Tropfest Mentors Young Filmmakers With Trop Jr Roughcut in Melbourne and Sydney

Simon de Bruyn, Contributing Writer
Australia's biggest short film competition, Tropfest, is no stranger to expansion. After starting in a cafe in Sydney it's since grown to become a monolithic annual Summer event and has expanded internationally to include new competitions in New Zealand and North America, as well as Tropfest Arabia, covering the Middle East and North Africa. 

It's also expanded the age range of filmmakers it preaches to, introducing Trop Jr as a separate competition in 2008 for aspiring filmmakers aged 15 years and younger. Last year the brand grew even further, adding a filmmaking symposium called Roughcut to the calendar. And this year, Tropfest is launching Trop Jr Roughcut, a day-long filmmaking event aimed at inspiring and educating the next generation of Australian filmmakers.

There are two such events this year, in Melbourne and Sydney, and it's sure to grow in future. I've included the dates, venues and different line-ups below. As an added benefit the Melbourne event will be held during the Melbourne International Film Festival, so you can pop out and see a film afterwards from the festival's Next Gen program.

MELBOURNE
1 August, 2013
The Wheeler Centre

Guest Speakers

Matthew Chuang 
Matthew is a full-time content creator for the film industry. Matthew started filmmaking at a young age and now aims to inspire others to follow a similar journey.

Jason van Genderen
An award-winning filmmaker, most recently taking out the Nokia Award at Sundance London, Jason will demonstrate creative ways to make films without fancy equipment and share his top ten tips for filming on a budget.

Eddie White (pictured above)
Eddie's award-winning film The Cat Piano (narrated by Nick Cave) won awards at The Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and Australian Film Institute Awards as well as awards overseas. In this session he'll talk about his career and how to get started with animation.

Guy Gross
One of Australia's leading film and television composers and BAFTA-nominated composer of the score for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Guy will talk about that ever-important element of filmmaking, Music, and will discuss his career, his beginnings and how music can influence on-screen storytelling.

Dena Kaplan and Alicia Banit, stars of ABC3's Dance Academy, and series Co-Creator, Joanna Werner.  
Dena and Alicia will be joined on stage by the shows Executive Producer, Producer and Co-Creator, Joanna Werner. Interviewed by Director Eddie White, the informal Q&A aims to provide aspiring actors and filmmakers with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how an award-winning TV series comes together, the actors audition process, how the characters were developed and how to make it in the 'biz'.

SYDNEY
8 August, 2013
Lend Lease Theatre,
Darling Quarter

Guest Speakers

Toby Morris
Toby is a full-time content creator for the film industry. Becoming involved in filmmaking at a young age, his talk will aim at inspiring others to follow a similar journey.

Jason van Genderen
An award-winning filmmaker, most recently taking out the Nokia Award at Sundance London, Jason will demonstrate creative ways to make films without fancy equipment and share his top ten do's and don'ts for filming on a budget.

Eddie White
Eddie's award-winning film The Cat Piano (narrated by Nick Cave) won awards at The Melbourne International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Adelaide Film Festival and Australian Film Institute Awards as well as awards overseas. In this session he'll talk about his career and how to get started with animation.

Guy Gross
One of Australia's leading film and television composers and BAFTA-nominated composer of the score for Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, Guy will talk about that ever-important element of filmmaking, Music, and will discuss his career, his beginnings and how music can influence on-screen storytelling.

Actors Panel
A selection of some of Australia's brightest names in acting, in a general Q&A format. Young actors will speak about how they started, how they collaborate together, highs and lows, dreams and aspirations.

Kym Goldsworthy and Gina Roncoli
Kym and Gina, both multiple AWGIE (Australian Writers Guild Award) nominees and winners, have extensive experience in script writing and editing for both children and adult series. They will be talking about the screenwriting process and writing compelling pieces for both film and television.


Trop Jr Roughcut is presented by the Australian Children's Television Foundation. Follow the link below to find out more and book tickets.
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