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OFFICIAL PROGRAM DECEMBER 7 - 8 2013

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DECEMBER 8 CENTENNIAL PARK VISIT TROPFEST.COM/AU FOR MORE INFORMATION

YOU BE THE JUDGE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. REVIEW AND RATE EACH FILM, JUST LIKE THE TROPFEST JUDGES. THE OVERALL HIGHEST RATED FILM WILL TAKE OUT THE TROPFEST PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD. DOWNLOAD FROM THE APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY FROM DECEMBER 2.


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WELCOME The past few months have been an exciting (and busy!) time for us. Tropfest New York in June saw around 22,000 people come together in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, while Tropfest Arabia was also met with great success last month in Abu Dhabi. This coming January will see the second Tropfest New Zealand as well as the launch of the inaugural Tropfest South East Asia. The massive expansion of Tropfest around the world conveys a worldwide appetite for fresh storytelling voices; it is wonderful to watch these voices carry meaning across cultural and physical borders in celebration of the magic of short film. Back home, as we prepare for a change of date and a move to our outstanding new home, Centennial Park, we are excited to be kicking off the summer event calendar with a celebration of great yarns. The 16 Finalist films will screen on Sunday, December 8 and will be judged by our panel of industry and celebrity judges. It’s not going to be easy picking a winner from such a strong group of films! Get set to see some pretty interesting interpretations of our Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) ‘CHANGE,’ since all films submitted to Tropfest have to include this TSI, as well as remain under 7 minutes. In a game-changing development for us this year, I’d like to welcome our brand new broadcast partner, SBS 2, who will be bringing Tropfest to your TV for the next five years! The live, free-to-air broadcast offers our filmmakers the opportunity

to share their stories with a larger audience than ever before, and we thank SBS 2 for their enthusiasm and generosity towards this event. We’re also delighted to have Qantas join us this year as our Major Partner and the Official Airline of Tropfest. This partnership helps us bring people to the festival and provides our filmmakers with new opportunities for their work to be recognised. These opportunities include the launch of the exclusive Tropfest Channel on Qantas Inflight Entertainment and the Qantas Film Cadetship, where one Tropfest finalist will be selected for a rare six-month paid internship in Qantas’ Digital and Inflight Entertainment division. We’re especially excited to announce the launch of a new Tropfest initiative this year, You Be The Judge - an app that lets you rate each film LIVE, along with the Official Tropfest Jury. At 5pm on Wednesday, December 11, the film with the highest overall rating will take out the brand new People’s Choice Award. You can download the app from Google Play or the App Store from December 2, and the judging functionality will start when the first film screens on Sunday, December 8! We’re pleased to see the return of the Nikon DSLR Film Category. Of all films submitted to Tropfest for this competition, almost 50% were made on a DSLR camera (that’s nearly double our last festival!). Limitations that filmmakers

TO THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL can often face, like budget and portability, are overcome with DSLR cameras, so I congratulate Nikon for being at the forefront of this exciting technology. We’d like to once again thank APRA as they continue to support music in film through APRA Tropscore and Tropscore Jr. It’s amazing to see the original scores created by these talented screen composers and musicians for the competition. Make sure you’re at the park around 5:30pm on Sunday to catch the winner of APRA Tropscore perform their winning score live. We are also extremely grateful for the continued support and dedication of our Strategic Partner, Destination NSW, and our Major Partners; Qantas, Toyota, Nikon and Centennial Parklands. As a free event, Tropfest would not be what it is without them and the others mentioned here. Lastly, Tropfest wouldn’t have made it to 22 (!) if it weren’t for the amazing filmmakers who continue to share their stories with us, and for the thousands of YOU who, year after year, attend the event, talk about the films and support their makers. So please keep watching, sharing and supporting short films with us! That’s what Tropfest is about. Sincerely John Polson Founder and Director, Tropfest Follow me on

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MESSAGE FROM THE PREMIER OF NEW SOUTH WALES The NSW Government, through our tourism and major events agency Destination NSW, is proud to support Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival. Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film competition and an iconic Sydney event, which attracts hundreds of filmmakers and entertains tens of thousands of Sydneysiders and visitors to NSW each year. Tropfest begins a worldclass calendar of summer events on the Sydney and NSW Events Calendar which showcase the best of our State’s beaches, parks, Sydney’s magnificent harbour and our cosmopolitan city streets.

