21 years ago in a cafe (‘The Tropicana’) in Sydney, Australia, TROPFEST was born by filmmaker John Polson. Looking to showcase his talent; Polson packed the house for his premiere short film, had a second viewing where a few hundred people showed up just to get a glimpse of his film and whelp………THE REST WAS TROPFEST HISTORY!
So I wanted to see what all the hype was about! As I geared up for the BIGGEST short film festival!
I packed some fruits, fresh sandwiches, my favorite picnic blanket and some rum to spice things up!! Boarded the train to Prospect park, BROOKLYN. As I walked the ever-winding path, past the pond I came upon the Nethermead section of the park! The view was amazing, on site were food vendors galore, people milling about looking for the perfect picnic spot to lay out and catch the live music sets till showtime!!
This years Tropfest came back to N.Y.C.
for the second time they made sure it was BIGGER and BETTER then the last. 8 finalist, 16 Short films and 1 winner! The Tropfest signature item (TSI) and main requirement for the contest was to include any variation of a “BRIDGE” in their film. The prize: $20,000 dollars and 1 week of industry meetings. EPIC shit!!
After sunset, host Liev Schreiber (a.k.a. “Sabretooth” of the X-men movie) presented the films and panelist of industry movie directs chose the winner. Below is my personal favorite “When The World Is Done With You” and although it didn’t win, I sure could relate. Enjoy!