Monday, February 21, 2011

Short Aussie films

Movie Extra Tropfest 2011, the Australian short film festival, was held on Feb 20 this year at the Domain, Sydney, as well as at live sites around Australia including Melbourne, Canberra, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide, Surfers Paradise and Perth.

Sixteen short films were up for the honour of winning the prize, each complying with the four conditions of the contest. The film had to be made specifically for Movie Extra Tropfest 2011, have their irst public screening at Movie Extra TropFest 2011, be no longer than seven minutes (including title and end credits), and contain the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) – which is ‘KEY’ for 2011. The trailer for this year’s festival was directed by Steve Baker, winner of TropFest in 2007 with An Imaginary Friend.

The video below is the advertising trailer for 2010. It was directed by Steve Baker, and narrated by Anthony LaPaglia.

The winner for 2011 was Damon Gameau. The Australian film and television performer, who has appeared in Nine Network's Underbelly series and the 2009 movie Balibo, was widely praised for his film Animal Beatbox.

The movie is an animation described as having a catchy lyrical and poetic narrative. It was shot in Gameau's mother's spare room and cost just $85 to make.
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