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The film, which had its world premiere at Cannes this year will have its North American premiere at the Utah independent film festival, 19-29 January, in the international narrative short film division.
Edgerton said: “It’s a huge honour that Bear has been selected to screen at Sundance but especially meaningful because Kieran Darcy-Smith, with whom I made my very first short film Loaded and who started Blue-Tongue Films with Joel and I back in the day, will be at Sundance too with his »
- Colin Delaney
AFI-nominated director Nash Edgerton will join a fellow Blue-Tongue Films. co-founder, Kieran Darcy-Smith, at next year.s Sundance Film Festival after his latest short film.made the cut. Bear, his.follow-up to 2007 multi-award winning short film Spider,.was co-written by Animal Kingdom.s David Michôd.and will have its North American premiere at the Us. largest independent film festival. It marks Edgerton.s fifth short to be selected.for the renowned festival. Bear, which was nominated earlier this year for the Palme d.Or for Best Short Film at the Cannes International Film Festival, was produced by Lauren Edwards and John Polson and stars Edgerton (brother of Joel) alongside Teresa Palmer and director Warwick Thornton. »
- Sam Dallas
When Tropfest creator John Polson isn’t busy taking the festival to the world, he’s flat out with a host of film and television projects. We ask him about Sydney’s 20th Tropfest, his thoughts on sponsorship and Sydney I Love You.
Did you ever expect Tropfest to become as big as it has?
No, I had no idea. I didn’t know it would last to the second year. It started as a short film screening and I ran with the ball. I never expected it to have the scope that it does in Australia or any of the other places.
What’s next for the world’s largest short film festival?
We’re pushing Tropfest Sydney to three days for the 20th birthday with a party on Friday 17 February, an all day seminar on Saturday, musical events and the main event Sunday. The conference will have six »
- Brooke Hemphill
Subscribers to Encore magazine will this week receive the first new look edition following a major redesign.
The relaunch – one of the most significant in the title’s three decades – sees Encore remain focused on the screen industry, and widened to include content creation across other media too.
The pagination of Encore has been doubled as part of the relaunch.
Features in the first new edition include an in depth examination of Australia’s breakfast television shows, an on set visit to The Celebrity Apprentice, Bob Ellis asking whether Romper Stomper has stood the test of time and an interview with Trop Fest boss John Polson.
Regular columnists include Popcorn Taxi’s Chris Murray who discusses film funding and Ben Shepherd who examines how to get investment in online video production. The In Production section of Encore has also been doubled in size.
As a special offer, until next week »
- Tim Burrowes
Apra and Tropfest have put out a call for entries for a competition for all budding film composers to coincide with the 2012 Tropfest.
Composers are asked to score the short film Ruturning, by emerging filmmaker Amelia Olsen-Boyd with entries due by Thursday 12 January.
The winner will receive $5,000 cash, thanks to Apra, as well as a once in a life time chance to perform or have their score performed in-front of thousands of film fans at Movie Extra Tropfest Australia live in Sydney on Sunday 19 February 2012.
Tropfest Founder and Director, John Polson says “I’m incredibly excited to have Apra on board as our sponsor for Tropscore as we head into our 20th year.”
“Apra has a long history of supporting emerging artists. Tropfest’s music competition Tropscore provides an important opportunity for »
- Colin Delaney
Tropfest will expand on its format for next year’s 20th edition in 2012.
The Tropfest short film festival will become a three day event, festival director John Polson told Encore. He said: “We’re pushing to three days for the twentieth birthday with a party on Friday, an all-day industry seminar on Saturday, musical events on Saturday night and the main event on Sunday.” There will also be screenings of the best films from the first 20 years.
“The conference will have six to eight successful filmmakers, maybe from short films, maybe from features, financiers, cinematographers; It is an opportunity for filmmakers serious about their career and taking their position to the next level to hear from others that have done well.”
The news comes with the announcement of this year’s Tropfest signature item, a light bulb and a call for entries. Entries close on Thursday 5 January 2012 at 6pm. The »
- Colin Delaney
Calling John Polson at 10pm in New York, Filmink asks Tropfest's festival director whether we've caught him at the end of a long day. "Kind of," he laughs. "We just had a baby so you could say it's been a long day. But it's all good. I'm in the hospital right now and happy to talk." Indeed, no one can argue that John Polson isn't 100% dedicated to Tropfest, the short film festival that he founded in 1992. It's this commitment and passion for filmmaking that sees the festival thriving two decades on with Tropfest about to celebrate its 20th anniversary in February next year. »
Screen Development Australia in association with its state-based organisations is calling for entries for competition, The National Pitch 2011.
