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MPA Supports Tropfest Australia Winner With Film Industry Trip To Los Angeles

  • 18Feb 2013

SYDNEY/SINGAPORE: On February 17, Nicholas Clifford was awarded top prize at Tropfest Australia – the world’s largest short film festival, winning a trip to Los Angeles to meet film industry executives, producers and film organizations thanks to the Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Australian Federation Against Copyright Theft (AFACT).

In Clifford’s beautifully crafted film, We’ve All Been There, a young pregnant waitress in need of a break is the recipient of an act of kindness from a woman who recently experienced an act of kindness herself.

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The top prize was presented by Tropfest judge and star of Avatar, Australian Sam Worthington, in front of a huge live audience of film lovers. Worthington said, “(Tropfest) …is about a celebration. It’s not about me, it’s about these guys’ films connecting with 80,000 people and exciting them… It’s about telling stories and that’s what this event does really well.”

Winning director Nicholas Clifford said, “Thanks to everyone for coming to Tropfest! It was an amazing night full of awesome films. Can’t wait to go to LA – it’s the perfect place to be making films and puts you in the heart of the industry!”

Film director, Tropfest judge and 2012 winner, Alethea Jones, said: “Without doubt, the opportunity that Tropfest and the Motion Picture Association have granted me - to travel all expenses paid to LA and take meetings - has changed my life. Not only have those meetings been fruitful (one of which, resulted in my signing on to direct a feature film over in the states) but I’ve learnt so much about the wider entertainment industry. This time last year I was confused about how to reach a broader audience and at a loss about finding my way into the industry. Now I’m in pre production for an Australian sketch show with the wonderful production company, Jungleboys and casting my first feature over in LA. That platform to go to LA was an absolute game changer and I’m beyond grateful and humbled by the difference it has made to my life.”

Tropfest director John Polson said, “As Tropfest has grown in size and stature, one of the most pleasurable experiences is to see the breadth of opportunities that have opened up to the finalist filmmakers, and especially our winners. This has only been achievable through the contribution of our partners, who recognise the terrific creative talent of our filmmakers and give generously to support their development. Chief amongst these associates is the Motion Picture Association, who has worked closely with us for a couple of years now, and has become our first global partner. Their support of young filmmakers through the first prize trip to Los Angeles is incredibly valuable, and I hope Nicholas will enjoy the experience for all that it is worth.”

Mike Ellis, President and Managing Director Asia Pacific, MPA said, “The creative and technical ability of this year’s Tropfest Australia finalists is astonishing, and we applaud all of them for their dedication to their craft. We’ve All Been There was undoubtedly much appreciated by the huge live audience and a judge’s favourite. We’re tremendously pleased to continue our close association with Tropfest around the world. Our year long partnership has been extremely fruitful and we once again thank John and his team for the opportunity to continue supporting emerging filmmakers as they chart their adventure into the challenging and rewarding world of filmmaking.”

Nicholas Clifford was a Tropfest finalist in 2012 with a film called Kitchen Sink Drama. He has a Graduate Diploma from the Australian Film Television and Radio School, is a film and television graduate from RMIT, and lived in Beijing for a year working on a television series.

To view We’ve All Been There and the other Tropfest Australia films please click here

On 13 December 2012, Tropfest founder John Polson was awarded the Asia Pacific Copyright Educator (ACE) Award at CineAsia, the largest convention for cinema exhibitors and distributors in Asia. The award acknowledged Polson’s work raising awareness about the value of screen content, and the need to provide a strong copyright framework for filmmakers, not least those at the beginning of their creative careers.


About Tropfest
Tropfest is the world’s largest short film festival. It began in a Sydney café (‘The Tropicana’) 20 years ago with a single $100 short film and an audience of 200 people. Today the Australian free event is attended annually by a live audience of over 150,000 film-lovers and hundreds of thousands more watching via its national, live TV broadcast and other platforms. Tropfest has recently launched in New Zealand, Arabia and South East Asia, with China and others in the planning stages. In 2012, it launched in the USA with Tropfest Las Vegas and Tropfest New York.

In the past two decades, Tropfest has become known as one of the world’s most exciting launch-pads for emerging filmmakers. Tropfest is also known for securing the support of some of the biggest names in the international film community. Tropfest USA’s Official Ambassadors include Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman, Geoffrey Rush, Charles Randolph and Anthony Lapaglia. The Tropfest YouTube Channel has had over 11 million video views, with around 40% of those coming from the United States. The Channel provides film enthusiasts the chance to watch the top films from past festivals, click here

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About the MPA: Promoting & Protecting Screen Communities in Asia Pacific

The Motion Picture Association (MPA) and the Motion Picture Association International (MPA-I) represent the interests of the six international producers and distributors of filmed entertainment. To do so, they promote and protect the intellectual property rights of these companies and conduct public awareness programs to highlight to movie fans around the world the importance of content protection. These activities have helped to transform entire markets benefiting film and television industries in each country including foreign and local filmmakers alike.

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