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Movie Extra Tropfest 2010
Where: Stage 88,
When: February 21 from 3-11pm
Phone: 13 22 81
In February, Canberra will join with cities across the nation to celebrate
a festival of some the best short films from around the world.
Summer's here, and for avid filmmakers
and audiences across the country the
onset of the warm weather heralds one
thing -- Tropfest.
Internationally known as the largest
short film festival in the world, Tropfest
has garnered a reputation for being
an avenue for exciting and unknown
filmmakers to showcase their creative
work and launch themselves into an
industry that is notoriously difficult to get
a break in.
The competition is in its 18th year,
attracts about 650 entries annually and
offers more than $200,000 in prizes.
As one of the rules, filmmakers are
challenged in their seven-minute films
to include the Tropfest Signature Item
(TSI) -- this year keep an eye out for
interpretations of 'dice'.
A judging panel of high-profile
industry professionals, which has
included celebrity judges such as Toni
Collette, Rose Byrne, Rachel Ward, Ewan
McGregor, Keanu Reeves, Russell Crowe,
Vince Colosimo and Will Smith, will
choose 16 creative and talented finalists.
If you don't mind watching the official
Tropfest red-carpet circus from the
comfort of a picnic rug or deckchair, you
can be a part of the exciting event without
having to leave town.
While the actual event takes place
at the Royal Botanic Gardens at the
Domain in Sydney, it is simultaneously
broadcast via live satellite links to huge
screens in outdoor locations in major
cities around the country.
The Canberra event begins at 3pm,
with live music keeping the audience
entertained until 5.45pm, when the
broadcast from Sydney is due to start.
More than 150,000 people nationwide
will watch as the winners in 14 categories
step up to claim their award. Winners are
scheduled to be announced at about 10pm.
This year, in acknowledgement of
the advancement of technology and
the accessibility of filming features on
mobile phones, there is a new category for
entrants -- Telstra Mobile Masterpieces
-- so keep an out for the inspiration this
new art form has ignited.
Locally, the free and ever-popular
competition screening attracts crowds of
about 17,000 and while most people are
happy to bring along a picnic, a blanket
and a few chairs and settle in for the
evening, this year, for those wanting
something a little more special, there are
new premium seating areas with pre-
booked seats including VIP parking, rest
room facilities and hospitality on arrival.
The tickets can be purchased online from
Take the opportunity to enjoy a warm
summer evening with friends or family
and go along to Tropfest to discover
the immense talent in our national film
By Bron Vickers
is coming to town
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