and sweet, by Richard Jinman - 5th February 2004
Sydney Morning Herald
Annabel Osborne learned her film Chipman was one of
this year's 16 Tropfest short film festival finalists,
excitement got the better of her.
squealed like a pig and ran up and down the hallway,"
said the 29-year-old film-maker from Coogee who made
her seven-minute short for $6000. "Then I called
everyone I know."
received a devilish 666 entries this year.
fewer than the record 723 films entered last year,
but organisers claim the overall standard - in particular
the production values of the entries - is higher than
a film about a man who realises his life's purpose
while feeding chips to the seagulls at Manly, is part
of a diverse group of finalists announced yesterday.
There are two animations, three "mockumentaries"
- inspired, perhaps by the success of television's
The Office - as well as the usual dramas and comedies.
interpretation of this year's signature item, a hook,
was just as diverse. Some film-makers went for piratical
prosthetics, but addictions and musical riffs were
usual, film-makers from NSW supplied most of the films
(389), but a sharp increase in entries from Tasmania,
the ACT and the Northern Territory suggests the festival's
appeal is still broadening. The top awards will be
handed out on February 22 when Tropfest 2004 is held
in the Domain from 3pm.
"Hollywood names" will be among the judges,
said Tropfest's project director, Serena Paull.
Polson, who started the festival in the early 1990s
in Darlinghurst's Tropicana Caffe, is in New York
directing a Robert De Niro thriller. "We still
consult with him every day and he watched all these
films in New York on his one day off," said Ms
Paull at a finalists' gathering in the Domain yesterday.
Worthington, a star of the Australian feature Gettin'
Square, is also a Tropfest finalist. The Sydney actor
directed the wry comedy Enzo. "It's the first
time I've ever directed anything, so I didn't have
a clue," said Worthington, who wrote the short
film with friends Dorian Nkono and Andrew Legalo.
shot it over four days in Moore Park and Bondi for
about $500." Worthington said he was thrilled
the film made the cut, but would "stick with