International Council for Film,Television
and Audiovisual Communication (ICFT)






Location: worldwide, originated from Australia
Founding year: 1993

Tropfest is the world's largest short film festival. It has also become known as the world's first truly global film festival. It began in 1993 as a screening for 200 people in a cafe in Sydney but has since become the largest platform for short films in the world. It has expanded to cities around the world including Abu Dhabi, London, Berlin, Toronto, Bangkok, and New York.
Tropfest distinguishes itself from other events by being a "content generation" platform, rather than merely an exhibition platform. Filmmakers are required to create new works for the festival which must include an item, known as the "Tropfest Signature Item" (TSI) and which changes each year. The films must be less than 7 minutes (including titles and credits) and be world premieres at the Tropfest event.
Tropfest's prize pool is one of the richest in the short film arena, and includes international trips to develop filmmaking careers and "work experience" with top filmmakers. As a result, Tropfest has become known as the undisputed premiere launch pad for filmmaking careers, although to date this has been most notable in Australia, where many commercial and critical successes are directed by Tropfest alumni.