In Trop Jr tradition:
With Trop Jr attracting more entries year after year, organisers are expecting this competition to be the biggest yet.
Last year’s winners, 15-year-old school friends Max Barden and Tim Sheehan from Kew, Victoria, created their winning film on a budget of only $20. The boys started their film Let’s Make a Movie on Boxing Day, a comedy about the difficulties in picking a genre for a Trop Jr film, just a few weeks before Trop Jr entries closed.
Since winning Trop Jr the boys have been keeping their parents busy with short filmmaking and performing in plays and television pilots. They are considering entering Trop Jr again.
Other winners in last year’s Festival included Cascades, which was made with no budget, and the Claymation film I think you stink, which was made for $150.
Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, says “At its heart, Trop Jr is about encouraging kids to explore their creativity through film. From where we stand, we can see a huge community of young kids with an enormous passion for filmmaking.”
“In the Festival’s short history, we’ve celebrated the work of some seriously talented young filmmakers. We have no doubt that many of the kids who enter Trop Jr will be part of the next generation of successful career filmmakers.”
The Festival’s Presenting Partner, The Australian Children’s Television Foundation (ACTF), will once again provide invaluable support to the Festival.
“The ACTF loves supporting Trop Jr. Every year we are bowled over by the finalist films, which never cease to amaze us with their variety and creativity” says the ACTF’s CEO, Jenny Buckland.
Visit www.tropjr.com for entry information and subscribe to Trop Jr News for regular updates.
If you’re too old for Trop Jr, visit Movie Extra Tropfest Australia for festival details.