Earlier this year, independent film fans were met with the disheartening news that the 2016 Tropfest, the largest short film festival in the world, had been cancelled due to a mismanagement of funds. Now, thanks to a new partnership with CGU Insurance, Tropfest will return in February 2016.
Tropfest, started in 1993, showcases independent short films from around the globe and has attracted more than 1.6 million people to its screens over the years. Festival director John Polson commented on its surprise recovery, stating, “It’s incredibly encouraging to see that the Australian public and corporate community really want to see Tropfest return.”
“As a free, outdoor event, Tropfest makes short film accessible to all,” he continued. “There’s nothing else quite like it and I think that’s what people love. Thanks to the support given by CGU Insurance, we’re now able to restore Tropfest for the filmmakers whose work was put on hold, for our fans and of course for the suppliers and partners who all give so much to make the world’s largest short film festival a reality. It’s the comeback story of the decade.”
Tropfest will be held on February 14 in Sydney with a simultaneous live broadcast on SBS 2.