Tropfest comes to Vegas – June 1-3, 2012

Tropfest comes to Vegas – June 1-3, 2012

The “world’s largest short film festival”  – Tropfest  – is heading for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, June 1-3, 2012.

Twenty years ago, in Sydney Australia, a young actor-turned director named John Polson started a mini short film festival at his favorite coffee haunt; the Tropicana Café in the trendy inner city suburb of Darlinghurst. At the time, a handful of aspiring filmmakers handed him a VHS and these short and quirky films were then screened on a television in the café for about 200 people.

Within a few short years the festival, known as Tropfest, had amassed popularity and grown so large that audiences were spilling into the street. Videos were replaced by film submissions, and projected onto huge screens. Polson was savvy enough to get high-profile acting mates such as Russell Crowe and Nicole Kidman (and even Tom Cruise) to serve as judges on the annual festival, lending the event prestige and hype.  The massively popular annual event is now held in Sydney’s largest public venue, the Domain (adjacent to Sydney Harbor).

Now famous for being “the world’s largest short film festival,” in 2007, Tropfest partnered with the Tribeca Film Festival to present [email protected] in Battery Park, New York City.

The inaugural Tropfest Arabia, encompassing approximately thirty-three countries throughout the Middle East and North Africa, took place in Abu Dhabi in November 2011.

Now, to celebrate its twenty-year existence, Tropfest broadening its market. First stop this year is a Tropfest Vegas, a weekend-long short film festival at the glam hotel The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas, June 2-4, 2012. There will be parties, concerts and events plus a presentation of sixteen of the best short films from the past twenty years.  Later in June Tropfest will be held for one night in New York. Festival dates for 2012 in Paris, London, Berlin, Toronto, India and Bangkok are in the works.


Tropfest and The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas are collaborating to bring the world’s largest short film festival to the city of lights with the launch of Tropfest Las Vegas.

The weekend-long event which celebrates the 20th Birthday of the film festival will also feature live musical performances, film-themed birthday events and will culminate with a Tropfest “All-Star” competition featuring some of the best Tropfest films from the past twenty years.

Choosing from 16 finalist films, an industry and celebrity judging panel will select the overall winner from Tropfest’s storied history live in front of thousands of festival-goers.

Tropfest Las Vegas

Schedule of Events at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas:

Friday June 1 – 9.00 PM Tropfest Welcome Party

Live Performance by Allen Stone.

Saturday, June 2 – 8:00 PM Tropfest 20th Birthday Party

Live Performance by Delta Spirit.

Sunday, June 3 – 8:00 PM Tropfest All Star Competition hosted by Rob Corddry

Live Performance by singer/songwriter LP.


General admittance to all Tropfest Las Vegas events is FREE but they strongly encourage you to reserve your space for the ‘All Star Competition’ here.

(Maximum 4 spaces per booking.)

Exclusive packages and VIP tickets can be purchased online here.

Or by calling 702-698-7778.

VIP tickets for the three-day event cost $200.00 and allow access to premium viewing areas and reserved areas for VIP ticket holders, celebrity judges and filmmakers.

Book it now!



Animal Beatbox directed by: Damon Gameau

Synopsis: What is the true call of the wild?

Bomb directed by: Alister Grierson

Synopsis: When a man thinks his day can’t get any worse, he discovers he is driving a bomb.

Boo directed by: Rupert Reid

Synopsis: A dark and funny look at life, death and the secret to a long marriage.

Buried directed by: Tim Bullock

Synopsis: Sometimes, disposing of a body can be a real pain in the ass.

Carmichael & Shane directed by: Alex Weinress & Rob Carlton

Synopsis: A single father has a unique approach to raising his two year old twin boys- pick a favorite.

Fish Lips directed by: Duane Fogwell

Synopsis: A story about love, about family, about fish fingers and a game called Yachtzee!

Lamb directed by: Emma Freeman

Synopsis: A father and his blind son struggle to survive on a drought stricken land.

Lemonade Stand directed by: Alethea Jones

Synopsis: Benny and Grandad are best friends and never leave each other’s side. They also run the most successful light refreshment stand in town. Yet all could change when an old neighbor decides to get in the way.

Lucky directed by: Nash Edgerton

Synopsis: Lucky finds himself in a bind.

Mankind Is No Island directed by: Jason van Genderen

Synopsis: ‘Mankind Is No island’ is a film shot entirely on a cell phone, using found signage on the streets of New York and Sydney to tell a touching story from the very heart of two cities.

Scab directed by: Koichi Iguchi

Synopsis: Learning is tough, especially when your tutor has something on his lip.

The Mistake directed by: Bryan Moses

Synopsis: The morning after a big night, a girl does everything she can to quietly escape the regrettable one-night stand asleep next to her.

The Story of Bubble Boy directed by: Sean Ascroft

Synopsis: In a stab-happy world, a sad outcast wrestles with his demons. The story of bubbleboy is a film about being trapped by the past and redeemed by the future.

The Switch directed by: Jonathan Emmerling

Synopsis: A romantically challenged man receives an unexpected offer.

Uncle Jonny directed by: Mark Constable

Synopsis: Uncle Jonny is the best mate of a 7-year old who is daydreaming during class.

Wilfred directed by: Tony Rogers

Synopsis: A man and a dog vie for a woman’s attention. Can they come to a compromise? Not likely.

Pauline Adamek

Pauline Adamek is a Los Angeles-based arts enthusiast with twenty-five years' experience covering International Film Festivals and reviewing new Theatre, Film and Restaurants.


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