THE biggest FREE short film event on the Australian calendar – Tropfest 2014 – opens in Sydney’s pristine Centennial Park tonight from 7:30pm.
Expect the cream of the crop in a line-up of phenomenal and imaginative short film-making, red carpet radiance, and plenty of live music and entertainment before and after the screening.
The films will be simulcast from 8:30pm on SBS2 Television and online at sbs.com.au/tropfest – making the magic of this uniquely Aussie tradition accessible right around the world.
The works of 16 finalists from all over Australia will each have incorporated the 2014 Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) or theme of ‘mirror’ – see if you can spot the concept in each entry.
The most popular genre this year by far is comedy, with some of the most laugh-out-loud, zany and wickedly dark comedy shorts in Tropfest history. Cue runaway brides to clumsy butlers, chocoholic dentists to pizza-craving couch potatoes.
Hosting the night’s fun and thrilling activities will be Tropfest aficionado, Adam Spencer, and The Feed and Movie Mayhem’s Marc Fennell, both returning from last year’s Tropfest. Also joining in to host for the first time will be SBS 2 The Feed reporter, Jeannette Francis.
Tropfest Managing Director, Michael Laverty, said: “We’re so excited to bring Tropfest to Centennial Park for the second time. Last year’s event in the new location was such a huge success and we’re sure that Tropfest 2014 will be bigger than ever before.”
Tropfest had humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney’s Darlinghurst in 1993 where an eager crowd of 200 showed up to watch a short film screening that Tropfest founder John Polson had organised.
Twenty-two years later, Tropfest attracts a live audience of around 150,000 in Australia and the festival has grown internationally, with standalone competitions in New Zealand, South East Asia, New York and the Middle East.
HOW TO GET THERE
Tropfest is held at the Brazilian Fields within Centennial Park. Recommended entry points to the Park are via the following gates: Paddington Gate, Woollahra Gate, Randwick Gate, and Robertson Rd Gate.
The closest train station to the event site is Bondi Junction, with the Woollahra Gate only a short walking distance from the station.
Centennial Park is located just minutes from the Sydney CBD and is easily accessible by public transport, which is highly recommended. Additional bus and train services have been organised to meet demand. For information about public transport, please call the NSW Transport info line on 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au.
Cyclists can take advantage of the FREE and secure bike valet service organised by Centennial Parklands.
OTHER SYDNEY SCREENING VENUES
For full info on Tropfest Screening venues across Australia visit: tropfest.com/au/attend/
Skyline Drive-In Blacktown plays host this year for the first time to Tropfest in Sydney’s West… and what a very different kind of event it will be.
In a break with tradition, guests are invited to experience Tropfest at the retro ‘Happy Days’ style Drive-In and Diner, which is set amidst the Western Sydney Parklands at Prospect.
If you’d like to enjoy Tropfest from the comfort of a funky deck chair on the ‘Gold Grass’ lawn, make sure to arrive early. Gates open at 5.30pm and the live Tropfest screening will start at 8.30pm. Deck chairs cost $10 to hire and are available from the Skyline Diner.
Pack the car as full as you can (legally!) as tickets are being allocated by the car load and must be booked online at www.eventscinemas.com.au/skylinedrivein. Please note that although the tickets are free, a booking fee of $1.10 per car load will apply.[embed\]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ErcDhI5WJU&list=PLZ4MsBTSmdga_splrFtuT-sKv4OTPGBv3[/embed]
TROPFEST 2014 SYDNEY EVENT BASICS
When: Sunday 7 December
Where: Brazilian Fields, Centennial Park, Sydney