Tropfest shines a spotlight on the best of Australia’s upcoming and established filmmakers, and consolidates our State’s position as a powerhouse of screen talent and the home of the creative industries. I wish this year’s finalists the best of luck, and hope you have a wonderful night in the new home of Tropfest, Sydney’s Centennial Park.

Barry O’Farrell NSW Premier

Now in its new home at Centennial Park, it is wonderful to see this successful event, which has kick-started the screen careers of so many filmmakers over the past 21 years, go from strength to strength.

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HOW TO GET TO CENTENNIAL PARK Tropfest will be held at the Brazilian Fields in Centennial Park. Located just minutes from the Sydney CBD and easily accessible by public or private transport. We encourage the use of public transport. Please call the public transport info line on 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au There is no event patron parking in Centennial Park, however limited parking is available a short walk away at Showground Field and Kippax for $20 and at the Entertainment Quarter in Moore Park for $25.

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WHAT’S HAPPENING? YOUR GUIDE TO TROPFEST

SATURDAY 7TH Tropfest Roughcut is back! After two extremely successful events, we’re excited to welcome a stellar line-up of film industry insiders to share their insights into the cinematic process. Hosted by Rob Carlton, the curated program will explore different areas in film and production. Kriv Stenders, director of the award-winning boxoffice hit Red Dog and new film Kill Me Three Times, will talk about the production of film in Australia and Academy Award winner Adam Elliot (Harvie Krumpet, Mary and Max) will share his experience winning an Oscar and elements of his creative process.

Producer Behren Schulz (recently named by SPAA as one of their “Ones to Watch”) and Director Jim Lounsbury of boutique production company, Eponine Films will also be sharing their insights into the world of DSLR filmmaking as they embark on the journey to bring their latest project, Love Is Now to the big screen. To be shot entirely on Nikon cameras and Nikkor lenses, Eponine will explore the challenges and creative opportunities made possible by this emerging trend - a trend that many Tropfest filmmakers have embraced themselves, entering as part of the recently established, and increasingly popular, Nikon DSLR Film Category.

To secure a last minute ticket, head to tropfest.com/au.

SUNDAY 8TH Sunday is the pinnacle of the Tropfest weekend. It’s an outdoor celebration of great stories and talented storytellers, live music and entertainment, fabulous food and drink, and the highly anticipated film screenings and award ceremony. 11:00am GATES OPEN Trop Jr 2013 starts More info at the back of this program

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Australian TV creators Imogen Banks and John Edwards (Tangle, Puberty Blues, Offspring) will talk about their experiences developing works for the small screen. The team from Foxtel’s new Australian drama mini-series Devil’s Playground will also deliver a special talk on the making of the anticipated psychological thriller. Those in attendance will be producer Helen Bowden, EP/actor Simon Burke, writer/show runner Blake Ayshford and actor Matt Levett. Australian actress and filmmaker, Gracie Otto, will join a panel of filmmakers to discuss current projects and trends in the industry.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE BY LENKA After spending the past few years living in America, as well as gaining huge success in Asia and Europe, Australia’s very own Lenka returns for a special performance at Tropfest. Lenka is the former front woman for the band Decoder Ring (whose soundtrack to the widely renowned Australian film, Somersault, won an AFI for Best Song From a Film). The first single from her solo album gained huge success after being featured in the movie Moneyball (an excerpt of the song was later sung by Billy Crystal at the Oscars). Since then, Lenka’s music has featured in a number of TV shows and commercials overseas, solidifying her popularity in the northern hemisphere. Her third album, Shadows (2013) sees Lenka returning to work with her favourite producers and coming full circle to collaborate with a former Decoder Ring bandmate. After an intimate Australian tour in October, Lenka will return for an exclusive performance at Tropfest Australia 22.

