TropTalks is our ideas and education program, jointly presented with Western Sydney University, giving filmmakers and those with an interest in film an opportunity to discuss and debate key topics that impact the industry. Panels will feature Tropfest’s best known talent, alumni and friends to capture a broad audience and encourage debate with perspective.

Each TropTalk has a subsidy for all student intersted in the program (from both Western Sydney University and all other tertiary institutions). 

Our current roster of TropTalks, Presented by Western Sydney Univeristy is:


  • Tuesday, February 7th, 7.00pm

  • Location: Riverside Theatre, Parramatta

In such a fast paced world it is often challenging to know which emerging trends to follow, consider and trial.

Join us as we bring together knowledgeable industry experts including CEO and Founder of Animal Logic Zareh Nalbandian, Head of Production Technology at Animal Logic, Aidan Sarsfield, CEO and Founder of Proxi VR, Guy Norris, Director of Proxi VR, Harrison Norris and Cinematographer & Director of Photography Velinda Wardell to discuss what the future holds based on technology lead impacts.


  • Thursday, February 9th, 5.00pm

  • Location: Western Sydney University - 1 Parramatta Square campus

Join Tropfest founder John Polson for an intimate chat with a selection of Tropfest Alumni including: Writer, Director Genevieve Clay-Smith, Actor, Director Clayton Jacobson, Actor, Writer & Director Rob Carlton and Actor & Director Matilda Brown, to hear where they went from Tropfest, what they are up to today and what’s next on their agenda.


  • Friday February 10th, 12.00pm

  • Location: Western Sydney University - 1 Parramatta Square campus

At Tropfest, we believe diversity fosters greater innovation, stronger connections and more creative outcomes.

Join our panellists; Award-Winning Director of ‘Gayby Baby’  Maya Newell, CEO of Ausfilm Debra Richards, Award-winning Producer Marian Macgowan and Director and Western Sydney University Lecturer Dr. Amin Palangi, Executive Director of Diversity Arts Australia, Lena Nahlous,  Director and President of Directors' Guild, Samantha Lang and Screen Australia Senior Development and Production Executive, Nerida Moore to discuss new and practical ways of encouraging diversity within the film industry.

To find out more, and to secure your ticket, click here

OPENING NIGHT - Wednesday 8th FEB

We begin by kicking off Tropfest's 5 day festival with a stellar opening night party! As we celebrate 25 years of short film, we'll be saying a hello and a hi to our 32 Tropfest and Trop Jr finalists. 


CRAFT AWARDS - Thursday 9th FEB

Tropfest’s event to celebrate all aspects of the craft of filmmaking!

The industry will come together to celebrate and acknowledge the best of Australian film production. With thanks to our affiliate partners, the Australian Cinematographers Society, Australian Screen Editors, Australian Guild of Screen Composers, Australian Screen Sound Guild, the Visual Effects Society and the Australian Production Designer’s Guild, the Tropfest 25 Craft Awards recognise excellence in the fields of screenwriting, cinematography, editing, sound, screen music composition, VFX and production design.

TROP JR - Saturday 11th FEB, 12pm

Modelled on Tropfest, Trop Jr is our signature event showcasing the work of our 16 finalist films, made by incredibly talented filmmakers age 15 years and under.

Join us at this FREE family event with live entertainment, music and of course… short film! 

When: Saturday 11th February 2017 with live music, entertainment and activities kicking off from 12pm. 

Where: Event Cinemas Westfield Parramatta, Level 4 159-175 Church Street, Parramatta

How to get there: Take the T1 North Shore, Northern and Western Line from Central Station to Parramatta (about 30 min) and walk to Parramatta Park. 

What to bring: We’ve got all your festival cravings covered with heaps of delicious food and drink available, so all you’ll need is a picnic blanket and a bunch of friends and family! 

TROPFEST - Saturday 11th FEB, from 2pm

Join us for a FREE night under the stars as we premier our 16 incredible finalist films at the iconic and beautiful Parramatta Park.

What’s happening: We have an exciting afternoon and evening lined up with live music, a screening of all 24 past winners of tropfest, black carpet arrivals and of course, the world premier of our 16 finalist films! 

When: Saturday 11th February 2017 kicking off from 2pm.

Where: Parramatta Park

How to get there: Catch the Pineapple Express from Central! Just go to Platform 5 and catch the train to Parramatta. The Pineapple Express will be leaving at 12.05pm, 1.05pm and 2.10pm


Take the T1 North Shore, Northern and Western Line from Central Station to Parramatta  (about 30 min) and walk to Parramatta Park.

What to bring: We’ve got all your festival cravings covered with heaps of delicious food and drink available on the night. So all you’ll need is a picnic blanket and a bunch of friends.

Tropfest Pick Your Patch

Introducing ‘Pick Your Patch, a way to reserve a premium patch of grass (and a chair) with great views of the screens, access to great bars and loads of other perks. Arrive when you like, knowing that your perfect spot will be ready and waiting for you!

Whether you purchase seats with a special someone, or get together with your whole gang, you can enjoy the convenience of a comfy seat and enjoy the film premieres, live music, exclusive bar access and more. For a Trop-BEST experience, you can pre-order a delicious hamper to enjoy . Plus, to celebrate our 25th Birthday, there will be special, limited edition t-shirt only available to Patch guests.