SONY TROPFEST: IT'S BACK AND IT'S FREE!
Sunday 17 February 2008.
The Australian Film Commission's Regional Digital Screen Network (RDSN) is celebrating its 1st birthday at the 2nd annual live via satellite transmission of the world's largest short film festival, Sony Tropfest 2008, from the Domain in Sydney on Sunday 17 February.
Venues in Port Augusta, Yarram, Hervey Bay, Devonport, Katherine, Wagga Wagga, Singleton and Albany that are part of the AFC's Regional Digital Screen Network (RDSN) will experience live via satellite the Sony Tropfest film festival and its red carpet and award ceremony events.
The first year of the RDSN was filled with many highlights. Some of the feature films showcased on the network included Noise, Clubland, The Home Song Stories, Lucky Miles and the Tropfest Feature Film Project production September. The documentary feature Bra Boys also screened. The 2007 program was completed by the overwhelmingly successful live via satellite transmission of The Australian Ballet's production of The Nutcracker, from the forecourt of the Sydney Opera House, in December.
And so we start the 2008 RDSN program with the Sony Tropfest Short Film Festival. The event provides the ultimate exhibition opportunity for filmmakers, giving them a chance to screen their films in one of the most unique festival environments in the world. From more than 600 entries each year, 16 finalists are selected to premiere their films to an audience of more than 150,000 people via simultaneous satellite screenings in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Perth, Hobart, Adelaide and regional locations around Australia. Each year the unique Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) must be included in each entry to show the film has been made specifically for Sony Tropfest. For 2008 the TSI is '8'.
It all began in the early 1990s, when up-and-coming director and actor John Polson approached the owner of the popular Tropicana Café in Darlinghurst to screen his short film for cast, crew and friends. The film, entitled Surry Hills: 902 Spring Roll, drew an amazing 200 people. Inspired by the turn out, Polson decided that a short film festival was the next step. In 1993 the Tropicana Short Film Festival (as it was then called) was born. John Polson is now an acclaimed actor and director, and Sony Tropfest claims the mantle of the world's largest short film festival.
Whether you viewed the 9 short films back in 1993, or joined us for the first time in 2007, the central aim of Sony Tropfest remains the same. That is, to stimulate the production of short films and then provide an audience for the work of Australia's emerging filmmakers.
Interviews are available with past Tropfest winners Steve Baker, who won in 2007 for the film An Imaginary Life, and Tony Rogers, who won Best Comedy in 2002 for the film Wilfred, which is now an award-winning series on SBS.
For more information please contact Izanda Ford on 02 9321 6439 or firstname.lastname@example.org