The countdown is on for Tropfest 2013, as Australia's largest short film festival announces its call for entries.
SBS Film

1 Jul 2013 - 12:08 AM  UPDATED 1 Jul 2013 - 12:08 AM

Want to make a Tropfest film? Well get ready and charge up your camera because entries officially open on August 15.

Stop procrastinating, just put your ideas into action and get the ball rolling.

The winning filmmaker of this year's event will receive global attention from the local and international film community, a new Toyota, a Nikon D800 DSLR plus $2,000 worth of accessories, a $10,000 cash prize, a trip to Los Angeles for meetings with film executives.

Tropfest Australia attracts an event audience of approximately 150,000 people on a single night and this year will attract even more with short film fans across Australia tuning in to SBS 2 to watch the event on December 8, and streaming the broadcast live at SBSOnDemand.

Films must be no longer than seven minutes and must include this year's Tropfest Signature Item (TSI): “Change”. It is up to entrants to interpret how they will include the TSI in their film. Complete entry guidelines are available here.

Matt Bird, three-time finalist at Tropfest, has watched the competition and the talent pool grow over the years. When asked what keeps him coming back to the competition, Bird answers: “It's such great exposure to filmmakers and a chance for me to show my creative projects to thousands of people.”

His advice to future Tropfest entrants is simple: “Stop procrastinating, just put your ideas into action and get the ball rolling.”

Entrants will have their work judged by some of the biggest international actors and filmmakers around. Past judges have included Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman, Toni Collette, Russell Crowe, Geoffrey Rush, Sam Worthington and many more.

Image: Last year's winner Nicholas Clifford (r), is congratulated by Tropfest founder John Polson, as judge Sam Worthington looks on.