Robin Laing's report from Tropfest

Posted Tuesday 05 Feb 2013

"WIFT was also well represented behind the scenes with Catherine Fitzgerald working as a pre-selection judge and Katie Wolfe and ex-pat WIFT member Sara Wiseman, sitting on the final judging panel. Congratulations to New Plymouth on having secured this prestigious short film competition and festival - and to the people of New Plymouth for turning out in droves (all 8000 of them) to support the event.

Congratulations to the organisers for hosting and managing such a successful event with a high standard of presentation. And congratulations to the filmmakers whose entries set such a high standard for the future, and especially to local winner Dave Smith whose Cappuccino Tango was a crowd favourite. This event is open to all: experienced filmmakers as well as newcomers. There are cash prizes and an instant audience of thousands for the films that reach the finals. Come on WIFTERs - there's no excuse, you've got a year to deliver. Check out the website for conditions and get going."