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Three SA Films Make Final Cut For Tropfest 2012

Three South Australian films have been shortlisted for the 2012 Movie Extra Tropfest Film Festival and two for Trop Jnr. All three films supported through the MRC's Tropfest Production Initiative were shortlisted, as were both films produced in the MRC’s inaugural Tropfest Junior Bootcamp.

The shortlisted entries from SA are: A Tortured Mind (writer/director Dave Wade, producer Bettina Hamilton), animated comedy Clarence’s Kite (writer/directors/producers Chris Spencer & Thomas Cant) and Suburban Samurai (writer/director Craig Behenna and producers David Ngo and Nick Matthews). The 2012 Tropfest Signature Item is "lightbulb". The filmmakers find out on Feb 3 if they are finalists.

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.

“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," said MRC Director Gail Kovatseff.

The participants in MRC’s Tropfest Junior Bootcamp produced two films for Tropfest Junior: Juice Lords and The Making of Juice. The aspiring young filmmakers are Bodhi Stone, Charlie Anderson, Jarrad Lowe, Gina Cameron, Harper Robb, Tallulah Robb and Waniki- Gibuma-Marr.

Tropfest is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of the largest short film festivals in the world.

Trop Jr is a filmmaking competition and free outdoor festival for kids 15 years and younger. Trop Jr is about encouraging young people to make films and follows the same format as all Tropfest competitions, in that all entries must be made specifically for the festival, be no longer than seven minutes, and feature the Trop Jr Signature Item, which for 2012 is JUICE.

The Tropfest and Trop Jnr. finalists will be screened around Australia on Sunday 19 February.

For more info, visit http://tropfest.com/au/

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