Tropfest, the largest short film festival to reach Malaysia

The biggest short film festival in the world will this weekend grace Malaysian lands for the very first time.

Tropfest, which presents a collection of award-winning Australian short films, will be screened at the Annexe Gallery at Central Market in Jalan Hang Tuah this Saturday and Sunday.

The screening in Malaysia will be part of Tropfest’s growing global platform, with the inaugural Tropfest Arabia involving 33 Middle-Eastern and North African countries set to take place later this year.

Founded by writer-director John Polson, who directed the famous Robert de Niro-Dakota Fanning starrer ‘Hide and Seek’ in 2005, the event has grown in stature ever since it began in 1993 as a screening for 200 people in a café at Sydney.

Around 150,000 people watch the live event of Tropfest annually in Australia, and many more through live broadcasts across the country.

Filmmakers are required to make a film not longer than seven minutes (credits included), and the film is required to debut internationally on the Tropfest platform.

The screening at Annexe this weekend will involve nine selected short films by aspiring Australian filmmakers.

Admission for the screening is free, but the limited seats will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Registration will start one hour before screening time.