellow Trop-goers in mind – keep your canine under control and be sure to dispose of any ‘indiscretions’.

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