The Queensland duo of Tom Busby and Jeremy Marou have returned with their highly anticipated second album, featuring folk-pop and countrytinged song craft and will be bringing their beautiful sounds to the Tropfest stage

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY ILLY Illy’s relatable persona, hip-hop nous and lyrical smarts have cemented him as one of Australia’s most exciting artists. His musical career started with 2009 debut Long Story Short, where he collapsed 21 years of life into an album. It continued in documenting the struggle for success in 2010‘s The Chase, and Bring It Back’s return to Illy’s musical roots in 2012. Now with the release of Cinematic, Illy offers a deft statement that music is his life, and that won’t change any time soon.

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY BUSBY MAROU Picking up a Deadly Award for Most Promising New Talent in 2010, Busby Marou soon captured Australia’s attention with their interpretation of the Crowded House classic Better Be Home Soon. After the release of their song, Biding My Time – which took an APRA award, the band then hit the road with the likes of Birds Of Tokyo, k.d. lang, Dolly Parton and Pete Murray.

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TROPFEST 22 5:50pm APRA TROPSCORE

9:20pm FINALIST FILMS – PART 2

6:00pm RED CARPET ARRIVALS

9. DARKNESS COMES 10. STEW 11. HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE 12. THE SQUIRREL KING 13. CHARADES 14. REVIVE 15. L.O.V.E INSURANCE FOR THE HEART 16. COPING

7:30pm OFFICIAL FESTIVAL PROGRAM COMMENCES 8:00pm FINALIST FILMS – PART 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

SORRY BABY BAMBOOZLED SINE TRUTH IS… OFF THE METER ARIEL STILL LIFE MAKEOVER

9:00pm INTERMISSION

10:20pm JUDGING TIME OUT 10:25pm LIVE MUSIC PERFORMANCE BY JINJA SAFARI 10:40pm AWARD CEREMONY AND 2014 TSI ANNOUNCEMENT

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY TINA ARENA Since the release of two of the most successful Australian albums of all time, 1994’s Don’t Ask and 1997’s In Deep, so much has happened to Tina Arena and the world around her. She is now a woman of the world, a mother, and an internationally renowned artist with combined album sales topping 8 million. Among her multitude of accolades and awards here and abroad, Tina was recently voted by her Australian musical peers as the greatest Australian female singer of all time. Tina’s latest release Reset is breathtaking in its scope and musical sophistication. The album invites us into the intimacy of Tina’s private universe where there are no secrets, nothing off-limits and nothing is held back.

LIVE PERFORMANCE BY NGAIIRE Ngaiire’s debut album Lamentations is turning heads and climbing the independent music chart, marking this future folk soul artist as one of the most dynamic, new performers on the Australian music scene. Her unique vocals and incredible stage presence is a must-see at Tropfest.

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LIVE PERFORMANCE BY JINJA SAFARI Jinja Safari isn’t just a band: it’s a way of life. Spearheaded by effervescent frontman Marcus Azon and co-writer / producer Pepa Knight, weilding African, Indian and indie inspired sounds, their selftitled debut album is a journey to a fantastical pop world.  With an infamous live show that landed them with two nominations for Best Live Act at FBi’s SMAC Awards and on the stages of Splendour In The Grass, Falls Festival, Big Day Out & in front of fans across world. Rich with energy and packed full of colour, their debut album is exciting and dynamic and perfectly captures the five-piece’s on stage energy. From Uganda to Sydney, Jinja Safari is indie pop at its best: wild and free.


Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour – Madama Butterfly 21 March – 13 April 2014 Experience the grandeur of opera outdoors on a giant harbour stage. The Royal Botanic Gardens

Baz Luhrmann’s Strictly Ballroom the Musical From 25 March 2014 A championship ballroom dancer defies all the rules to follow his heart. Sydney Lyric, The Star

Vivid Sydney 23 May – 9 June 2014 Sydney is transformed into a colourful canvas of light, music and forums. Sydney Harbour Foreshore and various venues

Sydney Film Festival 4 – 15 June 2014 Enjoy the best features, documentaries and short films from across Australia and the world. Various venues across Sydney

If it’s on in Sydney, it’s on sydney.com Please note that events are subject to change or cancellation (check relevant website for further details prior to the event). Destination NSW acknowledges and appreciates all photographic images supplied by each event owner for use in this advertisement.Image credits for footer: Sydney Film Festival, 2011 © Cynthia Sciberras; Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour - Carmen 2013: Credit Keith Saunders

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FINALISTS

FINALIST FILMS

SORRY BABY

BAMBOOZLED

SINE

Director/Producer: Spencer Harvey & Lloyd Harvey

Director/Producer: Matt Hardie

Director: Adrian Cabrié Producer: Alex Meerbach

State: NSW Synopsis: Sometimes, sorry doesn’t cut it.

Synopsis: No matter what changes, love is forever.

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#Bamboozled

Spencer and Lloyd Harvey are a sister/brother writer and director duo born in Sydney. The pair have taken from pen to screen a myriad of short films that have achieved multiple awards and international and national festival screenings.

Originally from WA, Matt moved to Sydney in 2006 to attend the acting course at NIDA. Since graduating, Matt has appeared as an actor in a number of roles in theatre, film and television. Last year Matt wrote and directed Let it Rain, which won the Nikon DSLR Category at Tropfest February 2013. The success of the film has inspired Matt to pursue his writing and directing as well as his acting.

They have been offered official selections from the likes of coveted Oscar Qualifying Film Festivals: Palm Springs International ShortsFest, Austin Film Festival, FLICKERS Rhode Island Film Festival and L.A. Shorts Fest. They are currently writing their feature debut.

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State: VIC Synopsis: Out of gaol, with nothing to lose, Adam’s robbery attempt takes a turn for the worse when he bumps in to an ex-girlfriend. #Sine Adrian has written, directed & edited over 30 short films, with his works shown at a number of festivals over the years. After forming Truncated Pictures in 2004 with his brother Michel, they began work on a full-length feature film, Verite (In Moments of Darkness). Adrian’s second feature film is currently in pre-production, where he will oversee various elements of the filmmaking process.


TRUTH IS…

ARIEL

Director: Ben Davies Producer: Conor Reid

Director/Producer: Claude Gonzalez

State: NSW Synopsis: The true story behind Australia’s brutal bikie war.

#TruthIs Ben Davies is a TV producer who makes factual TV programs and documentaries. He is both the creator and series producer of the international hit TV series Bondi Rescue. He has won 6 Logies and had an AFI nomination.

State: NSW Synopsis: A man can make a small change in an unfair world. #Ariel Claude Gonzalez is a director and producer who has worked in film and TV for a number of years. He has made commercials, trailers, documentaries and television programs for SBS and the ABC.

MAKEOVER Director/Producer: Don Percy State: VIC Synopsis: Spring is in the air… and it’s time for a change! #Makeover Don Percy began shooting films at age 10. Soon after graduating from the Swinburne Film and Television School, came his award-winning short The Skateboard Saga. In 1999 Don directed the documentary Funny by George: The George Wallace Story for ABC TV. Shortly after, Don formed Adonis Films, and continues to direct TVCs, corporates, music videos and shorts as well as completing the short feature Inanimate Objects. With a desire to move into a more dramatic realm, Don currently has several film and television projects in development.

OFF THE METER

STILL LIFE

DARKNESS COMES

Director: Carl J. Sorheim Producer: Julian V. Costanzo

Director/Producer: Martin Sharpe State: VIC

Director/Producer: John Marsh Producer: Dane Hallett

State: VIC

Synopsis: Life’s never still for long.

