Tropfest Gets A New Venue and Channel

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By Tarun Mazumdar | December 9, 2013 12:16 PM EST

The world's biggest short film festival - Tropfest revamped with a new venue, new TV channel and a new month. Adam Spencer, broadcaster and MC Tropfest replied to the critics of the biggest short film festival.

He mentioned to The Sydney Morning Herald that a section of the Sydney community believes that it is cool to bag Tropfest as it is quite successful.

"But if Tropfest happened in Croatia or Thailand or somewhere else in the world, that same latte set would think 'wow, this is just the coolest thing ever'," said Adam.

He praised the Tropfest by mentioning that it is one festival where 700 short films fight to qualify. Top 16 films will be viewed by thousands of people around the world.

"And for one night, Sydney and dozens of other satellite sites stop to watch short filmmaking and storytelling," explained Adam

Spencer described that this year the festival is ready for the biggest change. The event is scheduled before Christmas thus reducing the chances of rain spoiling the fun.

 "It's a miracle  we've only had one washed out and one so substantially affected by rain that people fled," told Adam.

Michael Laverty, Tropfest managing director said The Domain and Centennial Park will accommodate a bigger crowd as they are looking to grow the audience.

Adam Spencer, Marc Fennell and Yumi Stynes are the hosts for this year's Tropfest which will be broadcasted on SBS 2 instead of SBS 1.

"Tropfest is a great celebration of Australian creativity. It's a great opportunity for especially young filmmakers to make their mark." said Tony Iffland, SBS Director of TV

He said that the strategy is to make SBS 2 different from other channels available.

Tony stated that there will be a significant rise in the viewership compared to last year.

"We really want to capture the atmosphere. We don't want the broadcast to be a passive thing; we want it to be quite an immersive thing for the audience at home so they can a sense of being there. Centennial Park gives us the chance to get into that different style of production," said Tony. 

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