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September 4th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Laugh your ass off at

this ‘Brit-com’ from Oz

John Polson, founder and director of TropFest, Australia’s largest short film festival. Click image to enlarge.

SINCE THE ISRAELI defense minister on Tuesday urged the country to relax and enjoy the Rosh Hashanah holiday that begins at sunset this evening, we thought we would take a break from the all-Syria-all-the-time news this morning.
For your amusement we bring you a video item courtesy of Tropfest, Australia, which bills itself as “the world’s largest short film festival.”
But first, a word on the topic of Syria.
Tovah Lazarof of the Jerusalem Post reports this morning in Israelis can relax over Rosh Hashana holiday, IDF not interfering in Syria  that Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said Tuesday as he visited a lookout point next to Ramallah that Israelis can relax over the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holiday because Israel is not planning to interfere in Syria and its enemies understand the price of attacking Israel.
WATCH A HILARIOUS SHORT FILM BELOW THE FOLD

YA’ALON WAS QUOTED in The Post as saying: “Israeli citizens can be relaxed and celebrate the new year and the upcoming holidays, in peace and tranquility. They also do not need to run to stock up on gas masks.”
And now, back to our regular programming.

The web site of Tropfest is rich in imagery, archives and history of the 20-year old even. Click image to enlarge.

According to its website Tropfest “is Australia’s most prestigious short film festival and one of its most iconic cultural events. It is also the largest short film festival in the world.
“At home [in Australia], Tropfest is recognized for its enormous contribution to the development of the Australian film industry by providing unique platforms for talented filmmakers through its events and initiatives, and new and expanded audiences for their work.”
The annual short film competition is open to anyone who wishes to enter – regardless of their background or experience. Sixteen finalists are selected from an entry pool of an average 700 annual entries and compete for more than $100,000 in prizes.

FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR of Tropfest, John Polson is “an award-winning actor and director,” the web site says.
In a 2 ½ minute video history of the now huge event, Polson explains:

The dramatic backdrop to a previous location for Tropfest is the iconic Sydney Harbor Bridge, recognizable to viewers around the globe. Click image to enlarge.

“It all began in 1993 when I wanted to share my short film “Surrey Hills 902 spring roll” at the Tropicana Café [in Darlinghurst, Sydney] and 200 people showed up.
“Inspired by the turn-out, I set a deadline and a few months later a thousand people showed up to watch nine films and the Tropicana Short Film Festival was born.
“Year after year more [people] turned up until the audience outgrew the café and spilled into the street.
“In 1997 TropFest moved to Rushcutters Bay Park (in Sydney) to accommodate a growing audience of 16,000 people.
“Two years later TropFest relocated again to its present home the Domain [in Centennial Park] in Sydney where it now hosts a live satellite broadcast to seven capital cities [in Australia] and a national live audience of more than 150,000 people.”
The video below is entitled How many more doctors does it take to change a lightbulb? and is posted in the 2012 Finalists section of the 2012 archive of Tropfest.
Written produced and directed by Marie Patane, the description is a bit tongue-in-cheek (no spoiler, this)
“One man’s faith in the medical profession is about to be ‘sorely’ tested.”
Laugh your ass off, indeed.

This post is dedicated to Mikki Bolliger, who shared this video just when I needed a breath of fresh air from the all-Syria-all-the-time news.

 

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One Response  
  • Jack van Dijk writes:
    September 4th, 2013

    funny


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