State: NSW

Synopsis: Cab driver Daniel Folkmover has a heart of gold, dad jokes aplenty and a slightly shady operation on the side…

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Synopsis: A desperate man, a derelict farmhouse, an ever-present menace... what happens when darkness comes?

#OffTheMeter Director, writer and actor, Carl J. Sorheim has had a keen interest in film, performance and writing as far back as he can recall. Moving from Norway to Australia to study theatre in 2003, he quickly fell in love with the beauty and diversity of Australia. With a soft spot for underdog stories, Sorheim worked tirelessly to find an outlet for his somewhat dark and sometimes comical view of the world. In 2010, Carl, with a bunch of great actors and storytellers, formed the production company Cameralla, to tell funny, strange and – hopefully – slightly different stories.

Passionate about films since being awestruck by Jurassic Park at 11, Martin began to write and direct. His first short film The Crimson Room starring Ashley Zukerman went on to screen at over 30 international festivals and win the Golden Palm Award at the Mexico International Film Festival. Martin is currently studying Visual Effects & 3D animation at AIE, where he met the Still Life team, and is in the process of preparing his next short film.

#DarknessComes Having grown up in a fantasy world fuelled by the great outdoors, comic books, cartoons and film, it was clear very early on that John Marsh was destined to be a ‘creative’. John’s directorial debut Happenstance was an awardwinning finalist at Tropfest in 2010, which has since travelled the word and played at many prestigious film festivals. John recently co-founded the production company Idea Garage with long-time collaborator and friend Dane Hallett and Darkness Comes is the first collaboration from their stables. join the conversation #tropfest 11


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STEW

HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE

Director: Steven Woodburn Producer: Sam Smith

Director/Producer: Tom Abood

State: NSW Synopsis: Just two cappuccino’s, and ... STEW.

State: NSW

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Synopsis: War is always told differently from a soldier’s perspective.

Steven grew up in the Central West of NSW, but on finishing High School quickly packed his bags and headed for the bright lights of Sydney. After studying drama Steven eventually moved into directing and started up Day One Films.

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He has since written and directed four short films, which have been shown at festivals throughout Australia. Stew is Steven’s second attempt at Tropfest with his first Spider earning him a Bright Spark Award at Tropfest 2008.

Tom Abood first started making films at thirteen and knew from that age that it was what he wanted to do. At 18, Tom joined the Australian Army as part of the gap year program and was inspired by the stories he heard from veteran diggers. In 2012, Tom graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Media from Macquarie University. He now currently works in postproduction at WTFN Entertainment.

THE SQUIRREL KING Director/Producer: Dimitri Ellerington State: NSW Synopsis: Meet Ricky Powell; The Lazy Hustler, The Bummy Sophisticate...The Squirrel King #TheSquirrelKing After slumming his way through art college, Dimitri was lucky enough to find himself as the production runner on the first Babe feature. For him, it was a profound experience and inspired him to pursue a career in film and television. After graduating from the VCA Film School, he’s been working as an Assistant Director, while developing short, doco & feature projects. In 2005, Big Men; Bigger Dreams, his first documentary, was nominated for both an AFI and Dendy Award, and his short film Dream What You Want was a finalist in Tropfest Australia 2009.

Our Australia. Our Airline. Eight inspiring short films. Watch the full series at qantas.com/ouraustralia

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CHARADES

REVIVE

Director: Julian Lucas Producer: Jack White

Director: Ruben Pracas Producer: Chae Ryan

State: VIC

State: WA

Synopsis: Practice doesn’t always make perfect.

Synopsis: A young businessman decides to take it upon himself to be the change he wishes to see in the world – one crazy costume at a time.

#Charades Julian is a freelance filmmaker from Melbourne. Although he has written and directed a few short films in the past, his passion lies with music videos and comedies. The filmmaking lifestyle suits him perfectly. People have told him that working from home is something that 60 year olds do, but he’s pretty content paving his own way in life.

