It’s that time of year again. The world’s largest (and damn right best) short film festival is headed back to Sydney. Obviously, we’re talking about the much-loved Tropfest. Celebrating its 25th anniversary, this free (budget ballers, take note) outdoor film festival provides the perfect platform for up-and-coming filmmakers to share their stories—who knows, maybe you’ll discover the next Tarantino at this year’s fest. As if all of the free and bucket-loads of talent wasn’t enough to get you dragging your crew along, we’ve rounded up six epic reasons why you can’t miss this year’s Tropfest.
1. It’s The World’s LARGEST Short Film Festival
Since its humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Darlinghurst, Tropfest has grown to become the world’s largest short film festival, attracting more than 70,000 punters. Audiences snuggle underneath the stars as the nation’s most creative, outrageous and ground-breaking films take the screen. Bigger and better than ever, this year’s Tropfest has a new venue: the stunning Parramatta Park.
2. …And This Year, It’s Party Time!
Starting from midday on Saturday, February 11, the festival will celebrate its 25th event. Yup, the iconic festival will be celebrating its 25th anniversary and there’s a whooole lot of festivities going down. The afternoon kicks off with live music before screening the winning films from previous years. The black carpet stars will arrive before dusk aka show time, baby!
3. You Can Now Reserve Your Pozzy
While Tropfest remains a free event, those wanting to avoid wrestling the masses can reserve a spot with Pick Your Patch tickets. Available for the first time, the exclusive tickets allow you to reserve a premium patch of grass (and a chair!) with great views of the screens, exclusive access to bars and ALL the perks. Pick Your Patch allows you to arrive when you like, knowing that your perf spot will be ready and waiting for ya—holla!
4. Come For The Films, Stay For The Food
It wouldn’t be a festival without delicious eats and drinks. Thankfully, Tropfest has got your back (and your stomach) with an array of food trucks and vendors. All taste buds are catered to, with everything from freshly shucked oysters and food-fire pizza, to finger-lickin’ fish and chips and even American BBQ street food. Wash your grub down with a slushy, coffee or opt for something a little bit stronger from the on-site bars.
5. You Gotta Look Out For The Pineapple!
Say whaaa? Every year, aspiring Australian filmmakers are asked to create a film specifically for the festival—encouraging them to get better at their craft by making unique content. To ensure the films are—indeed—unique, the festival has an annual Tropfest Signature Item (better known as a TSI). The TSI MUST be included in their film as a sign of authenticity. This year’s TSI is none other than a pineapple! Y’all better keep your eyes peeled!
6. Because, What’s Not To Love?!
Tropfest encompasses some of the best things in life: exceptional films, mouth-watering food and drink, live music and all-round good times. So, round up your nearest and dearest and get set for a relaxing summer arvo and evening enjoying the finer things in life. This is one festival you just can’t miss.
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