Tropfest and Trop Jr Winners + Prizing

It’s been a massive Tropfest 25! After months of planning, we’re happy to – once again – play a vital role in nurturing Sydney’s filmmaker community, and giving a platform to emerging filmmakers.

Across the 5 day festival, we were excited to launch TropTalks, our new education and filmmaker panel series – proudly supported by Western Sydney University. Throughout Tropfest 25, not only did we hold a successful Trop Jr and Tropfest, but we were excited to award our finalists with industry-backed awards for craftsmanship at our Craft Awards. Here are your Craft Award winners:

  • Best Cinematography (The Australian Cinematographers Society) – Tim Tregoning for Love, Steve
  • Best Editing (Australian Screen Editors Guild) – Eugene E-NRG for Mutonia Burnout
  • Best Sound (Australian Screen Sound Guild) – Shane Vancuylenber for Going Vego
  • Best Original Score (Australian Guild of Screen Composers) – Katya Sourikova for The Beekeepers
  • Best VFX (Visual Effects Society) - Tristan Klein for The Wall
  • Best Production Design (Australian Production Design Guild) - Kim Ritchie for Meat and Potatoes
  • Best Screenplay (HLA Management) - Matt Day for The Mother Situation

Prizing for the Craft Awards include a year’s membership and select mentorship programs from the correlating guild/society.

As you may know, the winners for Trop Jr and Tropfest 25 are Nick Ward for his film Pupils and Matt Day for The Mother Situation, respectively.

Prizing for this years’ Trop Jr winner – thanks to our wonderful partners - includes $3,500 from Event Cinemas and UNAA to put towards their next film project, which will premiere at Event Cinemas (during the year). A $500 Westfield voucher and one year pass to Event Cinemas Gold Pass has also been provided.

Alternatively, the winner for Tropfest 25 takes home an incredible array of prizes which include $10,000 courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell; a return trip to LA for meetings with industry professionals and networking, courtesy of The Motion Picture Association; a Hyundai Tuscon for a year; Western Sydney University Studio Prize Package valued at $12,500; a one year associate membership with the Australian Director’s Guild; a one year account with Getty Images; a $1,000 Westfield Parramatta voucher; $1,000 worth of Uber credit; and a one year pass to Event Cinemas Gold Class.    

Again, a huge congratulations to our winners, including our final 16 filmmakers for both Trop Jr and Tropfest. With support from our prizing partners, Tropfest is able to give our winners the opportunity to further develop their skills, and we look forward to following their journey.

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