Tropfest 'vine' comp gives filmmakers six-second timeframe

FANCY yourself a bit of a short filmmaker?

What about an extremely short filmmaker?

Tropfest Australia reveals the launch of its inaugural #TROPVINE Competition, which is open to entrants all over the globe.

The competition will be the first official Vine competition in Australia.

Anyone, from anywhere around the world is invited to create a six-second Vine film featuring this year's TSI (Tropfest Signature Item) - 'MIRROR'.

After posting their Vine film on Twitter using the competition hashtags #tropvine #mirror and @TROPFEST, entrants need to get sharing their Vine with the world!

The 20 most popular Vines will form a shortlist, which will then be judged by a Tropfest jury.

The winning Vine-maker will win be the recipient of a VIP trip to Tropfest Australia 2014, including Qantas flights to Sydney, luxury accommodation at QT Sydney, Nikon camera gear, exclusive VIP tickets to Tropfest Australia 2014 and lunch with the crew from Twitter Australia!

Tropfest managing director Michael Laverty explains "the Vine platform provides a challenging and exciting platform for filmmakers. It's definitely a space that holds enormous potential for storytellers and we're really excited to see what stories will come out of our inaugural #TROPVINE Competition. Who knows, we might even see a preview to the winning Tropfest Australia 2014 film!"

In a partnership with Twitter, Tropfest, the world's largest short film festival, aim to generate a buzz of creativity around the globe with this new competition, challenging filmmakers worldwide to experiment with the TSI and come up with imaginative ways to tell a compelling story in under six seconds.

"The #tropvine concept sets a new challenge to the Australia's leading film makers to create the best six second film using Vine and Twitter. Vine is the best way to see and share life in motion, so partnering with the world's largest short film festival is a perfect opportunity" says Chris Ledlin, Media Partnerships, Twitter Australia.

Not only is this Tropfest's inaugural Vine competition, but it is also the first official Vine competition in Australia.

The competition will run over eight weeks with entries are open until midnight on September 21, 2014.

The shortlist will be unveiled on September 22 and the winner will be announced on September 27.

Entrants of the #tropvine competition may also feel encouraged to expand their Vine story and create a short film to be entered into this year's Tropfest Australia competition, which is open for entries from August 13, 2014.

Tropfest entries must be no longer than seven minutes, must include this year's TSI and be entered before October 2, 2014.

It is completely up to entrants as to how they interpret and include the TSI in their film and filmmakers are encouraged to be as creative or as literal as they like.

This year's festival is expected to be Tropfest's biggest yet with scores of filmmakers competing for the chance to be one of the 16 finalists whose short films will premiere live to a national audience of around 150,000, as well as broadcast free-to-air on SBS 2 to an even bigger home audience.

A panel of industry and celebrity judges will select a winner live on the Festival Night, with the First Prize-winning filmmaker to take home an incredible prize pack including: a brand new Toyota, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives thanks to Motion Picture Asociation and the Australian Screen Association plus a Nikon D800 + $2,000 RRP worth of lenses and accessories.

Tropfest had humble beginnings at the Tropicana Café in Sydney's Darlinghurst where an eager crowd of 200 showed up to watch a short film screening that John Polson had organized.

Twenty-two years on, Tropfest attracts a live audience of around 150,000 in Australia and the Festival has grown internationally with standalone competitions in New Zealand, South East Asia, New York and the Middle East.


The first official #tropvine competition will be open until midnight, September 21, 2014.

Entrants need to create a six-second Vine video incorporating the Tropfest TSI - 'MIRROR' - and post it to Twitter using the competition hasthags #tropvine #mirror and @TROPFEST.

After the entry has been moderated, it will appear on the Tropfest website and then be open to a public vote.

Up to 20 of the most popular Vines will be judged by an internal Tropfest jury.

Anyone, from anywhere, is invited to enter.

Full terms and conditions of entry apply, and can be found at

Visit for festival details, screening venues and regular updates on all things Trop!


Topics:  film movies tropfest vines

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