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Rising Phoenix-like from potential annihilation, Tropfest went smoothly on Valentine’s Day (Feb 14) at Centennial Park, with a four minute stop motion animation taking the major prize: Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos and Spencer Susser are the winners of Tropfest Australia with Shiny, which challenges the materialistic status quo; it also won the Craft Awards for Sound Design and VFX.


The pair will receive a Hyundai Tucson for a year, $10,000 cash, a trip to Los Angeles for a week of meetings with film executives, an HP Spectre x2 as well as a Nikon D810 and Nikkor lenses and accessories.

Nick Baker and Tristan Klein from Sydney, picked up second prize for their animation Postcards to Ulay. Third Prize went to Rick Donald from Sydney for The ATM.

A $3,000 prize donated by Nicole Kidman went to Best Male Actor Rick Donald for his role as Frankie in The ATM, and Best Female Actress Natalie Bassingthwaighte for her performance as Sarah in Why Would I Lie?

Jeff Harding won the Nikon DSLR Film category, for Andrew Kennedy and Tim Chatfield, a documentary about Australia’s first World Light Heavyweight Champion. The duo will be taking home a brand new Nikon D610 and $3,000 worth of Nikkor lenses and accessories.

The judges were Mel Gibson, Simon Baker, Rebecca Gibney, Moulin Rouge! Cinematographer Don McAlpine and Jocelyn Moorhouse, Director of 2015’s top Aussie film The Dressmaker, and AACTA-nominated documentary filmmaker Maya Newell.

For the first time since 2012, Tropfest‘s Craft Awards returned, recognising excellence in six vital fields. The winners are: Viv Scanu Acs for cinematography; Josh Grom for editing; Andy Scott for scoring; Nick Baker for screenwriting; Daniel ‘Cloud’ Campos & Spencer Susser VFX and Derek Vanderhorst for sound design.

An estimated 100,000 people watched Tropfest live at Centeniial Park and other venues around Australia, and SBS2 telecast the event live and online.

Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson, said: “I congratulate Daniel Cloud Campos and Spencer Susser on taking home the Tropfest trophy this evening. Tonight’s turn out shows Tropfest is more alive and relevant than ever. It’s thrilling to see so many supporters of short film come out to celebrate grassroots storytelling. Tropfest’s ability to celebrate the phenomenal talent of these filmmakers with film industry heavyweights and such a huge national audience is the part of the magic that has taken many of our winners to the next level of their careers.”

“The last few months have been an incredible - at times very difficult - journey. Just a couple of months ago, I truly believed there would never be another Tropfest because of what happened. But thanks to CGU Insurance, here we are, having screened 16 incredible finalist films to hundreds of thousands of people all over Australia and the world. It’s hard to put into words what we owe CGU Insurance for keeping this uniquely Australian event on the tracks. It’s a wonderful feeling knowing Tropfest - and the many small businesses that rely on us every year - will continue,” he said.

In addition to new partner CGU Insurance, Tropfest is supported by the NSW Government through Destination NSW and Screen NSW; as well as returning major partners Qantas, Nikon, Centennial Parklands, SBS 2, Screen Australia, and Nova 96.9.

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