Tropfest New York, the New York-based iteration of Sydney's extremely popular short film festival, has announced today that it will return to the city in 2013 after last year's inaugural U.S.-iteration, this time moving the festival from Manhattan to Brooklyn's Prospect Park and bringing along Liev Schreiber as this year's host.
The festival, whose U.S. presence is supported by industry ambassadors such as Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman (who hosted last year's festival), Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, and Schreiber, expects the move in location to allow for a major expansion including music, food and art installations in addition to the year's short film lineup, which are judged by a panel of industry and celebrity judges to determine who will take home the prize of $20,000 and a "week of meetings" with executives and producers from the Motion Picture Association.
"Tropfest New York is an incredible opportunity for emerging filmmakers to have their work seen by a huge audience, along with a judging panel that shares their passion for film," said Schrieber. "I'm very pleased to host this year's New York event, and to be part of bringing Tropfest across the bridge to Brooklyn."
Festival alumni include Australian actors Sam Worthington and Joel Edgerton, as well as Tony Rogers, whose short "Wilfred," was adapted into the Elijah Wood starring FX series. The submission deadline has been extended to May 16 in wake of today's announcement, with the festival itself slated for Saturday June 22nd.
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