Victorian filmmakers dominate Tropfest 2019

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Check out the winners!

In true Aussie spirit, a little bad weather couldn’t deter the amazing turnout for Tropfest Australia 2019.

Despite a quick location change after storms tore through the event site, nothing could dampen Brendan Pinches spirits, who received the crowning accolade with his film Be You T. Fool.  

Hailing from Templestowe, Victoria, Pinches’ short documentary is based on an iconic yet anonymous Melbourne street artist, who inspires and delights commuters on the bustling Chandler Bridge with her distinct pasted portraits.

As part of his prize, he will receive an Equinox LS+ valued at $32,000 from Holden; a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell; a $500 Camera Hire voucher; a 12 month Gold Pass courtesy of Event Cinemas; and a Professional Subscription to Digital Pigeon.

He will also partake in a film immersion course and a “week of meetings” in LA with agents, studio executives and other industry professionals, plus a year’s membership to the Australian Director’s Guild, and a trophy exclusively designed by Dinosaur Designs.

The short film was unanimously selected by a star-studded panel including AFI Award-winning Australian film legend Eric Bana, leading Australian actress Marta Dusseldorp (A Place to Call Home), AACTA-nominated Indigenous actor Aaron Pedersen (Mystery Road), screen star Jessica McNamee (Packed to the Rafters), award-winning filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom), and Australian producer Michele Bennett (Chopper).

“The winning films for Tropfest 2019 were incredibly inspiring. Above all, the films explored crucial life lessons. It was a tough decision, and the variety of films made determining a winner very difficult,” said the jury. 

Taking home second place was another Victorian filmmaker Rory Kelly of Melbourne, whose short film Comican’t’s lead actors Ryan New and Andrew Tresidder together took out the Best Male Actor prize. 

Best Female Actress came in at a tie between Evelyn Krape for her role in Can You Hear Me and Shabana Azeez in Crush

Third place was awarded to Cassie de Colling of Ascot Vale, Victoria, for Allie.  

The finalist films will be broadcast today online as part of Tropfest All Access – an interactive show, at 4pm AEDT on Tropfest’s Facebook page, hosted by film geek Maude Garrett. 


Written By Brynn Davies