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TROPFEST 2002 - WINNERS

A 10TH AND TWO FIRSTS
25/2/2002: Any one of half a dozen of the final entries deserved to win a major award at the 10th Tropfest last night, the first to be concurrently hosted and presented live in both Sydney and Melbourne, and the first under the new stewardship of Simon Lock’s Spin Group. And yes, it was a roaring success, reports Andrew L. Urban.

Sydney’s Domain – designed for Tropfest, surely – was totally packed with picnicers on the ground, stretching all the way almost to the front steps of the Art Gallery of NSW, with dozens of food tents selling everything from corn to doner kebab, soft drinks and nibbles. Patrons brought their own alcohol, and stayed on their best behaviour. That’s probably one of the underlying reasons for its continued success as a live event; despite being free, it’s thankfully free of yobbos and disruptive louts, ensuring everyone who comes can enjoy.

In the VIP marquee – larger by a factor of three than ever before – guests from showbiz mingled with guests from who knows where, enjoying the generosity of sponsors in both tangible and drinkable forms. Showtime even provided showbags for their own special guests – but I don’t know what was in them. (This is not a hint, guys.)

"distinctly Australian"

But it’s the films and filmmakers that it’s all about, and the final 16 showed a varied bunch has been inspired by the high profile event. There was diversity in style as well as subject matter, ranging from a short animation based on the idiot who tried to blow up a plane with explosives in his shoes, to a clever comedy about a group called Filmmakers Anonymous, whose confessional meetings end with a group hug.

The three major winners are all distinctly Australian: there’s the heartbreak of hunger in drought and the all-Australian solution with Lamb; the second film dealing with filmmaking itself, Tragic Love, which tells the story of an Australian short film maker doing his deals with Arni, Keanu and Tom on the phone; and Boomerang, the hilarious (fact based) story of a young woman whose novel solution for a novel problem with the toilet makes a hero out of her own poo. Yes folks, this program has something for everyone.

And the Tropicana Prize winner is as Australian as all gedout; shot like a news feature or documentary, it’s the true account of how a beertruck’s accident at Murwullimbah dumped its load into the local waterhole and how the locals ‘rescued’ the beer.

Although a record of 611 entries were received, only 12 lucky winners were awarded prizes…..and this year’s winners are:

1st Prize
Film Title: Lamb

Director: Emma Freeman
Producer: Emma Freeman
State: VIC

· 1st Prize Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· Trip for 2 to LA, 6 nights accommodation including breakfast
and airport to hotel transfers (valued at $10,000) Voyager Travel
· $5,000 Cash Kennedy Miller
· $7,000 Credit for Sound Edit & Mix Song Zu
· Kine transfer of winning film (valued at $5,000) Atlab
· 10 x 16mm Film Stock (valued at $1,860) Kodak
· $1,500 credit for 16mm Film Processing Atlab
· Free Registration for the Producer to SPAA 2002 SPAA

2nd Prize:
Film Title: Tragic Love
Director: Gary Eck
Producer: Paul Anderson
State: NSW

· 2nd Prize Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $10,000 Visual Effects / Post Production Credit Animal Logic Film
· A Production Book The Production Book
· $3,500 Cash Propeller Productions

3rd Prize:
Film Title: Boomerang
Director: Carla Drago
Producer: Lib Kelly
State: NSW

· 3rd Prize Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $2,500 Cash Ridley Scott’s Black Hawk Down

Best Male Actor – Jason Gann for Wilfred
Film Title: from Wilfred
Director: Tony Rogers
Producer: Adam Zwar
State: VIC

· Best Male Actor Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $3,000 Cash Nicole Kidman

Best Female Actor – Sarah Aubrey for Boomerang
Director: Carla Drago
Producer: Lib Kelly
State: NSW

· Best Female Actor Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $3,000 Cash Nicole Kidman

Best Comedy:
Film Title: Wilfred

Director: Tony Rogers
Producer: Adam Zwar
State: VIC

· Best Comedy Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $1,500 Cash Beach Culture

Best Cinematography: Carolyn Constantine
Film Title: Boomerang
Director: Carla Drago
Producer: Lib Kelly
State: NSW

· Best Cinematography Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $1,500 Cash Kodak

Best Screenplay – Emma Freeman for Lamb
Film Title: Lamb
Director: Emma Freeman
Producer: Emma Freeman
State: VIC

· Best Screenplay Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $1,500 Cash Zomba Records

Best Original Score – Composer: Registered Nurse
Film Title: Lamb
Director: Emma Freeman
Producer: Emma Freeman
State: VIC

· Best Original Score Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $1,000 Cash Song Zu
· $2,500 Credit for Studio Time at Albert’s Production APRA

Best Editing – Dan Lee for Boomerang
Director: Carla Drago
Producer: Lib Kelly
State: NSW

· Best Editing Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· Post Production Credit (valued at $1,500) Magnet Film & Video Editing
· $1,500 Cash & dinner for 10 people Wagamama

The Tropicana Award – Gary Doust for Murbah Swamp Beer
Director: Gary Doust
Producer: Brooke Wilson
State: NSW

· Tropicana Award Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· $1,500 Cash & Coffee for a year Tropicana Caffe, Sydney
· Coffee Machine & Beans La Casa Del Caffe
· Subscription to Sydney Morning Herald for 1 year Sydney Morning Herald

Intel Best Young Director’s Award - Charles Williams for I Cant Get Started
Director: Charles Williams
Producer: Charles Williams & Joel Kohn
State: VIC

Awarded to an Intel Tropfest director under the age of 21
· Best Young Director Trophy Dinosaur Designs
· Digital Director’s pack: Intel
Ø Compaq Pentium 4 PC
Ø Panasonic NV-MX8 DV Camera
Ø Adobe Editing Software
Ø Miller Tripod
Ø Lowelo-light and stand
Ø Pinnacle DV Capture Card
Ø Sennheiser MKE300 Prof Mike
Ø Sonic Fire Pro Sound editing software pack
Ø Clapper Board
(Valued at $15,000)

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Emma Freeman - Tropfest Winner 2002


Lamb


Tragic Love


Boomerang


Murbah Swamp Beer


I Can't Get Started

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Published February 25, 2002







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