Tropfest: Get ready for the world’s largest short film festival

The 23rd Tropfest Festival is not far away, and Canberra will once again host a live screening of the event back at our original venue at Stage 88 on Sunday December 7, 2014.

Commonwealth Park will bustle with live music and entertainment, great food, screenings of Trop Jr and of course, the main attraction, the films of the 16 finalists for Tropfest 2014.

And the best way to enjoy Tropfest up close is by purchasing a ticket to the Reserve Lawn. These tickets are great value, and include a goody bag including popcorn and other treats, and a welcome glass of bubbly for the adults.

Tickets are available for purchase at

Canberra Tropfest is the best-attended Tropfest broadcast outside of Sydney, with over 20,000 attending the event each year.

Michael Laverty, CEO of Tropfest, saysCanberra has been a fantastic partner for Tropfest for more than 10 years. The Canberra community are strong supporters of film in Australia and we are exited to share the work of talented filmmakers with them.”

iiNet, parent company of TransACT, is principal sponsor of this year’s event, continuing TransACT’s decade-long association with the Canberra screening of Tropfest.

This year iiNet and TransACT customers can upgrade their Tropfest experience with a free bright orange inflatable backrest, available on presentation of an iiNet or TransACT bill at the iiNet information marquee.

Other Tropfest guests can get their hands on a backrest for a gold coin donation, with proceeds going to The Canberra Ronald McDonald House Charity. The number of backrests is limited so guests are encouraged to get in quick.

This year we’re presenting a new competition for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Camera. Simply take a photo of you and your family and friends enjoying Tropfest, and upload it on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with #iiTropfestCBR. The most creative photo wins!

John Polson began the original “Tropicana Short Film Festival”, an informal short film screening for cast, crew and friends at the Tropicana Café in Sydney in 1993. Inspired by the turnout, John decided that a fully-fledged Festival was the next step.

Tropfest has now become Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and more than 20 years on, Tropfest attracts a live national audience of more than 150,000 people on a single night.

As well as iiNet, Tropfest Canberra enjoys fantastic local support including funding from the ACT Government, and sponsorships from major local supporter the ANU, and local partners 104.7FM, the Canberra Times, Canberra Hire, the Summernats, and 4412 Audio Visual Events.

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