Tropfest is a short film festival which started in 1993 and is held each year in venues all around Sydney.
Each year, Tropfest creates a “Tropfest Signature Item” of which informs the subject matter of the short films. In previous years, the TSI have included ‘Pinapple’, ‘Mirror’, and ‘The Number 8’. Each short film should be less than 7 minutes in length and be a new piece of work.
The name “Tropfest” is derived from the Tropicana Caffe in Darlinghust, which is where the festival was founded. Since this time, the festival has moved locations and is now held in the suburb of Paramatta and streamed to hundreds of locations all over the world.
Tropfest is a completely free event and people are encouraged to come along to the venue and enjoy a night out amongst the stars. Attendees are welcome to bring a picnic to Paramatta Park and grab a spot. Alternatively, you can reserve a seat in the “Pick Your Patch” which is a ticketed section of the festival. You are permitted to bring alcohol to the event but note that large quantities of alcohol will not be permitted.
The festival generally opens at 12pm where there will be plenty of food, drink and entertainment, with the short film screenings kicking off at around 4pm.
The best way to get to Tropfest is by train. There are two stations nearby, Paramatta and Westmead. If driving, there is no parking at Paramatta Park, however there are paid car parks located nearby.
So bring down your family and friends for a fun day in the sun at Tropfest and pick your favourite short film and see if it wins!