#Revive Inspired by the success of his short film The Offertory and his work as producer on the ATOM award winning BLINDSPoT, Ruben began applying for small funding initiatives for film and television. With two of his projects receiving funding, he quickly wanted to gain more on-set experience. After volunteering on ‘bigger shoots’, including a few TVCs and feature films, he acquired the knowledge, skills and confidence to make Revive happen.

L.O.V.E. INSURANCE FOR THE HEART Director/Producer: Rachel Lane State: NSW Synopsis: Before you commit to that next relationship make sure you get an L.O.V.E Inspection first. #LoveInsurance Growing up in Forbes NSW didn’t exactly provide a thriving metropolis of budding filmmakers for Rachel. After completing her BA in Film Production, she found the less glamourous role of unit assistant, but quickly realised she needed to produce her own films projects. She has been doing so ever since, as well as working on various TV shows, and shooting commercial photography projects.

COPING Director: Kaiya Jones Producer: Julian V. Costanzo State: VIC Synopsis: Sometimes it takes a tragedy to change a person. #Coping Born in Scotland, Kaiya moved to Australia at the age of 8 and by the age of 10, decided herself that she wanted to become an actor. Having worked on TV series The Saddle Club and Neighbours, she was constantly surrounded by enthusiastic filmmakers. She made multiple short films for fun but with help from Julian Costanzo and other incredibly talented individuals, completed what is now a Tropfest Australia finalist film.

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YOU BE THE JUDGE MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD. REVIEW AND RATE EACH FILM, JUST LIKE THE TROPFEST JUDGES. THE OVERALL HIGHEST RATED FILM WILL TAKE OUT THE TROPFEST PEOPLE'S CHOICE AWARD. DOWNLOAD FROM THE APP STORE OR GOOGLE PLAY FROM DECEMBER 2.

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PRIZES 1ST PRIZE

BEST MALE ACTOR

$10,000 Cash

$3,000 Cash

Presented by Kennedy Miller Mitchell

Made possible by Nicole Kidman

A new Toyota Corolla Levin ZR

BEST FEMALE ACTOR

Presented by Toyota

A round trip to LA to meet with agents and film industry executives Presented by Motion Picture Association (MPA) and Australian Screen Association (ASA).

A Nikon D800 + $2,000 RRP worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories Presented by Nikon Australia

2ND PRIZE To be announced on the night.

3RD PRIZE To be announced on the night.

$3,000 Cash Made possible by Nicole Kidman

NIKON DSLR FILM CATEGORY We’re excited to welcome back the Nikon DSLR Category for December 2013. Nearly 50% of all entries to Tropfest this festival were made on a DSLR camera. As well as being eligible for the main prize, all DSLR Category entrants have the chance to walk away with some great prizes, thanks to Nikon Australia. The winner of the Nikon DSLR Film Category prize will take home a Nikon D610 + $3,000 RRP worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories.

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SPECIAL THANKS TROPFEST AUSTRALIA

EVENT TEAM Event Director

Tim Freeland

Events & Sponsorship Manager

Grace Rowe

Event Coordinator

Soelae Riley Nick Macfie

Founder/Director

John Polson

Managing Director

Michael Laverty

Festival & Brand Manager

Grace McBride

Technical Director

Festival & Development Manager

Henry Kalaf

Publicity & Red Carpet Management Cardinal Spin

Festival Coordinator

Katie Evans

Design & Art Direction Lachlan Bruce

Film & Entries Coordinator Amy Hawkins Talent Producer

Anne Haebich

Festival Assistants

Michael Kalaf James Vassiliou Liam McDonnell

Onscreen Graphics and Festival Trailer (post-production)

