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Matt Day wins Tropfest with black comedy ‘The Mother Situation’

12 February 2017 5:28 PM, PST | | See recent news »

Matt Day took out the winning prize with film 'The Mother Situation'. (Photo: Andy Green/Red Bull Content Pool)

Matt Day's black comedy.The Mother Situation.has taken out this year.s Tropfest.

The film follows three adult siblings as they assist their terminally ill mother to commit suicide.

.I didn.t expect this to happen, I was just really looking forward to getting my film in front of as many people as possible so receiving the win is just a bonus,. said Day, best known for his acting work on the likes of Rake and Tangle..

.Tonight was the first time that I saw the film off of my laptop and I do my own post-production work so I was just pleased that it all came together..

Day took home $10,000 and will also receive a return trip to La for meetings with industry professionals and networking, »

- Staff Writer

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For the first time, women make up 50 per cent of Tropfest finalists

24 January 2017 6:52 PM, PST | | See recent news »

.Catherine Mack's 'Passenger'.

Tropfest has unveiled its 2017 lineup, and for the first time in the festival's 25 year history, half of the finalists are women..

Last year, the festival came under fire for having only one female finalist.(Angela McCormack for her film,.Tay Man). Tropfest founder and director John Polson called for more women to enter.the fest, pointing out that the number of female entrants (and not just female finalists) had traditionally hovered around the 20 per cent mark..

In June, as Tropfest announced a switch to a not-for-profit business model, it also promised the festival would have.a stronger focus on attracting female filmmakers.

Polson called the calibre of films submitted for 2017's festival .outstanding. and noted it was wonderful to see entrants reflecting a range of diversity and gender..

.Over the past 12 months, made a major effort to attract women to enter Tropfest.—.with help from »

- Jackie Keast

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