On the 26th and 27th January 2013, the first ever Tropfest NZ comes to New Plymouth – comprising of the the world’s largest short film festival with free screenings, as well as the Tropfest NZ Roughcut Symposium - a one-day forum for filmmakers.
TROPFEST COMES TO NEW ZEALAND
This January 2013, Tropfest brings the world’s largest short film festival to New Zealand for the first time.
Founded in Sydney, Australia, Tropfest has developed over the last 20 years into the world’s largest short film festival, attracting up to 150,000 people to the open air screenings in Sydney’s Domain at the Royal Botanic Gardens. Tropfest has now expanded internationally to include comeptitions and festivals in New York, Los Vegas and Abu Dahbi as well as New Zealand.
Participants have been asked to make a short film using this year’s Tropfest NZ signature item (TSI) – the gumboot.
Alongside the festival, Tropfest NZ present Roughcut 2013, a one-day forum for filmmakers.
Established to cultivate outstanding storytelling on screen and to foster a culture of dynamic and creative filmmakers, Roughcut is an intimate day-long series of conversations led by some of New Zealand’s leading filmmakers and industry names.
As a part of the symposium Script to Screen presents a 90 minute workshop with writer/director Michael Bennett (Cow, Kerosene Creek, Matariki) on the essential elements of storytelling, remaining true to the core of your idea and how to keep your audience engaged.
Other speakers at Roughcut 2013 include producer John Barnett (Whale Rider, Sione’s Wedding), director Katie Wolfe (This is Her, Redemption) and keynote speaker, Tropfest founder/director John Polson.