Cutting Edge

Sound and Music

Noise International

Event Broadcast

Big Picture

LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST Katherine Hristoforidis

Broadcast Partner

SBS2

Production Co-ordinator

Production Company

Blink TV

Broadcast Director

John Firth

Hosts Adam Spencer, Yumi Stynes and Marc Fennell

Technical Director

Matthew Dorn

Executive Producers

John Polson Paul Clarke

SBS Production Supervisor Nicki Roller

SBS Commissioning Editor Caterina De Nave

Broadcast Producer

Stephanie Werrett

Writers

Bryan Moses Paul Clarke

Thank you to: Tony Iffland, Tony Lynch, Nigel Simpson, Global Television, Farah Celjo and Klaudia Redzisz

Art Director

Andrew Bocxe

SBS Production Manager Tamara Mallick Field Director

Daniel Millar

Director’s Assistant

Maddie Holder

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JOHN POLSON WOULD ALSO LIKE TO THANK: Amanda, Harper and Marlowe Polson and all the other Polsons; Marie Francis, Annabelle Sheehan and everyone at RGM, Brett Thornquest, Mark Bamford, Jason Schwab, Nikki Creed, Michael Ebeid, Steve Philp, Linda Marigliano and Giles Hardie. Special thanks to all of Tropfest’s global teams including Arabia, USA, New Zealand and South East Asia. Thanks also to SBS, The Australian Screen Association and all of our partners and supporters.


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TROPSCORE

APRA TROPSCORE MUSIC IN MOVIES MATTERS

The return of Tropfest in December 2013, sees the return of APRA Tropscore! The object of APRA Tropscore is simple – produce a musical score for a short film clip provided by Tropfest. The winning score is chosen by a panel of judges, and the winner has the chance to perform their score live to thousands of people at Tropfest in Centennial Park, Sydney. This year, the Tropscore film was the animation Apart by Tropfest alumni Nick Baker and Tristan Klein, who took out 3rd prize at Tropfest Australia in February, and 1st Prize at Tropfest New York with their other animations.

WINNER - Michael Lira, NSW

APRA TROPSCORE JR - FOR KIDS BY KIDS After a successful competition in February, APRA Tropscore Jr is back! Musicians and composers aged 15 and under were asked to score Harri Gilbert’s Trop Jr film Where’s My Sandwich?, and the entries once again demonstrated some amazing talent from such young composers.

WINNER - Alana Patmore, NSW

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TROP JR

PRESENTED BY THE AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S TELEVISION FOUNDATION THE WORLD’S LARGEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL FOR KIDS BY KIDS Modelled on Tropfest, the world’s largest short film festival, Trop Jr is a short film festival for filmmakers aged 15 years and younger. Launched in 2008, Trop Jr showcases the confidence and creativity of the next generation of filmmakers. Like Tropfest, Trop Jr gives young filmmakers a Trop Jr Signature Item (TSI), which for December 2013 is “MONSTER”. This encourages kids to make unique films, specifically for Trop Jr. The competition receives hundreds of entries from young filmmakers around the world, with the 16 Trop Jr Finalists screening live at the event. Trop Jr will be held on the same day as Tropfest, Sunday 8 December. This year, we will have a live performance from hip-hop group Ziggity Crew, followed by a hip-hop master-class led by Dance Academy’s Keiynan Lonsdale. We’re also calling all kids to come and participate in a game of Space Jump!

PROGRAM 11.00am Trop Jr Site Opens Pre-Show Entertainment

12.00pm Official Program Commences 12.25pm Trop Jr Finalist Films – Part 1 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Monster Roar! Day Of Fun One Small Step The Silent Film’o’nator Eyes The Comedian The Adventures of Lucy

1.05pm Intermission

1.15pm Trop Jr Finalist Films – Part 2 9. The Other Side of Fear 10. It’s Not Easy Being A Monster 11. Red Panda Man 12. Tall Again 13. Within 14. Caramella Island 15. Figment 16. Penelope’s Penguin

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TROP JR FINALISTS

Monster

One Small Step

The Comedian

Director: Lilian Andrew State: NSW

Director: Nicola Hook State: NSW

Directors: Eloise Dalais, Eloise MacLennan, Aedan MacNamara, Sid Sohoni, Tom Williams & Miles Bessis State: NSW

Have you ever been having a great time, with not a care in the world until your friend tells you about her ferocious man-eating monster that would be “SO COOL WHEN YOU SEE IT”? Well this is just what happens to poor innocent Holly.