The winner of the competition will represent Australia at the Motion Picture Association (Mpa) Asia Pacific partners with the China International Copyright Expo (Cice) Film Workshop in Beijing to compete at an international level against 13 representatives from other territories in the Asia Pacific region.
However, entrants must first win their state rounds.
Metro Screen’s Network Coordinator Craig Boreham told Encore, “It’s not about pitching a production so much – it might be: a producer pitching themselves or their slate; they might be looking to move into the long form because they’re experience in shorts has led to success at various film festivals; It might be a director who has the project they want to make; a scriptwriter to discuss their various ideas. It’s for someone ready to sell themselves »
- Colin Delaney
There are a few pieces of development news for you today. Deadline tells us that Kario Salem – who is working with DreamWorks and Warner Bros. on a biopic of Martin Luther King Jr. — has signed with the former studio on another project, one only described as a crime thriller. Produced by Gary Foster, Russ Krasnoff, and Adrienne Maloof, the story is said to be “inspired by true events,” centering on “decorated war hero returns home to a job as a police officer, and to the woman of his dreams.” Things go awry when “everything he believes in turns out to be fiction.”
Kalem has been getting a decent amount of work lately, having written the Patricia Cornwall adaptation Scarpetta, which will star Angelina Jolie, as well as Curtis Hanon‘s Mavericks, starring Gerard Butler. I’m not familiar with any of his writing, sadly, so it wouldn’t be possible »
- Nick Newman
John Polson seems to have found something to occupy his time in between running Tropfest, the largest short film festival in the world, and directing episodes of The Mentalist. In what is technically known as a no-brainer, Polson has partnered with Arclight Films' boss Gary Hamilton, to announce a feature film made from 12 smaller films called Sydney, I Love You. Cut in the mold of 2006 collection Paris, Je t'aime and 2009 follow-up New York, I Love You, the Sydney version will follow the format and appropriate the title from the two films cooked up by producer Emmanuel Benbihy, despite no formal connection. Each of the 12 films will be set in a different month, starting with January and ending with December. Polson has promised the feature will be more than just »
"I want to say this: this is not an Opera House and Harbour Bridge movie," John Polson tells us over the phone from his New York home. "If those two icons appear very little or at all, that wouldn't bother me in the slightest. This is about the real Sydney." A director and producer in his own right, but perhaps best known as founder of Tropfest, Polson is talking to us about the feature he's set produce with Gary Hamilton, Sydney, I Love You. Taking its inspiration from the similarly themed New York I Love You and Paris Je T'aime - cinematic love letters to their respective cities - this will see some of Australia's biggest and brightest names direct and star in twelve shorts with each one to be set in Sydney during a different month of the year. »
Filmmakers John Polson and Gary Hamilton will join forces to produce the feature film Sydney, I Love You in early-2012. The film ..a collection of 12 short films.set in each month of the year ..is described as a love letter from Australia's top film talent to one of the great cities of the world. Polson and Hamilton have already begun narrowing down the potential contributors to the project, from .living legends. to up-and-comers. The short films will vary in style and genre but will be connected thematicly while one composer (not yet appointed) will produce the soundtrack to ensure overall consistency. Polson is the founder-director of the world's largest short film festival, Tropfest, and an established filmmaker while Hamilton »
- Brendan Swift
Australian producers John Polson and Gary Hamilton today announced they will partner on a feature film entitled Sydney, I Love You, scheduled to go into production in early 2012. The film will be a love letter from Australia's top film talent to one of the great cities of the world.
Australia's biggest and brightest names will write, direct and star in Sydney, I Love You. The finished film will be comprised of 12 shorts-approximately 8-10 minutes each-with each one set in Sydney during a different month of the year.
The film positions Sydney among the great cities of love, affirming its place as one of the world's most inspiring destinations. .
