YES, I WENT!!! Did you go??
I would actually be surprised if Brooklyn Mak didn't go. Really surprised.
What is Tropfest, you ask?
It is a Short Film Festival. This is the first year that it's ever been in NYC. :) Upcoming filmmakers have the chance to be a part of this festival. The winner wins $20,000 cash, a screening on Starz Cinema nationally and a week of meetings with some of Hollywood's decision makers. Tropfest USA is supported by official Ambassadors such as Russel Crow, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, among others. To read more about the history, click here.
Tropfest NY was open to the public & absolutely free to attend. It was from 3-11pm and hosted by the sexy Hugh Jackman. To a guarantee a place they recommended people to get tickets, which I did. But they didn't even look at the tickets, they just threw it in the garbage after they glanced at it. I took lots of pictures.
Even though it started at 3pm, The films didn't start until 8pm. I brought my best friend and her nephew along, we got there around 4pm and we just found a spot on the grass and waited. After a while, my best friend stayed to hold the spot while me & her nephew went to get food. Plus there was a street fair going on so we went to check out the food. :) When we got back, we ended up taking a nap until 7:30pm.
When it started, Hugh Jackman was just sooooooooo fine. :) We weren't that close to the stage BUT we could see him from the jumbo tron. I took a picture of him on the stage to give you an idea from where we were.
They also showed us some Tropfest Featured Films. There was a film, Animal Beatbox, it was such a catchy tune and I loved it. Another one called Boo was good too.
The panel of judges were Judah Friedlander (30 rock), Scott Foundas (Renowned film critc), Jennifer Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein), producer Ted Hope (Adventureland) and Rose Byrne (X Men: First Class).
All the films in the running, had to have a bagel in the video. All were amazing but the two I really liked were Break Up Tour & Elvis: The Lonely Hunter of Circle-Beach.
We all met Elvis on the jumbo tron, he was sooo adorable, I would of petted him. :)
The grand prize winner was Josh Leake's for his film "Emptys". More details can be read here. His acceptance speech was so cute since he was the phone with his mom.
Josh even got Hugh Jackman to sing New York with him. Which I recorded, :p
The Tropfest Signature Item for next year is "Bridge".
I will be coming again next year and coming even earlier. Hugh Jackman mentioned that since so many people came then maybe next year we should do it in Central Park. :)
Also there will be an OOTD post coming up.
Will you be making a film for next year?
Did you attend yesterday?
Will you attend next year?
Did you attend the Vegas one?