Tropfest is Australiaâ€™s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. At home, Tropfest is recognised for its enormous contribution to the development of the Australian film industry by providing unique platforms for emerging filmmakers through its events and initiatives, and new and expanded audiences for their work.
John Polson started the â€˜Tropicana Short Film Festivalâ€™ (as it was originally known) as an informal short film screening for cast, crew and friends at the Tropicana Cafe in Sydneyâ€™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 years on, Tropfest Australia attracts a live national audience of more than 150,000 people on a single night. The event is hosted at Sydneyâ€™s Domain in the Royal Botanic Gardens, with live satellite links to outdoor locations in major cities including Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Surfers Paradise.
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