Festival Name: Movie Extra Tropfest
Location: Sydney, Australia
Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival, and is regarded as one of Australia's most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world. Tropfest is known for its contribution to the development of the Australian film industry by providing unique platforms for emerging filmmakers through its events and initiatives, and new audiences for their work.
Founded in the 1993 by film director John Polson, the ‘Tropicana Short Film Festival’ [as it was originally known] started 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. Inspired by the turn out, John decided that a full-fledged short film festival was the next step.
Eighteen years on, Tropfest attracts a live national audience of more than 150,000 people on a single night. The event is hosted at Sydney’s Domain in the Royal Botanic Gardens, with live satellite links to outdoor locations in Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Surfer’s Paradise.
In 2009, for the first time, Movie Extra conducted a live television broadcast of the event as part of their naming rights sponsorship of the 2009 – 2012 Australian events. This partnership made the festival available to more than 1 million subscribers at home and at unofficial sites including pubs, clubs and community centres around the country.
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