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25 August 2016 Posted by 


New home for iconic film festival

PARRAMATTA will be the focus of the global film industry next February when Tropfest relocates to its new home in Parramatta Park.

The move coincides with the 25th anniversary of Australia’s most prestigious short film festival, which is the largest event of its kind in the world.

It will give the festival an opportunity to expand and make it more accessible for film lovers from across Sydney and beyond.

“Great cities have great festivals and this is a chance for the Parramatta community to be part of one of the world’s best-loved film festivals. Council is proud to partner with the

Western Sydney Parklands Trust and the organisers of Tropfest to bring this world-class event to Parramatta,” City of Parramatta Administrator Amanda Chadwick said.

Moving Tropfest to Parramatta places the event at the heart of Global Sydney, and adds to the city’s growing reputation as a thriving centre for arts and culture.

It is expected that more than 50,000 people will attend the event, providing major tourism benefits for Parramatta and injecting at least $2M into the local economy.

“Parramatta is a true events destination and I’m sure Tropfest will find a happy home in our city. Bringing Tropfest to Parramatta Park will give the event room to grow and prosper and will enable a whole new audience to discover the future stars of Australian film,” Ms Chadwick said.

Founder of Tropfest, John Polson said: “It’s difficult to put into words how excited I am about our move to Parramatta. As soon as I laid eyes on beautiful Parramatta Park, I knew we’d found our new home.

“Seeing the support and enthusiasm from our new partners at Parramatta only confirmed that belief. For me, this is an amazing opportunity to bring our loyal Tropfest audience with us as we embark on a new journey with new film lovers - and filmmakers - at our beautiful new home,” Mr Polson said.

The 25th annual Tropfest will be held in Parramatta Park on Saturday, February 11, 2017. Entries for the festival open in September and the Tropfest Signature Item for 2017 will be ‘Pineapple’.

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