John Polson is an award-winning director and producer of film and television in Australia and the Us, as well as founder/director of the world's largest short film festival, Tropfest. Gary Hamilton is Managing Director of Arclight Films International and producer of »
While we live in a world where spin-offs and sequels are an everyday occurrence, one of the strangest in the film industry must be the [Enter City], I Love You movies. Starting with Paris, Je T'Aime in 2006 (which gathered together works from amazing directors such as the Coen brothers, Alfonso Cuaron, Gus Van Sant, Alexander Payne and Wes Craven), the franchise continued with New York, I Love You in 2009 (which featured less prestigious names like Brett Ratner and Allen Hughes) and movies such as Jerusalem, I Love You; Rio, I Love You; and Shanghai, I Love You have been previously announced. Apparently Australia wants in on the love-fest now too. THR reports that producers Gary Hamilton and John Polson are now gearing up to make Sydney, I Love You. Just like the other films, the project will contain multiple different stories, but there will be a bit more structure this »
Following in line with features, Paris Je T’Aime and New York, I Love You, John Polson has announced he, with Gary Hamilton (Arclight Films), will produce Sydney, I Love You – a collection of short films by some of Australia’s finest established and up and coming feature directors.
Speaking to Encore from New York, Polson said “the feature will involve 12 films, each eight to ten minutes long put together as one feature project.”
“With some of the best talent Australia has to offer,” said Polson, “the plan is to put together some of the best Australian directors and build the stories and from there find the best actors, shooting it in 2012 with a late 2012 – early 2013 release date. We haven’t got anyone yet but I’ve had some phone calls from very interested people – I know a number of directors who have had a short film idea for some »
- Colin Delaney
Given that the likes of omnibus romance films Paris, je t’aime and New York, I love You have done decent business, it’s not surprising that other cities and producers would be looking to adapt the model themselves. The latest looks to be set in one of Australia’s most iconic locales, with filmmakers John Polson and Gary Hamilton pitching an Oz-set version called Sydney, I Love You.While things are still at an early stage, the pair has been developing this since the Cannes Film Festival, with a rough plan for 12 short films of 8-10 minutes each that would chronicle a story during a different month of the year. No one is committed to shoot or act in any of the mini-movies yet, but the producers have already been starting talks.“Our hopes are that we’ll attract the highest level of talent, although nothing is confirmed yet, »
Australian producers John Polson and Gary Hamilton today announced they will partner on a feature film entitled Sydney, I Love You , scheduled to go into production in early 2012. The film is described as "a love letter from Australia's top film talent to one of the great cities of the world." Polson and Hamilton say that Australia's "biggest and brightest names" will write, direct and star in Sydney, I Love You . The finished film will be comprised of 12 shorts--approximately 8-10 minutes each--with each one set in Sydney during a different month of the year. John Polson is an award-winning director and producer of film and television in Australia and the Us, as well as founder/director of the world's largest short film festival, Tropfest. Gary Hamilton is »
Nash Edgerton’s short film Bear will screen in competition at next month’s Cannes Film Festival.
“To be honest, when I got the call I thought someone was pranking me. It’s a huge honor that Bear has been selected and I haven’t stopped smiling. I’ve always wanted to have a film there and I’m just so thankful to everyone who pitched in to help get it made,” said Edgerton.
“It’s very exciting and totally surreal that this time next month we’ll be premiering it in competition at Cannes,” he added.
The story was co-written by Edgerton and David Michod, and shot by cinematographer Adam Arkapaw. Bear was produced by Lauren Edwards and John Polson, and financed by Billabong, fxphd and Movie Network Channels. »
- Miguel Gonzalez
Underbelly and Balibo actor Damon Gameau's short film Animal Beatbox - which cost $85 to make - has paid big dividends for the young filmmaker who took out top prize at Tropfest last night. Receiving the warmest audience response, the short film - which was shot in Gameau's mother's spare room - is a quirky stop-start animation featuring calls of the wild, beatbox rhythms and amusing lyrics. "I'm quite new to stop animation, but I find it a quick and versatile way to express any idea that may be lurking in my head," Gameau says. Tropfest founder and director, John Polson, says the truly unique film generated a real buzz among the audience. »
“I’m quite new to stop animation, but I find it a quick and versatile way to express any idea that may be lurking in my head,” said Gameau.
According to information released by the organisers, Gameau shot the film in his mother’s spare room for $85.
Gameau will receive a trip to Abu Dhabi to be a judge in the inaugural Tropfest Arabia, as well as a trip to La to meet with agents and industry executives, a Canon camera and $5,000 cash.
The Jury included Bruce Beresford, Olivia Newton-John, Jack Thompson, Xavier Samuel, Stephan Elliott, Liz Watts, Abe Forsythe, Joseph Fiennes and Tropfest founder John Polson – who announced the signature item for 2012 is ‘lightbulb’.
Following the announcement, Twitter users have »
- Miguel Gonzalez
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