Film & TV

Help get SA films into TROPFEST 2012 finals!

The Media Resource Centre (MRC) is ecstatic to announce Juice Lords, a short film made through the MRC’s first Tropfest Jr workshop, is a finalist for the 2012 Trop Jnr and will screen in competition nationally on Sunday 19 February. The aspiring young filmmakers between the ages of 11-14 are Charlie Anderson, Gina Cameron, Waniki Gibuma-Marr, Jarrad Lowe, Harper Robb, Tallulah Robb and Bodhi Stone. South Australians can watch Tropfest Jr from 2pm at a FREE event on the Glenelg foreshore.

While South Australian junior filmmakers involved with the MRC have immediately made the grade with their selection as a finalist for Tropfest Jr, their older contemporaries need a little bit of help from their fellow South Australians to get over the line.

Two South Australian films, made through the MRC’s Tropfest production initiative, have just missed out on a spot in the top 15 finalist list, but are now competing with eight other films for the extra 16th viewer selected place, decided by the most audience votes.

The SA films are: Animated Comedy – Clarence’s Kite (writer/director/producers Chris Spencer & Thomas Cant) and Comedy – Suburban Samurai, (writer/director Craig Behenna and producers David Ngo and Nick Matthews).  

Clarence’s Kite is a quirky animation made by a team of students who came to the MRC with the project and needed some funding and mentoring to complete the film to a professional standard. Suburban Samurai is an action comedy about honour, injustice and bloody vengeance. One Samurai takes on the parking inspectors! Like Juice Lords, they are both entirely South Australian projects – written, directed, produced and crewed by young South Australians working with the Media Resource Centre.

MRC Director Gail Kovatseff said “We’re thrilled at the success of these filmmakers, both established and young. We’re proud to support them and wish them well for the next round.”

Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of the largest short film festivals in the world. The MRC’s Tropfest Production Initiative aims to assist South Australian filmmakers develop and produce an engaging, entertaining short specifically for entry into Tropfest. Cash investment in this year’s projects totaled more than $25,000 plus $15,000 in kind equipment and facilities to support the production of their short films.

HOW TO VOTE: From today, Clarence’s Kite and Suburban Samurai will be live at

You can vote from your computer once every 24 hours, which means you can give them both the thumbs up every day until voting closes on Wednesday 15 February at midnight AEST.


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