Tropfest Arabia – The largest short film festival in the world

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“2011 marks the first year that TROPFEST has been held in the Arab world. TROPFEST Arabia 2011 covers the Middle East and North Africa region and is open to Nationals of Algeria, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestinian territories (the West Bank and Gaza Strip), Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

TROPFEST Arabia is the latest incarnation of TROPFEST, which was founded by award-winning actor and director John Polson and began as an informal festival of short films for John’s friends, family, cast and crew.
The first ever event was held in 1993 at the Tropicana Café, which is located in an inner-city suburb of Sydney, Australia. Despite its informal billing, over 200 people showed up on the night; inspired by the turn out, John decided then that he would try to establish a fully-fledged short film festival.

From these modest beginnings, TROPFEST has grown into one of world’s foremost short film festivals. In Australia, TROPFEST has become a national institution and attracts a live national audience of more than 150,000 people and a live television audience of over one million, on a single night.

Despite the huge audiences the festival attracts, John has been careful to remain true to the casual, grass roots nature of the original event. The result has been a festival that is commercially successful but it is also highly regarded for its support of new filmmaking talent, filmmaker initiatives and distribution programme; many filmmakers have gone on to have successful local and international careers following their TROPFEST debuts.”

All access at the TROPFEST Arabia workshops

More videos at the Tropfest Arabia Channel on Youtube

22 September entries close for film submissions.
1st October Judging sessions begin
16 October we will announce the finalist shortlist.

Beginning of November TROPFEST Arabia Festival will be held in Abu Dhabi. We will screen all of our finalists at this event and will post all finalists to our website .