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Matt Day, best known as a movie & TV actor, is the winner of the 25th anniversary Tropfest, which was held for the first time at Parramatta Park in Sydney, with his film, The Mother Situation, which tells the comedic story of three adult siblings who assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide. Along with the other 15 finalists, it was screened to a crowd of nearly 40,000 people in Parramatta, broadcast nationally on Channel Eleven and globally on Red Bull TV.

Matt Day, winner of Tropfest 2017

Matt, who also won the Best Screenplay Award with the film, takes home an array of prizes including $10,000 courtesy of Kennedy Miller Mitchell; a return trip to LA for meetings with industry professionals and networking, courtesy of The Motion Picture Association; a Hyundai Tuscon for a year; Western Sydney University Studio Prize Package valued at $12,500; a one year associate membership with the Australian Director’s Guild; a one year account with Getty Images; a $1,000 Westfield Parramatta voucher; $1,000 worth of Uber credit; and a one year pass to Event Cinemas Gold Class.

Founder and Chair John Polson said, “It has been another incredible year of TROPFEST and it has been amazing to see audiences come and enjoy the event at our new home in Parramatta Park, despite the extreme heat. I am thrilled that this year half of our sixteen finalists are women and while all sixteen films were truly outstanding, The Mother Situation had the edge to take out the top prize.”

Second prize was awarded to Arielle Thomas and Ellenor Argyropoulos for their film Meat and Potatoes and third prize went to Daphne Do for Wibble Wobble. Arielle Thomas and Sacha Horler were announced as joint winners for best actress, with Edward Chalmers being named best actor for Wibble Wobble.

The Tropfest Junior winner is:
Pupils, directed by Nick Ward, NSW.

The 2017 Tropfest Craft Award recipients are:
Winner of Best Cinematography - Judged and Presented by The Australian Cinematographers Society
Tim Tregoning - Love, Steve

Winner of Best Editing - Judged and Presented by the Australian Screen Editors Guild
Eugene E~NRG - Mutonia Burnout
Winner of Best Sound - Judged and Presented by the Australian Screen Sound Guild
Shane Vancuylenberg - Going Vego

Winner of Best Original Score- Judged and Presented by the Australian Guild of Screen Composers
Katya Sourikova - The Beekeepers

Winner of Best VFX - Judged and Presented by the Visual Effects Society
Tristan Klein - The Wall

Winner of Best Production Design - Judged and Presented by the Australian Production Design Guild
Kim Ritchie - Meat and Potatoes

Winner of Best Screenplay - Judges and Presenter provided by HLA Management
Matt Day - The Mother Situation

Tropfest founder John Polson with Head of the Jury, Rose Byrne

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Matt Day - Tropfest 2017 winner

Credit: Photos Andy Green, Red Bull Content Pool

“I didn’t expect this to happen. I was just really looking forward to getting my film in front of as many people as possible so receiving the win is just a bonus. Tonight was the first time that I saw the film off of my laptop and I do my own post-production work so I was just pleased that it all came together”said Matt.

Tropfest 2017 judge Sam Neil

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