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From its very humble beginnings in 1993 showing short films projected onto a bare café wall, Tropfest has grown in to one of the world's largest short film competitions and now attracts support from big names in the film industry looking for emerging talent.

The numbers of entries grow each year (there were 700 in 2006) as well as the audience who attend the final showings now broadcast live from Sydney to large events in other parts of Australia and the world. The sixteen finalists attend the Sydney event, also attended by VIPs from the film industry and an audience of about 100,000, and the winners are selected by a panel of renowned industry judges.

The audience is able to vote on site for the people’s choice awards. As well as a night of great short (the time limit is seven minutes)film, audiences enjoy a balmy out-door evening of music, comedy and unique entertainment.

Get there early and bring a large rug to stake out your territory, bring a picnic (as the food is always expensive) and an umbrella (as two of the last five events have seen heavy rain.). Also bring your mobile so you can find your friends if you lose them and vote on the audience choice award.

Tropfest Information Website.

Written by  Kat Mackintosh.

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