Film & TV

Feb 18, 2013

Tropfest phenomenon comes down to heart, Polson insists

Has Tropfest got too big for its own good? Crikey speaks to organiser John Polson after another wildly successful event in Sydney -- which some filmmakers refuse to enter.

Luke Buckmaster — Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

Luke Buckmaster

Writer, Critic and The Daily Review Journalist

In 1993 Tropfest was held at a cafe in front of 200 people. Last night 150,000 people at various locations around Australia, including an estimated 90,000 in Sydney’s Domain, celebrated the 21st birthday of what has become an international phenomenon.


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10 thoughts on “Tropfest phenomenon comes down to heart, Polson insists

  1. John Donovan

    Ha ha! “Dakota Fanny”. Ha ha – that’s funny. 🙂

  2. John Donovan

    Boo – now you’ve fixed the mistake. It’s not funny anymore. 🙁

  3. Andrew Chalmers

    Now that Tropfest is so successful, maybe they can stop sucking off the public teat and give back Government funding for use by less well off arts companies.

  4. Venise Alstergren

    LUKE B: Gee you can write. V interesting article.

    I used to go to the movies once a week. Since then I’ve split with the guy I went with, so haven’t been commenting at your blogsite. Cheers V

  5. Jim Moore

    I can see how you made that mistake, Dakota Fanny, not Fanning as you’ve now changed it to, actually starred in a movie with Robert Di Rierro. I think the movie was Booty Call.

  6. Jim Moore

    Oops, that should be De Rierro. Who’s an arse now!

  7. Holden Back

    Time for the “What will the porno re-make be called?” competition?

  8. Josh Reed

    I don’t know if things have changed in recent years, I haven’t really been paying attention, but I was a finalist in 2005 with my brother and a friend, on the back of a film the three of us made for under $75. Although Tropfest did have exclusive distribution rights (they don’t own the films), they were happy for us to enter the film into other festivals, which we did, garnering a few awards along the way.

  9. Christo R

    I enjoyed the read, but you were definitely pushing the line that was set out in the intro.

    Polson may have been annoyed at this: “Two decades of rubbing shoulders with Hollywood’s elite seems to have boosted the organiser’s profile.” It sounds like you are saying he only directed those films because of Tropfest, rather than his talent. I’d have the shits, too.

    And why was Russell staring?

  10. Clint Cure

    Yes he’s very pissed off about this article but Tropfest seems to have created a DIY myth about itself that just isn’t true. I also agree with the dude from St Kilda Fest who said that it’s not a film festival so much as a film event. Films are made specifically for it. I’ve never entered cos I just don’t make the type of films Tropfest are after.

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