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SBS Film

12 Nov 2013 - 12:55 PM  UPDATED 12 Nov 2013 - 12:55 PM

Australia's iconic short film festival, Tropfest, will celebrate its 22nd birthday at its new home on SBS 2 next month on Sunday December 8 broadcast live from Centennial Park.

The Tropfest Signature Item (TSI) of 'Change' is entirely appropriate, given the change to SBS 2, the change of date - to December, and the change to the bigger venue of Centennial Parklands.

One more change being thrown in for good measure is the addition of SBS 2's Marc Fennell to the host lineup. Marc will be joining Adam Spencer and Yumi Stynes as the host of the event and its broadcast on SBS 2 (and streamed online at www.sbs.com.au/tropfest)

Since its humble beginnings 21 years ago at a café in Darlinghurst Tropfest has evolved to become a feature on the national event calendar attracting huge crowds in Sydney as well as live screenings at locations across Australia including Melbourne, Canberra, Perth, Brisbane, Hobart, Adelaide and Surfers Paradise.

Over 650 budding filmmakers have entered their short films for Tropfest Australia 22 and the 16 finalists will be announced next week.

This year the chatter will go beyond the park and out of your lounge room, as SBS Online takes your conversation to the big screen. There will be a live social TV experience during the broadcast with tweets and Facebook messages displayed on screen throughout the broadcast from conversations using the hashtag #tropfest. In conjunction with the television broadcast SBS online will be streaming the broadcast live at sbs.com.au/tropfest where there will also be exclusive video extras with the finalists.