Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Tropfest NZ announces films for live outdoor cinema

15 February, 2012

Tropfest NZ announces films for live outdoor cinema

Marriage proposals gone wrong, neighbours at war, medical centre nightmares and even extra-terrestrial encounters are among the content of the 16 finalist short films screening in the first Tropfest New Zealand screening at an outdoor event in New Plymouth on Sunday, February 19.

The shorts all no more than seven minutes, contain a lightbulb (this year’s Tropfest Signature Item) and are the finalists in the Tropfest Australia competition, says Suzanne Porter, executive director of the Taranaki Arts Festival Trust who is staging the event at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

“Just reading the synopsis of the films we are screening means the audience is definitely in for a great night cinematic entertainment from the best of Australia’s emerging film making talent,” says Ms. Porter.

The 16 lucky finalists in Tropfest Australia’s 20th competition include second generation filmmaker Matilda Brown, as well as Damian McLindon, director of the self-help documentary The Secret, and Tropfest’s youngest ever finalist, Eva Lazzaro - the 16 year old star of Foxtel’s hit series ‘Tangled’.

For the second year, Tropfest fans in Australia and New Zealand have the opportunity to choose the 16th finalist that will premiere at the final’s festival on Sunday 19 February in Sydney from a selection uploaded to You Tube.

Ten films, including work by comedian Peter Helliar, Looking for Alibrandi’s Kick Gurry and The Jesters’ Ben Geurens, have been uploaded to Tropfest’s YouTube channel. Visit www.youtube.com/tropfest to have your say.

Tropfest’s Founder and Director, John Polson, says he’s thrilled to be celebrating Tropfest’s 20th Birthday.

“Increasingly each year, I’m stunned by the quality of films entered into Tropfest from people all over Australia and the world, many with budgets of just a few dollars,” says Mr. Polson.

“Last year the quality was so strong, we let our audience decide on the 16th film for the first time, so we’re incredibly excited to be bringing our YouTube competition back this year. I want to congratulate all our filmmakers, and I want to thank our supporters for once again enabling Tropfest to take place FREE for the Australian – and now New Zealand - public - in particular our biggest partner, Movie Extra.”

Tropfest is one of the world’s premiere launch pads for young and emerging filmmakers, and there are some great prizes up for grabs, along with the kudos of winning the undisputed world’s largest short film festival. Finalists compete for a massive prize pool of cash, equipment and international travel valued at approximately $100,000, along with an unprecedented level of industry interest and attention.

Australian finalists walk the star-studded red carpet and have their work judged by industry heavyweights, with past judges including Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor and Geoffrey Rush. Tropfest judges are often kept tightly under wraps until event night.

The finalists will be screened live on Sunday 19 February to an anticipated audience of 150,000 at free outdoor public events across Australia and New Zealand, where it takes place for the first time this year in New Plymouth at a free outdoor cinema event at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands.

“Bring your picnic hamper, your love of films and enjoy a fantastic outdoor screening,” says Ms. Porter.

“We’ll be playing a welcome clip from LA-based Kiwi actor Martin Henderson as well as making a significant announcement about the future of Tropfest in New Zealand.”

When the gates open to the public at 4pm, there will be music courtesy of the Most FM until the official welcome and screening of the first eight films at 6.30pm running until approximately 9.30pm.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 
Scoop Review Of Books: The Typewriter Factory

I finished reading Don’t Dream It’s Over not long after it came out last August. I even started writing a review, which took something of an ‘I’m sorry people, but it’s already over’ approach. I’ve been pretty negative about journalism as it’s practiced in the mainstream (or MSM, or corporate media or liberal media or whatever terminology you prefer) for quite some time (see for example Stop the Press), and I believe the current capitalist media model is destructive and can’t be reformed. More>>

Sheep Update: Solo World Shearing Record Broken In Southland

Southland shearer Leon Samuels today set a new World solo eight-hours strongwool ewe-shearing after a tally of 605 in a wool shed north of Gore. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: Dick Frizzell At The Solander Gallery

One of the most influential and celebrated contemporary Pop artists working in New Zealand, Dick Frizzell is mostly known for his appropriation of kitsch Kiwiana icons, which he often incorporates into cartoon-like paintings and lithographs. Not content with adhering to one particular style, he likes to adopt consciously unfashionable styles of painting, in a manner reminiscent of Roy Lichtenstein. More>>

Old Music: Pop Icon Adam Ant Announces NZ Tour

Following his recent sold out North American and UK tours, Adam Ant is celebrating the 35th anniversary of the release of his landmark KINGS OF THE WILD FRONTIER album with a newly-remastered reissue (Sony Legacy) and Australasian tour. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books:
Looking Back

Writing a memoir that appeals to a broad readership is a difficult undertaking. As an experienced communicator, Lloyd Geering keeps the reader’s interest alive through ten chapters (or portholes) giving views of different aspects of his life in 20th-century New Zealand. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Purple (and Violet) Prose

This is the second recent conjoint publication by Reeve and Stapp; all to do with esoteric, arcane and obscure vocabulary – sesquipedalian, anyone – and so much more besides. Before I write further, I must stress that the book is an equal partnership between words and images and that one cannot thrive without the other. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news