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Tropfest Coming to NYC’s Bryant Park

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Luminary-luring Thompson Hotels is official partner of world’s largest short film fest (with a $20K top prize!)

Tropfest New York which is taking place on the Bryant Park grounds on June 23rd, is calling for entries from emerging U.S. filmmakers.

A global affair, the entries’ short films will be screened in front of both live and online audiences, and will be judged by a celebrity and movie industry panel. Best in show takes home $20,000, although there will be other prizes given.

Thompson Hotels was named the official hotel partner of the event, which was founded 20 years ago in Sydney, Australia by its director, John Polson.

“The festival is supported by some of the biggest stars in the international film community, and has received thousands of submissions for its film festivals in Australia and the recently launched Tropfest Arabia in Abu Dhabi,” a press release announced last week. “We are excited to be fostering filmmaker talent by taking this global phenomenon to emerging filmmakers across America and providing them with the groundbreaking opportunity to showcase their skills in front of such a large audience,” said Polson. “Anyone looking for a platform to be creative, regardless of production budget, should enter Tropfest New York.”

Tropfest New York Ambassadors include Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman,Anthony Lapaglia, Liev Schreiber, Geoffrey Rush, and Charles Randolph. Dozens of successful directors, writers, actors and others got their start at Tropfest.

Festival alumni include Sam Worthington Joel Edgerton, Alister Grierson (director of the James Cameron-produced Sanctum); and Tony Rogers, whose Tropfest short, “Wilfred,” was the origin of the popular U.S. TV series of the same name, starring Elijah Wood.

For aspiring filmmakers seeking the ultimate Tropfest New York experience, host hotel Gild Hall will be offering a limited VIP Filmmaker package for the night of June 22, 2012 only. The offer includes:

  • Accommodations for two (2) guests in a luxurious King Suite
    Exclusive access to Tropfest’s VIP events, including:
  • (2) Tickets: Rough-cut Filmmaker’s Seminar
  • (2) Tickets: 20th Birthday Party and Late Night screening of best short films over past 20-years
  • Exclusive Tropfest in-room welcome amenity
  • Rates start at $549 per night

To book the Gild Hall VIP Filmmaker package, call (212) 232-7700. Thompson Hotels will also be offering special room rates at all our New York hotels. To book, please enter the promo code TROPNY on for any NY properties.

For more information, show times, relating events, and how to enter the contest, please visit the official Tropfest Website.