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Tim Minchin, hot hosts and top judges round out the biggest Tropfest ever!

Published: 16 February 2018 at 12:00 am

Tropfest Australia, supported by foundation partner CGU Insurance, today announces Primetime Emmy-nominated filmmaker Garth Davis (Lion), BAFTA-nominated Aussie documentarian Jennifer Peedom (Mountain), and Logie award-winning Indigenous actor Rob Collins (Cleverman) will join Academy Award winner Susan Sarandon on the Tropfest Australia 2018 Jury, with even more exciting jurors to be announced later this week!

This extraordinary panel of industry leaders will select a winner from 16 Finalists at the main event on Saturday 17 February at Parramatta Park; which will screen on a live national broadcast on ABC COMEDY, as well as on YouTube globally.

Hosting the live broadcast will be ABC’s beloved Zan Rowe (Double J Mornings) and comedian Susie Youssef (The Chaser’s Media Circus). The broadcast will also feature a special guest performance by internationally-renowned comedic showman Tim Minchin.

Festivities begin from 10am at Event Cinemas Parramatta with Trop Jr. Hosted by Andrew Ryan (Tomorrow, When the War Began) and Kristy Best (Neighbours), Trop Jr will premiere 17 incredible films from filmmakers aged 15 and under. The event is FREE but seats are first come, first serve - so be sure to get in early!

The Trop Jr winner will be selected by a panel of young Aussie screen stars, including: Lincoln Younes (Home and Away), Madeleine Clunies-Ross (A Place to Call Home), Sean Keenan (Puberty Blues), Julian Maroun (Romper Stomper), Tiarnie Coupland (Neighbours), Penny McNamee (Home and Away) and winner of Trop Jr 2017 Nick Ward. Since his win, Ward has earned a coveted spot in the 2018 Tropfest Finalists line-up screening later that night.

The FREE day of independent film and fun then moves to The Crescent in Parramatta Park from midday, with entertainment throughout the afternoon.

It’s not often you can catch a flick and BYO booze, so pack a cheeky beverage and a picnic hamper, or just grab a brew and a chew from the Tropfest Food Village from 12pm, offering everything from family favourites to gourmet delights.

Head down early and enjoy the live entertainment from 4pm, with fifteen-piece Cumbia orchestra Cumbiamuffin and their contagious Latin American rhythms; plus a set from rising R&B star Thandi Phoenix, who’s shared the stage with the likes of Tinie Tempah and Rudimental.

Once you’re in, catch some good vibes at the Nova chill-out lounge, complete with games and table tennis; win the chance to catch all the Tropfest action from the back of one of Holden’s shiny new Equinox (also part of first prize on the night!); or be serenaded by the talented young buskers from Western Sydney University scattered throughout the Park. Tickets are also still on sale for Pick Your Patch, so avoid the crowds and secure unbeatable views of the action!

Parramatta is just a quick 25-minute train ride from Sydney’s Central Station. With plenty of bus services available, plus a free shuttle to and from Parramatta Park from Parramatta Station, getting there will be a breeze.

Tropfest is supported by Foundation Partner CGU Insurance, Presenting Partner Melrose Park by PAYCE, Exclusive Automotive Partner Holden and Strategic Partners Western Sydney University, Parramatta Park Trust, and the City of Parramatta. The ABC is the Exclusive Broadcast Partner and YouTube the Live Streaming Partner. Tropfest is also supported by Major Government Partner, Screen Australia.

Event information

What: Tropfest 2018

When: Saturday 17 February, 12 – 11pm

Where: The Crescent – Parramatta Park, Parramatta, NSW 2150 – maps available HERE

Price: FREE


Download the program guide

12pm: Gates open - Tropfest Food Village opens

4pm: Entertainment at The Crescent - Hosted by Andy Ryan and Kristy Best

4:30pm: Screenings of Trop Jr 2018 final three films + the Best of Tropfest

5:25pm: Cumbiamuffin performance

6:30pm: Thandi Phoenix performance

8pm: ABC live national broadcast commences + screening of the Tropfest finalist films

9:15pm: Special guest performance by Tim Minchin

10:45pm: Announcement of Tropfest winners + awards presentation

Tropfest Food Village options

  • The Original Soup Man
  • Happy as Larry
  • Bar Coco Coffee and Gelato
  • Volkswurst
  • Memphis BBQ Pit
  • De Wafel
  • Fancy Banger
  • Epic Pizza
  • Gourmet Pizza
  • Cuban Cantina
  • Emmy’s Turkish Gozleme

For more information

For event details, screening venues, public transport options and regular updates on all things Trop visit:

Website: www.tropfest.org.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/tropfest

Twitter: www.twitter.com/tropfest

Instagram: www.instagram.com/tropfest

YouTube: www.youtube.com/user/tropfest

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