ROAR! Director: Catriona Warren State: VIC When a young girl is dismissed by her older siblings as too young and too small to matter, she sets out to prove neither age or size is any barrier to succeeding where others fail.

A young boy from the 1940s falls in love with the moon, and dreams of being the first person to go there. His older brother thinks his ideas are silly but when his brother’s relentless teasing pushes him to the breaking point, neither brother is prepared for what happens next…

Georgia James is a comedian. She is funny. She knows it. Whether the world agrees with her or not.

The Silent Film’O’Nator

The Adventures of Lucy

Directors: Liam Alexander & Harry Vasey State: NSW

Director: Adrian Di Salle State: VIC

A normal day at the beach takes an unexpected twist after a boy finds a mysterious button. What will happen if he pushes it? Will it blow something up? Trigger the end of the world? What does the button do?

Day Of Fun

Eyes

Director: Mitch Tooley State: NSW

Director: Conor Jamieson State: VIC

Having a bad day? Who knows, it could turn into something good.

A young girl’s life is turned upside down when the murder of her best friend leads to a series of unseen events. She blames a monster for her friends death, but when she notices changes in herself, she begins to wonder who the real killer was.

Lucy is a young girl made of paper who lives in a world entirely made of paper. Venture with Lucy into her dreams as she fights off evil monsters, navigates across oceans, explores into the dark and floats through space. What will Lucy see? What will she discover?

The Other Side of Fear Director: Michael Firus State: VIC Brigette is a 15 year old girl living in a small town. She is burdened by the longing to do well at school, but sadly is faring badly. Through quiet contemplation she comes to the realizations that to face those fears she calls ‘her monsters’ is the only way forward. join the conversation #tropjr 21


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It’s Not Easy Being A Monster

Tall Again

Caramella Island

Director: Josh Lorschy State: NSW

Director: Sophie French & AbbSchool State: NSW

Ever woken up to find your brother has shrunk himself? When Ben wakes to find a miniature Josh, the two brothers start on an adventure to make Josh tall again. Josh needs to get back to normal size, but will they figure out how to do it?

‘Caramella Island’ is the ultimate challenge for nine sugar–crazed contestants—to survive without sweets. Contestants are stranded on a desserted island covered in scrumptious treats. Who will crack under temptation? And who will win without taking one mouth-watering bite?

RED PANDA MAN

Within

Figment

Director: Darwin Schulze State: NSW

Director: Hamish O’Donnell State: VIC

Director: Kalana Vithana State: VIC

Professor John Smith has been kidnapped and only one person can save him – Red Panda Man. The evil kidnappers aren’t going to give up without a fight, but they end up regretting the day they met… Red Panda Man!

A teenage boy’s family has mysteriously gone missing in the dead of the night. Hamish recounts the night’s events to a police officer, who soon discovers that what lies at the root of the mystery is far more sinister than he could have possibly imagined.

Director: Oliver Bailey State: VIC A young monster struggles to cope with his identity and how nobody else is like him. After being left to face the world by himself, he becomes depressed as he realises how alone he truly is until he sees something that changes his life forever…

At first, Daniel and Violet seem to be your typical ordinary teenage couple. But when Daniel is confronted by his friends about Violet’s existence, he is left shattered. Are his friends right about her? Is his sanity truly in ruins? Is he really turning into a self- destructive monster?

Penelope’s Penguin Director: Oliver Levi-Malouf State: ACT In a world where growing up means the arrival of your own animal doppelganger, Penelope is a late bloomer. But even though she waits anxiously for an animal to come, will she be content when it finally arrives?

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