Prolific Australian Mad Max director and Tropfest board member George Miller took some time out from being critically acclaimed for his films today to announce that as of next year, the world's biggest short film festival will take place in Parramatta Park in Western Sydney.
Tropfest founder John Polson said moving the festival into the geographical heart of Sydney — just a short train ride from Central station — was not just a matter of making the festival accessible to more people, but also an excellent opportunity for growth. "Tropfest needed a fresh base where it can be nurtured, expand and eventually become a multi-event festival."
This is not the only change for the festival, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2017. Next year's Tropfest is scheduled for February 11 — the first time it has been held on a Saturday. While organisers are remaining tight-lipped, the shift suggests next year's festivities may carry on after the final credits roll.