Out & About with Kids was all over Trop Jr 2013 - the biggest short film festival
for little people with a big imagination.!
As the exclusive Media partners for this incredible event, Out & About with Kids Magazine was handed out to hundreds of keen movie-watching families. Even the celeb judges took their time reading all the fab family travel information inside.
This year's Trop Jr finalist entries were judged by actor Sean Keenan, author and presenter Gretel Killeen, actress Samara Weaving and children’s entertainer Sam Moran.
We got to hang out with the fantastic kids who entered Trop Jr, chat in awe with the cool and funny celebrity judges, spend time with Sam Worthington from the biggest-grossing movie of all time, Avatar, and then congratulate the winner Ben McCarthy and his very proud family.
12 year old Ben from Brooklyn NSW, won Trop Jr 2013. His film “Bumper”, about a frog that can’t jump, was the only Claymation entry in the 16 finalists.
One of the youngest finalists, Ben is passionate about filmmaking and spent almost six months mainly shooting on his desk at home for this winning entry.
He has aptly named his future production company “Messy Desk Productions” and says his inspiration to work with Claymation came from the creator of Wallace and Gromit, Nick Park.
For his deserved win, Ben took home prizes including $2,000 cash and a $500 ticket voucher, $1,800 worth of AFTRS Open short courses and a PlayStationVita LittleBigPlanet bundle.
‘The Screen Seekers Club’ was awarded the runner-up prize for their horror-comedy-mockumentary How to Make a Horror Movie. The club, made up of six boys aged 12-15 from South Australia, didn’t even know each other until their parents brought them together to collaborate on this project. They cite Scream and Chuckie as their favourite slasher films.
Harri Gilbert from NSW also picked up a runners-up prize for Where’s My Sandwich? The 15-year-old won the Trop Jr Fearless Filmmaking prize last year and loves telling stories and making films. His film explored the trials and tribulations of a teenager who has lost his sandwich.
The runners-up winners took away prizes of $750 worth of short courses at Metro Screen.
Tropfest managing director Michael Laverty was delighted by this year’s Trop Jr selection. “I’m always so excited to see the finalist entries for Trop Jr,” he said. “Their incredible talent and creativity is a great sign for the future of film in Australia.”
The Trop Jr Signature Item for the next year was also announced: it will be “Monster”, which should inspire some fun ideas from budding young filmmakers.
Trop Jr follows the same structure as Tropfest: the film must be seven minutes or less and contain a reference to the Monster.
And yes, your favourite source of family friendly fun and travel ideas Out & About with Kids will be right there at the ringside again.
We love Trop Jr at OAWK! See you on December 8th 2013 at the new venue Centennial Park!
Elisa Elwin is a Publisher, Travel Writer, Social Worker and parent to 2 teenage daughters Sam & Tori. With family far and wide, they visit and spread their wings a couple of times a year.