Posted Monday 20 Jul 2015

Entries to Tropfest NZ 2016 were officially opened at a launch party held in Wellington in early July.

TAFT CEO Suzanne Porter and Tropfest International Managing Director Michael Laverty announced the prizes for the 2016 competition, which includes a cash prize of $10,000 for the winner.

Porter urged the launch guests, a mixture of professional filmmakers and industry heads to spread the Tropfest word and consider submitting a film. "The beauty of Tropfest is anyone can enter and anyone can win. Films don't need to have a huge budget, what we're looking for are outstanding stories told by New Zealanders."

First prize also includes a 5-day film immersion course in Los Angeles, where the winner will meet with film executives and key industry figures. The trip includes return flights, five nights' accommodation and $500 spending money, thanks to the continuing sponsorship of the Motion Picture Association and the NZ Screen Association.

Laverty, Managing Director of Tropfest International and Tropfest Australia, was impressed with the industry turn out for the launch. "Tropfest Australia is an iconic national event that attracts over 90,000 people to our main screening event. With the support I witnessed tonight I have no doubt the New Zealand festival will cultivate a similar following in years to come."

Tropfest NZ 2016 will be the fourth presentation of the competition and festival in New Zealand.

The competition provides sixteen talented filmmakers with the chance to kick start their careers. Past finalists have gone on to international festival success in North America, Europe and Australia.

Entry criteria is simple: films must be 7 minutes or less, and must include the Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) for 2016, which is DREAM. The TSI can be included in any way the filmmaker chooses.

Submitted films must have their worldwide premiere (including online) at Tropfest NZ.

The entry deadline for submissions is 6PM, Thursday 19 November 2015.

Tropfest NZ 2016 will be held at the TSB Bowl of Brooklands on Saturday 27 February 2016

For further information, please contact:

Cleo Wood
027 300 8124
06 759 8412