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  • As a member of the selection committee to decide the four recipients of the first MPA APSA Academy Film Fund in 2010, I was, like many others, inspired by the words of Asghar Farhadi, following his acceptance of the Best Foreign Language Film at the Academy Awards. Farhadi’s film A
  • One of the many things I’ve learnt making short films, is that before you set out to make your film, have an idea of which festival(s) you’re making your film for. From my experience, every festival has its own particular flavour, and as soon as I had the idea for
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  • It’s been a massive Tropfest 25! After months of planning, we’re happy to – once again – play a vital role in nurturing Sydney’s filmmaker community, and giving a platform to emerging filmmakers.
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  • On the 18th of February, on a balmy evening in New Plymouth, a large audience gathered in a grassy outdoor amphitheater to enjoy sixteen short films from a new generation of New Zealand filmmakers. All were excited to be sharing their stories and talent through the hugely influential platform Tropfest.

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